2017-18Regular SeasonRound 20
January 26, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Ennis inspires Zvezda to comeback win over Olympiacos

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade shook off a three-game losing streak and the ejection of their head coach to take a life-extending 89-78 over visiting Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday. The winners raised their record to 8-12 and a tie for 10th place, while Olympiacos dropped to 13-7 and fifth place with a fourth straight road defeat. An unexpected hero, backup point guard Dylan Ennis, came off the bench for 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists as Zvezda rallied from 7 down, 61-68, early in the final quarter. Nemanja Dangubic and Taylor Rochestie added 11 points each for Zvezda, while Milko Bjelica, Mathias Lessort and Dejan Davidovac scored 9 apiece. Vassilis Spanoulis had 16 points and became the second EuroLeague player, after Juan Carlos Navarro, to reach 3,500 for his career. Brian Roberts added 14, Kostas Papanikolaou 12 and Kyle Wiltjer 10 for Olympiacos, but the Reds suffered from 14 turnovers and just 38.7% two-point shooting accuracy.

Rochestie's runner and Spanoulis's triple started the scoring. Nikola Milutinov and Bjelica joined in before Georgios Printezis scored a second-chance basket and a three-pointer to put the visitors up 6-10. Dangubic rang up a triple for Zvezda, then did himself one better with a four-point play for a 13-10 lead change. Lessort joined the scoring before Roberts and Rochestie exchanged triples. Spanoulis fed Roberts for another, however, to make it 18-16. Ognjen Dobric wrested away a rebound and stepped out for a lead-changing three at 21-18. Spanoulis fed Papanikolaou for a layup but Dobric blocked a fastbreak before Ennis drove for the quarter's last basket to put Zvezda ahead 24-20. Davidovac made his first shot and newly arrived Alen Omic dropped a hook to boost the lead before Ennis rifled in a shot from deep for the game's first double-digit lead, 31-21. Wiltjer scored for Olympiacos, but Ennis raced for one layup and scored another over Milutinov to make it 36-24. Nikola Jankovic made a sweet shot, then free throws from Vangelis Mantzaris and Janis Strelnieks preceded a triple by Spanoulis at 38-31. Davidovac responded with a three-point play and Lessort put back a ball that ricocheted off the backboard as Zvezda cruised into halftime leading 43-34.

Spanoulis opened the third quarter from long range and Davidovac answered inside. Roberts being awarded free throws from a foul while driving led to Zvezda coach Dusan Alimpijevic getting 2 technical fouls and being ejected. Robers made all 4 free throws, cutting the difference, then Papanikolaou drilled from deep at 47-44. Roberts drove for another basket before Rochestie ended a 1-10 Olympiacos run with 3 free throws. Ennis buried a long triple and Jankovic a shorter jumper as soon as they stepped on court, but Wiltjer slammed for the visitors at 55-53. Dobric returned with an inside basket that Strelnieks answered with a second-chance triple. Papanikolaou fed Milutinov for a dunk on the break before Wiltjer swished a long three to suddenly put the visitors up 57-63 after three quarters. A long two-pointer by Roberts was matched by free throws from Lessort. Ennis raced fullcourt for a layup that Wiltjer bettered from deep again at 61-68. Bjelica got 4 points back at the foul line, then Lessort's block sent Jankovic for a fastbreak layup. Lessort had a go-ahead put-back and Davidovac capped a 14-3 run to make it 71-68. Spanoulis stepped up with a three-point play to tie, but Ennis was ready with third triple. Then he found Omic for an easy layup at 76-71. Omic did it again before Spanoulis and Dangubic traded layups to make it 80-75. Milutinov missed 2 free throws while Bjelica made his with 1:30 to play. Ennis took a huge defensive rebound and stepped back for a triple at 85-75 to end the suspense and Zvezda's three-game losing streak.

Dylan Ennis - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - EB17
Friday, January 26, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA)
Attendance: 5993
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade24191432
Olympiacos Piraeus20142915
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade24435789
Olympiacos Piraeus20346378
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KESELJ, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 22:23 11 1/2 2/2 3/3   1 1 2 1 2     1 2 13
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 20:52 9 4/5 0/2 1/2   2 2 4 1     1 3 3 11
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 20:50 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 1 1 1     4 1 -1
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 16:08 5 1/2 1/3   1 1 2 1     2   1   6
16 JANKOVIC, STEFAN 12:42 6 3/4             1       4 1 3
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 22:47 11 2/11 1/2 4/4       6 1 2     4 2 4
23 OMIC, ALEN 15:19 6 3/5     1 5 6   1 1     4 2 8
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 24:41 9 3/7   3/4 4 1 5     1 1 1 2 3 9
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 17:21 21 4/6 4/6 1/1 1 7 8 5 1 1     1 2 31
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BJELICA, MILKO 26:57 9 1/2   7/8 1   1 1 1   1   3 4 12
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 89 23/45 8/17 19/22 12 20 32 20 8 9 4 2 27 20 101
        51.1% 47.1% 86.4%
Head coach: ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN
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 13:26 1 0/2   1/2 1 3 4     4   1 3 2 -4
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:39 16 2/5 3/7 3/3       3 1 4   1 4 4 8
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:42 7 3/4   1/4 5 2 7 1 1 1     1 4 14
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 20:53 5 0/2 1/2 2/2   2 2 1 1 1     1 1 5
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 25:57 9 1/6 2/2 1/2 1 6 7 2     1 1 2 4 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 28:09 12 2/6 1/3 5/5 4 4 8 6 1 2 1 1 1 5 23
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 18:42 4   0/1 4/4 1 1 2 4         3 3 9
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 24:11 14 2/3 2/6 4/4   3 3 3 1       3 3 16
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 WILTJER, KYLE 14:03 10 2/2 2/3             1     2 1 7
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 5:18   0/1 0/2         1   1         -3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 78 12/31 11/26 21/26 13 21 34 21 5 14 2 4 20 27 90
        38.7% 42.3% 80.8%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus

"Congratulations to Zvezda about the win. They played much better in the last part of the game, and especially in the last period. At halftime, we said that we needed to be tougher defensively. This is what we did, playing good defense, as we wanted to, even though we didn't start the third quarter that way. With the good defense, we had also good rhythm on offense and that's why we scored 29 points. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the fourth period, we turned the ball over two or three times under the basket. Zvezda scored fastbreaks, and after that we lost our concentration and allowed easy points. They made some tough three-point shots, especially with Ennis, and it was too late for us to come back to the game."

TOPIC, MILENKO
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

 

 

"It was an amazing game and second half, without our first coach. I want to say congratulations to the guys and give a big thank you to our fans for the way they supported us. It was a very tough game, especially the second half, when they led by seven or eight points. But we didn't give up, we played our game and we won. We believed, we stayed together, and that was the difference."

Players

ENNIS, DYLAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"It's a team effort. We played hard as a team, got stops on the defensive end and got the win. Coach has been on me all week about playing defense, and he challenged me. I just wanted to step up to the challenge. You know the offense will come, he told me, just play defense and everything will be good. I played defense today, we all got stops, and we won. It's all to my team. They support me and got me the ball, but they saw I played a lot of defense. We all got the stops on D and that helped."
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