2001-02Regular SeasonRound 5
November 07, 2001 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
After its only false step of the season last week, Olympiakos of Greece reestablished its winning ways on Wednesday with a blowout 107-78 victory over its visitor to Athens, winless Charleroi of Belgium. It looked like business as usual for the Reds as Alphonso Ford poured in 26 points, Stephane Risacher 22 and James Forrest 21. Olympiakos lifted its record to 4-1 while Charleroi is still looking for its first victory after five games.

Easy going Olympiakos didn' t face any problem by the beginning of the game, to prove which is the boss of the game. Led by Stefan Risacher, who scored 10 points in the first quarter- a spectacular three pointer at the buzzer, included- the Reds seemed to have a practice and took an early 11 points lead (19-8). Italian coach of Charleroi Giovanne Bozzi has already changed all his starters in seven minutes of the game, without any result. Even though Alexey Savrasenko has a horrible 1 for 7 percentage from the foul line, only in 8 minutes, Olympiakos, in front of 2000 spectators, walloped the belgian team and concluded the first half leading by 29-14.

Despite the absence of Theodoros Papaloukas and Patrick Femerling- by the way, both of them are expected to play Saturday, against Panionios- Olympiakos continued its up tempo game. High shoting percentages, superiority under the boards, an easy rotation and a lot of offensive options gave Olympiakos all the potential to create a 19 points gap (33-14), as the only player of Charleroi, who stayed in good level was John Jerom. In the middle of the second quarter , Elias Zouros called Alphonso Ford to seat on the bench, for some rest, without any problem caused. Charleroi cut the margin to 14 points (42-28), but Olympiakos took a 18 points lead (46-28) three minutes before the end, as Louis Rowe, David Desy and John Jerom have committed their third personal foul. One minute before the end, Olympiakos has already scored 50 points (50-33), going into intermission with a 14 points (50-36) lead.

The third quarter started with the fifth foul of David Desy, who was replaced by experienced point guard Jacques Stas. Louis Rowe cut the margin to 11 points (54-43), but Olympiakos didn' t allow to Charleroi any further hope. Despite the technical foul Elias Zouros has committed, James Forrest and Stefan Risacher managed to answer by the proper way. Alphonso Ford, who came big serving as point guard,extended the margin, with 4 for 4 free throws, to 20 points, 71-51, after 28 minutes of playing. Roger Huggins scored seven consecutive points, good enough to cut the deficit to 13 points (77-64), by the end of the third quarter.

Louis Rowe hit a great three-pointer and cut the gap to 10 points (85-75), as Charleroi, which has already lost Jerom James to fouls, outscored Olympiakos by 24-14. Elias Zouros called a time out, to weak up his players, who came stronger on the court. Alphonso Ford hit 9 out of 11 consecutive points scored by Olympiakos, to open the gap in 19 points (94-75) and to sign for good the fourth win of Olympiakos in Euroleague. The Reds made a 13-0 run in five minutes, extending the margin, 98-75, with three minutes left. The game belonged to Olympiakos, so coach Zouros didn' t hesitate to give playing time and Euroleague flavor to youngsters, like Greek point guard Panayotis Mantzanas and Turkish forward Emre Ekim. Finally, Olympiakos managed to register its fourth win in the Euroleague (107-78) and to score more than 100 points for the second time in five games.
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
V.S., Athens
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Referees: RESSER, EFIM (GER), SHTRIKS, SHAY (ISR), RYZHYK, ROMAN (UKR)
Attendance: 1800
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos29212730
Spirou Basket14222814
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Olympiacos295077107
Spirou Basket14366478
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOUNTOURIS, NIKOLAOS 3:36                   1         -1
5 JELIC, DUSAN 5:04 2     2/2   3 3 1         1 1 6
6 MANTZANAS, PANAGIOTIS 2:14 2     2/2       1 1 1       2 5
7 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 15:39 8 2/5 0/1 4/4       1         2 4 7
8 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 33:00 12 5/6   2/8 3 9 12 1   2 3   3 5 21
9 RISACHER, STEPHANE 30:29 22 6/7 2/4 4/4   5 5 1 1 2     2 3 25
10 FORD, ALPHONSO 28:54 26 5/8 3/6 7/8 2 3 5 6 1 1 1 1 4 6 32
11 TOMITS, MILAN 29:52 6 0/1 1/5 3/4   2 2 2 4 1   1 4 5 7
12 NIKAGBATSE, MISAN 11:18 2 1/2   0/1   1 1 3 2 2     2 1 3
13 EKIM, EMRE 2:31           1 1   1 1     1    
14 FORREST, JAMES 24:57 21 7/9   7/10 1 3 4 1 2 3     4 6 22
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 12:26 6 3/5               1     4 2 1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 107 29/43 6/16 31/43 6 27 33 17 12 15 4 2 27 35 128
        67.4% 37.5% 72.1%
Head coach: ZOUROS, ILIAS
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
Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ELLIS, RONALD 29:00 9 2/7 0/1 5/6 3 2 5 1 1 4     4 3 4
5 ROWE, LOUIS 22:46 19 3/6 3/5 4/4   1 1   1 4     5 3 10
6 DESY, DAVID 13:54 2 1/1           1 1 2     5   -3
7 JEROME, JOHN 13:49 11 5/5   1/2 4 2 6     4     5 2 9
8 VAN DE VONDEL, THOMAS 15:45   0/1               1   1 2   -5
11 HUGGINS, ROGER 33:03 16 3/12 2/2 4/7 3 10 13 1 2 3 2 1 2 10 26
12 VUJIC, IVAN 21:07 8 3/4   2/5 1 6 7 1   4     5 3 6
13 STAS, JACQUES 26:17 8 1/6 0/3 6/10   1 1 3   5   2 4 5 -6
14 POTTER, JIM 23:19 5 2/2 0/4 1/1 1 1 2     1     2 1 1
15 ENGELLANT, DARREN 1:00                         1   -1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 20/44 5/15 23/35 12 23 35 7 5 28 2 4 35 27 41
        45.5% 33.3% 65.7%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
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Head Coaches

ZOUROS, ILIAS
Olympiacos
"We had to play seriously, just to avoid any surprise. We managed to control the game since the very first minute, but in some periods, due to the big deficit, we lost our concentration. Talking about statistics, I may mention that we didn't perform well in defensive boards, but we have good figures in assist, steals and turnovers we caused to our opponents. I agree with coach Bozzi about the bad performance of the referees."
BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
"So far, we lost all our Euroelague games, but this is the first time that our opponent really killed us. Olympiakos dominated in all levels of the game and they didn't allow us to have good shooting options and to pass the ball. Sorry for my comment, but the officiating of the game was at least a joke. They called 63 fouls."

Players

RISACHER, STEPHANE
Olympiacos
"No problem at all. We played well, we registered one more victory and our supporters are very happy. But we have to keep trying for the best possible results and to play with maximum of concentration."
ELLIS, RONALD
Spirou Basket
"Business as usual! In every game, we manage to cut the margin and then a blackout happens. Anyway, I think that we can win one or two games in the Euroleague."
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