2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 06, 2006 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 PHILLIPSHAVE
James Penn and Pini Gershon - Olympiacos Olympiacos Piraeus retained its share of the Group A lead with an 81-88 win over RheinEnergie Cologne on Wednesday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. Scoonie Penn led the Reds with 22 points and 6 assists as Olympiacos improved to 6-1, the same record as Tau Ceramica, which topped Le Mans 76-79. The two sides meet next week in Vitoria, Spain in a clash for first place. Meanwhile, RheinEnergie dropped to 2-5 and needs a comeback in the second half of the regular season to become the second German team to advance to the Top 16. Alex Acker, Andrija Zizic and Ioannis Bourousis scored 16 each for Olympiacos. Marcin Gortat led RheinEnergie with 17 points and 3 blocked shots, Mladjen Sljivancanin added 15 and Ronnie Burrell 13 for the hosts, who outrebounded the Reds by 33-24. Olympiacos led almost all the way and kept a 74-84 lead with 2 minutes to go. RheinEnergie used a 7-0 run to get within 81-84 in the final seconds, but Henry Domercant and Penn sealed the win from the free-throw line.

The game got off to an offensive slug fest. It was the Penn and Zizic show for Olympiacos early on, as the big man scored 10 straight points after Penn had opened with a runner in the lane. Cologne got 5 quick points from Janar Talts, after Immanuel McElroy hit a layup for the first basket of the game. Two free throws by Penn were followed by a three from Marcus Faison to tie it at 14-14. Penn found Bourousis for an open look from the three-point line, as the first Piraeus player not named either Penn or Zizic scored. Cologne could not miss from outside, as Burrell and Gortat hit mid-range jumpers and Faison, Demond Mallet and guard Sljivancanin hit threes. But Olympiacos kept up the pace with 4 points each from Acker and Penn. Panagiotis Vasiloupos ended the opening period with a triple that made it 29-32.

Marcin Gortat - RheinEnergieAfter Mallet drilled a three pointer to even the score at 32-32 at the start of the second quarter, both teams cooled down from the field. With the defenses tightening up, most of the scoring came at the free throw line: RheinEnergie scored 10 points at the line, but would not make a field goal until the final minute of the quarter when Sljivancanin fired in a three. Piraeus went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe and got two baskets inside from Bourousis, the last one giving Olympiacos a 45-51 lead in the final minute of the quarter. But with the clock running out, Nadjfeji found McElroy under the basket for a layup and the halftime score of 47-51.

Olympiacos started to pull away at the start of the third quarter, as a Bourousis layup and a Zizic jumper sparked a 6-0 spurt that gave the Reds a 10-point lead. Penn had all the answers for the visitors, as he twice restored a double-digit advantage after RheinEnergie showed signs of coming back. After a McElroy layup, Mallet drilled a three as Cologne got within 58-63, but this time Domercant answered with a slam and back-to-back Nikos Barlos baskets upped the lead to 11. Burrell scored three the hard way, but Domercant's triple ended the third quarter with Piraeus on top 61-72.

Burrell tried to ignit RheinEnergie's comeback with a jumper, but a red-hot Penn stepped up with back-to-back layups, which made it a 12-point game. Even though Sljivancanin fired one in from downtown, it would be the game's only points in more than 2 minutes. Acker nailed a jumper to increase the Reds' margin to 67-78 midway through the final period. Free throws by Gortat and a layup from Nadjfeji gave RheinEnergie some hope at 71-78. Acker came through again with a layup, but more foul shots by Gortat and Faison got the hosts within 74-80 with 2 minutes to go. Olympiacos did not lose control, however, as Zizic made free throws and the ever-present Acker added another basket. Even with that, Sljvancanin and Burrell fueled a 7-0 RheinEnergie run, which Nadjfeji capped with a layup, to get the hosts within 81-84 with 16 seconds to go. However Domercant and Penn hit the key free throws, which allowed the Reds leave Germany with yet another road win.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Jan Hieronimi, Cologne
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 4019
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RheinEnergie29181420
Olympiacos32192116
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RheinEnergie29476181
Olympiacos32517288
RheinEnergie
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 20:00 7 2/7   3/4   6 6 1 1 2   2 2 6 9
9 STRASSER, JOHANNES 4:45   0/1                     2   -3
12 TALTS, JANAR 12:00 5 1/1 0/2 3/3 1 2 3     1     3 1 3
13 GORTAT, MARCIN 32:45 17 4/7   9/12 3 2 5   1 1 3   3 6 22
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 PLEISS, TIBOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 MALLET, DEMOND 23:30 9 0/1 3/6     3 3 4   1     5   6
22 FAISON, MARCUS 28:00 9 0/2 2/4 3/4 1 1 2 3 1 3   2 4 3 4
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 18:45 6 3/6   0/1   3 3 2   4   1 3 2 1
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 28:30 13 4/9   5/5 2 4 6 1   3     2 6 16
31 GRUNHEID, GUIDO 5:00     0/1     1 1     1     2   -3
32 SLJIVANCANIN, MLADJEN 26:45 15 0/1 5/8         1 2 4     3   7
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 14/35 10/21 23/29 10 23 33 12 5 20 3 5 29 24 66
        40% 47.6% 79.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PENN, SCOONIE 38:30 22 5/8 0/2 12/12   3 3 6 3 1     4 10 34
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 17:30           2 2   1       4 1  
6 ACKER, ALEX 34:30 16 5/6 0/1 6/6   3 3 1 4 5     3 5 19
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 19:00 16 6/8   4/4 1 2 3 1   2 1 1 4 6 18
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 23:15 16 5/6 1/2 3/4 2 2 4   2 4 1     3 19
12 BARLOS, NIKOS 18:45 6 3/4 0/3 0/1   1 1 3 2   1   4 2 6
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 8:30 3 0/2 1/1     1 1 1   1 1 1 1   1
14 STACK, RYAN 9:45 2 1/1       1 1           3    
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 30:15 7 1/7 1/3 2/2   1 1       1 1 1 2 1
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 88 26/42 3/12 27/29 3 21 24 12 12 13 5 3 24 29 103
        61.9% 25% 93.1%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
RheinEnergie
"Even though we lost, I am kind of satisfied with the outcome. This was one of our better games in the Euroleague. Our turnovers cost us, you can’t lose the ball that often if you expect to beat Olympiakos. There still are a lot of games to be played, but with so many away games ahead of us, it will be hard to advance to the next round. But after the way we played tonight, I feel very confident in my players."
GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"Even though I never think that we might lose before a game, I knew Cologne was a good team with very coachable players. I knew the game would have a high score, because they shoot a high percentage from the field. At halftime, I told my players I might have made a mistake: I had told them not to foul, to make sure they only get one foul per quarter. Due to that, we didn’t play aggressively. In the second half, we played better defense, because we had more aggression."

Players

GORTAT, MARCIN
RheinEnergie
"At the beginning of the game, everybody was hot from the field. We very motivated, we really wanted to win this game, and after our win in our domestic league, we had a lot of confidence. Olympiakos is a very experienced team, and that is exactly what has been our biggest weakness so far in this league: experience. We only have one guy on the team who played at this level before in Demon Mallet. The rest of us, we are a young team. So we got really close to winning, took a wrong shot in a critical situation, and they went on a run to win the game."
ACKER, ALEX
Olympiacos
"We expected this game to go down to the wire. Cologne played their hearts out. It was the first time for us that we saw this team, I was especially impressed with Marcus Faison. The game was close at the half, and coach told us in the locker room: Jump them before they can jump you! So we did. In the fourth quarter, I felt my team needed me to step up, and I did. I always say, the fourth quarter is MY quarter."
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