2007-08Regular SeasonRound 6
November 29, 2007 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Arvydas Macijauskas - Olympiacos Olympiacos moved into a three-way tie for third place in Group A by zooming late past Zalgiris to a 90-74 victory at home in Piraeus, Greece on Thursday. Olympiacos now has a 4-2 record, the same as Tau Ceramica and Montepaschi Siena, all tied for second place in Group A behind CSKA Moscow. Zalgiris fell to 2-4 and shares fifth place with Union Olimpija and Virtus VidiVici Bologna. Arvydas Macijauskas scored 32 points to pace Olympiacos again, including 5 in a row as the Reds broke open what had been a close game late in the third quarter. Qyntel Woods added 18 points, Lynn Greer and Marc Jackson 12 each for the winners, while Giannis Bouroussis claimed 14 rebounds. Zalgiris got 19 points from Marcus Brown, 14 from DeJuan Collins and 10 from Marko Popovic, but found itself unable to compete inside, where it lost the rebounding battle 42-32.

Paulius Jankunas and Brown combined for 5 points to get Zalgiris started, but Woods scored 5 of his own for a quick tie. Eurelijus Zukauskas dunked for the guests before Arvydas Macijauskas completed a basket-plus-free throw for the first Olympiacos lead, 8-7. Points kept on coming easy for both sides as Marc Jackson nailed a three-point shot from behind the arc and sank 2 free throws to make it 16-11 in favor of Olympiacos. Next, Giannis Bouroussis stopped Michael Bradley of Zalgiris and then ran the floor to finish a nice fastbreak. Goran Jurak broke the Zalgiris silence, but soon Jackson answered back for a basket-plus-free-throw at 21-13. Popovic drove to cut the margin to 22-17 and seconds later netted a triple at 24-20. However, Milos Teodosic saved the first quarter's last word for Olympiacos, making it 26-20 at the buzzer.

Marc Jackson and Eureljus Zukauskas - Olympiacos - ZalgirisJurak connected for a layup-plus-free throw to open the second quarter, but Woods copied him immediately to make it 31-23. When Bouroussis fired in a three-pointer, Olympiacos had its first double-digit-margin, 34-23. With a triple in response, Jonas Maciulis stepped up to prevent the hosts from running away too fast. Giorgos Printezis dunked for the hosts as the lead hit 41-29 and Zalgiris struggled to create good opportunities against the Olympaicos zone. That trend ended, however, as Brown and Collins found 6 straight points in the open court to cut the difference to 41-35. Zukauskas scored in the paint to increase Zalgiris’ unanswered run to 0-8 before Macijauskas connected from downtown to make it 44-37. Collins and Popovic combined for 5 consecutive points, though, as the visitors kept the momentum to draw as close as 44-42. Bradley and Collins nailed consecutive baskets to allow Zalgiris stay as close as 49-47 after two high-scoring exciting periods sent both teams went to the lockers for halftime.

Greer nailed a triple to get connected returning form his injury as Olympiacos seemed now more decided to build a big margin. Zalgiris had other ideas, however, as Brown and Collins bombed in a three-pointer each to silence the crowd as Zalgiris stayed close at 57-54. Greer helped the Reds to sail to 61-54, but a long-range jumper by Collins kept the guests just a step behind at 61-59. Some bad decision making by both teams resulted to some poor shooting before Woods finished a fastbreak at 65-59. Macijauskas made the tension dissipate with 5 consecutive points on a jumper-plus-triple combination that let the Reds breathe a 70-61 advantage after 30 minutes.

Printezis scored on a nice post-move as the advantage went over double digits again, 72-61, to start the final quarter. The Reds were now dictating the tempo, but Zalgiris was not ready to surrender yet. Maciulis dunked on a fastbreak and Collins nailed a pair from the free throw line to make it 75-67 with 6 minutes still to play. However, a pair of corner triples, from Woods and Macijauskas, respectively, brought the difference up to 14 points again, 81-67, and the outcome was becoming clear. Greer chipped in Olympiacos's third three-pointer in the row to complete a 9-0 blast that erased any doubts. Bradley returned after a Zalgiris timeout to score inside, but Olympiacos was not ready to allow the visitors come any closer. Macijauskas scored 6 straight points for the final 90-74 and secure the Reds a share of third place in their group.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 5500
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos26232120
Zalgiris20271413
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Olympiacos26497090
Zalgiris20476174
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 13:37   0/2 0/1     1 1 2 1 1     1   -1
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 1:07                              
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 27:20 18 4/6 3/7 1/1   4 4     2     2 2 14
7 MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS 38:56 32 5/8 4/5 10/11   2 2 1 1 5     2 6 30
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 25:05 6 1/5 1/2 1/2 3 11 14   1 3 3 1 5 2 11
10 TSAKALIDIS, JAKE 3:02 1     1/2 1   1             1 2
11 GREER, LYNN 24:29 12 0/1 2/5 6/6   6 6 2   1     4 4 15
14 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 5:53     0/1     2 2           1    
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 20:01 7 3/6 0/1 1/2 2 2 4 1   1     2 1 5
17 KAFKIS, PANAGIOTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 9:24 2 1/3 0/1           1       2   -2
25 JACKSON, MARC 31:06 12 2/10 1/1 5/5 2 4 6 4   1     3 5 15
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 90 16/41 11/24 25/29 8 34 42 10 4 14 3 1 22 21 91
        39% 45.8% 86.2%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JURAK, GORAN 28:56 9 3/6 0/4 3/4   4 4     2   1 1 3 4
5 BROWN, MARCUS 32:31 19 4/7 2/4 5/5   4 4           1 6 23
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 19:39 7 2/5 1/3   1 1 2 2 2 2   1 3   2
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 6:07     0/1     1 1     1     2   -3
10 SALENGA, DAINIUS 14:28     0/2     1 1           2   -3
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 23:05 4 2/3   0/1 2 2 4 2   2 1   4 1 4
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 5:22 7 3/3   1/1   1 1             1 9
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 20:06 10 2/4 2/8   1 1 2 2   1     1 2 6
33 BRADLEY, MICHAEL 17:00 4 2/4 0/1 0/1 3 3 6 1   2   1 3 1 2
41 COLLINS, DeJUAN 32:46 14 4/7 0/1 6/6 1 6 7 3 2 3     4 8 23
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 22/39 5/24 15/18 8 24 32 10 4 13 1 3 21 22 67
        56.4% 20.8% 83.3%
Head coach: GRIGAS, RIMANTAS

Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"It was a game with two different halves. In the first one, we were great on offense, but that was not enough. We came up scoring 50 points by halftime, but we didn't build an advantage as the score stood almost tied. So, we decided to play better on defense in the second half and that was the main reason that we finally won it. This is an important win for us as it comes just before a critical period; we are going to face Siena and Tau in two consecutive away games. To be honest, even if we win one on the road from those two games, I will be satisfied. You see, tonight CSKA managed to win at Tau despite its important absences. This is a tough group; every game is a battle for a better place in the standings."
GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"Congratulations to Olympiacos. They played better and deserved to win it tonight. We managed to stay close for two quarters, but that didn't prove enough. Olympiacos played good defense, they were better in all statistical categories. We shot 5 for 24 from behind the arc; it's impossible to win with this percentage. As far as Macijauskas's performance tonight, we were prepared to try and stop him, but he was on fire tonight. He is probably the best shooter in Europe at this time and that's the reason he is playing for Olympiacos and not for Zalgiris."

Players

MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS
Olympiacos
"We were in good shape during the last games, but tonight we didn't play well at least for three quarters. We played smart in the last period, though, and that led us to the win. Coach says we can play much better and he is right. I don't care how many points I score; what matters is the team to win. Tonight I had to score, in another game somebody else will. We have to travel to Italy now to face Siena and that is going to be a really tough game."
COLLINS, DeJUAN
Zalgiris
"We stayed close for two quarters, but we had a bad second half. I think that inexperience cost us once again. It's difficult for us to win against teams such as Olympiacos, especially on the road. We face the same problem in all away games; inexperience is the main factor down the stretch. We have to improve in order to become more competitive. Olympiacos improved its defense in the second half and we didn't execute well."
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