2017-18Regular SeasonRound 10
November 30, 2017 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PABELLON FUENTE DE SAN LUIS

Papanikolaou paces Olympiacos to dominant win over Valencia

Turkish Airlines EuroLeague co-leader Olympiacos Piraeus made sure of maintaining at least that status for another week by condemning Valencia Basket to its sixth straight loss with a 64-72 triumph in Spain. It was a true team effort from the Reds, which led from start to finish and were paced by 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists from Kostas Papanikolaou. There was also a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds for Georgios Printezis, while Janis Strelnieks continued his fine form with 12 points. Valencia only had two players in double figures, with former Olympiacos sharpshooter Erick Green registering 26 points and Tibor Pleiss combining 14 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Aside from the efforts of Pleiss, the visiting team totally dominated the rebounding battle, with eight players grabbing at least 2 boards as Valencia was outrebounded 22-39.

Olympiacos raced to an early 2-11 advantage with the first four baskets coming from four different players. A triple from San Van Rossom got Valencia moving and a mid-range strike from Pleiss capped a 7-0 run for the hosts. Olympiacos had been scoreless for nearly five minutes before Nikola Milutinov and Vassilis Toliopoulos netted baskets, and although Valencia answered with a big alley-oop between Guillem Vives and Tryggvy Hlinasson, Toliopoulos finished the first quarter with a long three on the buzzer to make it 13-20. Vives and Rafa Martinez opened the second quarter with triples for Valencia to make it a 1-point game. Strelnieks answered from downtown and that sparked a 0-12 run featuring 5 straight points from Papanikolaou that stretched the lead to 19-32 as Valencia was held scoreless for nearly six minutes. Green sparked Valencia back to life, punishing his former team with 11 points in less than three minutes – including two triples and a tough jumper plus one – to make it 30-35 at the break.

Baskets were traded evenly at the start of the third, with Pleiss scoring Valencia’s first 6 points of the half. The home team center then outmuscled Printezis in the low post to make it 40-43, but a 1-7 run, including Ioannis Papapetrou’s baseline dunk and another Papanikolaou triple, regained a cushion for Olympiacos. The fourth quarter began with the visitors leading 45-54, and although Green soon set about reducing that deficit with 5 more points, Olympiacos responded and a tough fade-away jumper from Hollis Thompson established a double-digit lead. Valencia fought back and a brutal fastbreak slam with a foul by Joan Sastre ignited the crowd, making it 56-63 with five minutes remaining. Pleiss added another slam, but Strelnieks answered with a buzzer-beating three and a driving layup to restore a 10-point advantage. Valencia couldn’t respond and a tip-in from Printezis put the outcome beyond doubt, with 5 late points from Green proving academic.

Ioannis Papapetrou - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL)
Attendance: 7084
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Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 20:40 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1   1 1   1   1 2 2 -1
3 PUERTO, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 24:42 7 2/3 1/3   1   1 3   1     1 1 7
10 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 4:37                              
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 18:20 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 5 1       2 2 8
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 7:41 3   1/3 0/1   1 1     2     3   -4
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:44 1 0/2 0/1 1/2   2 2     2       3  
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 26:26 14 7/12     2 6 8 1 2 2 4   1 2 23
30 SASTRE, JOAN 16:09 2 1/3     1   1     2   1 2 2 -2
32 GREEN, ERICK 32:20 26 7/13 3/4 3/3         1 1   1 1 3 20
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 25:24 4 1/3 0/2 2/3 2 3 5 3 2 1     2 2 8
51 HLINASON, TRYGGVI 8:57 2 1/2       2 2   1 1 1       4
Team           1 6 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 64 19/41 6/16 8/11 8 21 29 13 7 14 5 3 14 17 69
        46.3% 37.5% 72.7%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS
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 Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 14:00 4 2/5   0/3 3 2 5     1   1   3 4
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS 6:14 5 1/1 1/2           1 1         4
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 20:54 4 2/3     1 1 2 4   1     4   4
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:40 6 3/7     2 3 5 1 1   1 1 2   7
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 24:57 12 2/7 2/4 2/2   3 3 3 1         3 15
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 27:40 12 6/15 0/3   7 7 14 1   1 1 2 3 2 12
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 31:44 13 1/1 3/4 2/3 2 4 6 4   5     2 2 16
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 22:45 7 1/3 1/1 2/2       2 1 3     4 3 4
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 WILTJER, KYLE 7:18 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2       1   1   2
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 18:48 7 2/5 1/2   1 1 2 2 1     1 1 1 7
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 72 21/49 8/17 6/10 17 25 42 17 5 13 3 5 17 14 77
        42.9% 47.1% 60%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
Valencia Basket
“In the first quarter Olympiacos was better than us, especially with their defense, forcing three turnovers very easily and controlling the offensive and defensive rebounds. We tried to come back during the final 35 minutes, but they are a great team and punished our little mistakes in defense. With their defense, one of the best in Europe, it was really tough for us to take chances to win."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus

“The key was that we played very good defense, the whole team was focused because they are a good offensive team, and of course Green is a great scorer. But we did a great job, we controlled all periods of the game with our good defense. We have some injuries that we have to overcome, and the most important thing is that we keep fighting and keep playing the right way. I hope the injured players will come back soon.”

“I want to congratulate my players because we had a very good game. We didn’t allow Valencia to play their normal game. Valencia is a team that always fights and we knew that if they found a rhythm they could score 20 points in three minutes, but we stopped their scoring. On offense we moved the ball and although we missed some open shots, generally we had a good game. It’s too early to make any conclusions about Euroleague, our players are experienced and they know they have to keep on working hard.”

Players

VAN ROSSOM, SAM
Valencia Basket
“We were close the whole game, but we were never able to close the gap. They were stronger and their offensive rebounding hurt us a lot. We could never control this, it wasn’t easy for us to play, we couldn’t run and close the gap to win the game.”
PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“For sure we did a great job, a great game again. We showed character and made big shots, all the team played good. We had great defense, 64 points is the key of our success. We have a long way to go and we have to be focused and keep going. I’m happy my shots went in today, but winning the game is the most important thing.”