Regular Season Round 6 - December 03, 2008 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-1 Regular Season 2-3
4-1 Overall 2-3

Referees

Crew Chief
ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ, Poland
Referee
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire
JURAS, MARKO, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.8 Points 76.2
36.6 Rebounds 32.6
9.8 O. Rebounds 11.2
26.8 D. Rebounds 21.4
15.8 Assists 11.4
8.6 Steals 9.0
3.2 Blocks 1.2
15.4 Turnovers 13.2
55.4 % 2PT 50.0 %
43.1 % 3PT 33.8 %
69.7 % FT 76.8 %
98.2 Index 71.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.4 / Greer Points 19.0 / WARREN, CHRIS
8.8 / Bourousis Rebounds 6.4 / WILLIAMS, ERIC
2.4 / Bourousis OR 3.2 / WILLIAMS, ERIC
6.4 / Bourousis DR 4.0 / SLAY, TAMAR
5.2 / Papaloukas Assists 4.2 / BEST, TRAVIS
1.8 / Greer Steals 1.6 / SLAY, TAMAR
1.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Blocks 0.4 / Crosariol
2.8 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Turnovers 2.6 / SLAY, TAMAR
70.0 % / Papaloukas 2PT 77.8 % / RADULOVIC, NIKOLA
100.0 % / Printezis 3PT 44.4 % / Diener, D.
100.0 % / Halperin FT 100.0 % / Diener, D.
19.8 / Bourousis Index 18.0 / WARREN, CHRIS

THE TAKE

Olympiacos will look to stay atop the Group A standings when it entertains Air Avellino at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, on Wednesday. The Reds are coming off a tough overtime win at Le Mans last week that saw the club improve its record to 4-1 – tied with Cibona for the top spot in the group. Meanwhile Avellino saw its modest two-game winning streak snapped at Cibona and head coach Zare Markovski’s squad continues to seek its first road win. Olympiacos pulled away after a slow start to bury Avellino 69-83 when they met in their season openers in October. Josh Childress paced five players in double figures in his first ever Euroleague game with 14 points as well as 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Olympiacos has continued to come together in recent game, with a number of players getting better from week to week. Guards Lynn Greer and Yotam Halperin are coming off their best games of the season, while Theo Papaloukas has dished at least 5 assists in each of the last four games. Milos Teodosic completes a strong backcourt that will lead the Reds at home against Avellino’s trio of Travis Best, Chris Warren and Drake Diener. At small forward, Tamar Slay will try to contain Childress on one of the key matchups of the night. Ioannis Bourousis has dominated inside for head coach Panagiotis Giannakis’s men, leading a frontcourt of Nikola Vujcic, Zoran Erceg and Sofoklis Schortsanitis. And the Reds can change looks with forwards Panos Vasilopoulos and Georgios Printezis playing important roles as well. Meanwhile Avellino may give up size, but not power with Eric Williams at center. Marko Tusek and Nikola Radulovic complete the frontline, with defensive strongman Andrea Crosariol available to bring size to the post. At home, Olympiacos is the clear favorite. Avellino’s best chance for the upset would come on the glass. The visitors have won both games this season in which they have outrebounded the opposition and lost all three times that they have not. However, Olympiacos is second in the league in rebounds and has outrebounded its opponents in all five games this season by an average of 6.4 per game – including winning the battle of the boards 33-42 the last time these two teas met. Another big night on the glass could spell a long evening in Piraeus for Avellino.

GAME QUOTES

Olympiacos
  • Guard Yotam Halperin needs just 3 more steals to reach 100 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Center Nikola Vujcic needs 20 more points to reach the 2,000-point plateau. Only four players have accomplished that feat to date – Marcus Brown, Luis Scola, J.R. Holden and Jaka Lakovic, the last of whom did so last week.
  • Guard Lynn Greer has seen his minutes played, points scored and three-pointers made rise in each Euroleague game this season.
  • Forward Josh Childress scored a season-high 24 points in Olympiacos’s Greek League win over Kolossos Rhodes on Sunday. His Euroleague season high is 15 scored in Week 2 against Unicaja. He has not scored in double figures since that game.
Air Avellino
  • Forward Marko Tusek has made at least 1 three-pointer in his last eight Euroleague games dating back to April 2007.
  • Guard Drake Diener has made at least 1 three-pointer in his last seven Euroleague games dating back to the Quarterfinal Playoffs last season.
  • Forward Nikola Radulovic and Olympiacos center Nikola Vujcic were teammates on the 2002 Asvel Basket squad that won the French championship.
  • Guard Antonio Porta was a member of the bronze-medal winning Argentinean national team at the 2008 Olympics that edged Greece in the quarterfinals 80-78. That Greece team was coached by Olympiacos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis and featured five current Olympiacos players: Theo Papaloukas, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos, Ioannis Bouroussis, Giorgos Printezis and Michalis Pelekanos.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"Avellino is a newcomer in the competition, but they have experienced players, who have the knowledge of big games and they have proved it so far. Their performance against Cibona in Zagreb shows that it will not be an easy night for us and this is something I keep telling my players from the beginning of the season. If we have patience, concentration and stick to our game plan, then we will take what we want from this game. If not, we will have a problem, since we are facing a tough team that is coming to play with no pressure at all."
MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
"After first half of the season, we have the same possibility that we had at the beginning of the competition. I think Avellino has a good chance to advance to the Top 16 and we have showed to be a good team. Against Olympiacos it will be a very tough game. Probably it’s the best team of our group and it has one of the most impressive rosters of the Euroleague. They were defeated in Zagreb and deservedly won the other games."

Players

TEODOSIC, MILOS
Olympiacos
"We know very well that if we want to finish at the place we are right now, we can't make a single false step, especially in our home court. Avellino is not easy to beat and I think everybody knows that from our first battle in Italy. They execute very quickly and sometimes they play with freedom. In addition, they are coming with no particular stress and that could cause great problems. If we perform according to our potential as a team and mainly start our game from defense, then we will take the victory."
BEST, TRAVIS
Air Avellino
"Last week we lost in Zagreb against Cibona and our walk to the Top 16 is more difficult at the moment, but we can’t give up. Therefore Avellino must trust in its chance. We have a good possibility to qualify to the next stage and we’ll play to win this game. In the first half of the season we have seen all the teams and I think that in the second half we’ll be able to try to win against all our opponents"
Josh Childress - OlympiacosOlympiacos kept the top spot in Group A and improved to 5-1 in the standings by simply overwhelming Air Avellino 91-66 in Athens, Greece on Wednesday night. Olympiacos may share first place with Cibona at the end of this round if the Croatian powerhouse downs Maccabi Electra in Tel Aviv tomorrow. Meanwhile, Avellino dropped to 2-4 and hosts Maccabi in a make-or-break game next week. Josh Childress led the winners with 13 points. Ioannis Bourousis, Lynn Greer and Milos Teodosic each added 11 while Nikola Vujcic had 10 for Olympiacos. Chris Warren led Avellino with 16 points. Eric Williams added 12, Tamar Slay had 11 while Mike Nardi got 10 for the guests, who trailed 25-22 early in the second quarter. Bourousis and Teodosic fueled a game-breaking 23-3 run that put the Reds ahead for good, 48-35. Olympiacos boosted its margin to 73-40 after 30 minutes and never looked back.

Eric Williams - Air AvellinoOlympiacos started with Bourousis bearing offensive responsibility as the hosts moved ahead 5-2. Soon, however, Warren stepped up for a dunk and Nikola Radulovic fired in a three-pointer to make it 5-9 for Avellino. It was time for the Reds to tighten their defense, and around a pair of Avellino misses, Greer scored the game's next 5 points to put Olympiacos in front again, 10-9. Childress had 2 layups to a single by Travis Best before Warren drilled a three-pointer from the wing to tie 14-14. Olympiacos looked inside again to find Vujcic and Schortsianitis before Theodoros Papaloukas finished the quarter with a baseline jumper and the hosts in charge at 20-16.

Schortsianitis proved unstoppable on offense with 5 quick points to open the second quarter by stretching the Olympiacos lead near to double digits, 25-16. Williams dunked twice and Best drove for the game's next 6 points as Avellino pulled within 25-22, but Olympiacos now got hot on the perimeter, too. Yotam Halperin, Bourousis and Teodosic chipped in a triple each as the Reds zoomed ahead 36-22. Warren stopped Avellino's slide at the free-throw line, but again Olympiacos reacted immediately with a layup by Bourousis and a three-pointer by Greer to go to the lockers with its biggest lead yet, 41-25.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis - OlympiacosAvellino needed to get something started after halftime, but it was Olympiacos which blasted off with a 7-0 run started by Zoran Erceg and finished from long distance by Teodosic. Williams dunked again to end Avellino's scoring silence, but Childress was ready to run the floor and score some layups using his great athleticism to let Olympiacos double the guests on the scoreboard, 54-27. Avellino seemed uninspired for comeback as the Reds enjoyed easy opportunities for open shots and the margin reached 30 points, 61-31, on a three-point basket-plus-free throw by Halperin. Even when Slay hit a triple for Avellino, Vassilopoulos matched him at the other end ti give the Reds a 73-40 lead after 30 minutes.

With the final winner already decided, the two head coaches had the opportunity to try out some plays. Every Red had seen more than five minutes of playing action before the start of the last quarter. Greer added another three-pointer to his tally to make it 76-40. Nardi and Warren combined for 6 points to cut it a bit to 80-48, but it was too little as the Reds coasted to an easy win.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 5000
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos20213218
Air Avellino1691526
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Olympiacos20417391
Air Avellino16254066
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 12:08 6 3/3   0/1   1 1 5   3     1 2 9
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 13:10 3 1/1 0/1 1/1   2 2     4     3 1 -2
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 19:40 13 5/7 0/2 3/4 2 2 4   1 2     1 2 12
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 15:25 10 3/7   4/4 1 4 5 2 1 1   1   4 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:46 11 4/5 1/2     5 5     1 1   2 1 13
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 11:48 8 1/1 1/1 3/3   1 1 1   1     1 2 10
11 GREER, LYNN 19:55 11 2/3 2/2 1/1 2 1 3 2     1   1 1 16
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 19:31 4 2/2 0/1         1         3   1
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 17:25 2 1/5       4 4     1   1 1 3 2
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 16:24 4 1/1 0/2 2/6 2 4 6   1       2 3 6
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:48 11 0/2 3/8 2/2       4         3 1 6
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 13:00 8 3/3   2/3 1 2 3           2 3 11
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 91 26/40 7/19 18/25 9 27 36 15 3 13 2 2 20 23 102
65% 36.8% 72%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Head coach: MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 WARREN, CHRIS 36:58 16 5/7 1/6 3/5 1 4 5 4   2 1 1 1 4 17
5 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 19:36 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2   1 1     3 1 2
6 PORTA, ANTONIO 4:07   0/1               2       1 -2
8 BEST, TRAVIS 17:18 6 3/9           1   2   1 1 3  
10 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 6:24   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 13:47 7 1/1   5/6   2 2   1 1     4 3 7
12 LISICKY, PETER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SLAY, TAMAR 35:14 11 4/7 1/5     5 5   1 3 1   4   4
17 TUSEK, MARKO 20:24 1 0/1 0/5 1/2 3 2 5   1 2     1 2 -1
20 WILLIAMS, ERIC 20:20 12 4/5   4/6 1 1 2 3         5 3 12
21 DIENER, DRAKE 11:48   0/1 0/2   3 1 4           1    
30 NARDI, MIKE 14:04 10 2/2 1/2 3/3           2     2 3 8
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 19/36 4/22 16/22 9 18 27 8 4 15 2 2 23 20 46
52.8% 18.2% 72.7%
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Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We knew what kind of team we were about to face, were well-prepared and didn’t lose concentration during the entire game. We made an exception in the last quarter when we lost our focus a bit because of the big difference in the score."
MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
“Congratulations to Olympiacos for its win and its performance tonight. They have one of the most impressive rosters of the competition and they are the best team of our group. We only managed to stay close for one quarter. I am disappointed because we gave up early in the game. We have to work harder and improve.”

Players

VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"Avellino has a good team. We are the ones that made it look so easy tonight. We managed to play good defense, especially on their perimeter players. I am happy with our performance, it will increase our rate of self-esteem. We relaxed a bit in the final quarter because of the big difference on the scoreboard. We are looking forward to the next game in order to earn the group’s top spot”
BEST, TRAVIS
Air Avellino
"The final score speaks volumes about our performance tonight. We didn’t play good in defense and faced big trouble to get connected. I think we played well in the first quarter, but when Olympiacos built a difference, we soon surrendered. We knew that it is difficult to beat such a good team on the road, but we should have been more competitive”
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