2017-18Regular SeasonRound 8
November 17, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos rolls Zvezda to share top spot again

Olympiacos Piraeus regained a share of first place in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with a comfortable 85-59 victory over visiting Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Friday of Round 8. Olympiacos raised its record to 6-2, the same as standings leader CSKA Moscow. Zvezda fell to 2-6 with its fourth straight defeat. Nikola Milutinov paced the winners from the start and finished with a double-double of 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Hollis Thompson added 14 points and Ioannis Papapetrou 11 for Olympiacos, which registered its biggest victory of the season. Only Taylor Rochestie reached double digits for the visitors, with 20 points, 13 of which came in the first half.

Milutinov scored 7 points in a row on 3 dunks as Olympiacos shot out to an 11-4 lead. Pero Antic and Janis Strelnieks traded triples, before Georgios Printezis's second basket helped establish the first double-digit lead, 17-7. Despite another Antic three-pointer and one by Rochestie on the buzzer, Strelnieks and Thompson steered Olympiacos to a 22-13 edge after 10 minutes. Rochestie opened the second quarter with his second shot in a row from downtown and fed Nikola Jovanovic for a hook shot at 18-22. Dimitrios Agravanis and Vangelis Mantzaris joined the Olympiacos scorers from the arc, lengthening the lead again to 28-20. But Rochestie was on fire, hitting midrange and long jumpers before passing to Milko Bjelica for a dunk. Papapetrou answered with his own before Brian Roberts drilled back-to-back threes. But James Feldeine and Antic matched both as Zvezda stayed within striking distance at 40-33. Jovanovic countered inside baskets to offset those of Kostas Papanikolaou and Jamel McLean, but Strelnieks returned to finish the half with a layup that left Olympiacos looking good at 47-37.

Olympiacos added to the lead as Printezis answered Rochestie's next three-pointer with his own and Strelnieks downed free throws at 56-41. But Zvezda refused to wilt as Bjelica scored 4 in a row. McLean responded with a pair of fastbreak layups, however, and later baskets by him and Thompson gave Olympiacos its biggest lead yet, 67-49, after 30 minutes. The dynamic did not change as Olympiacos kept climbing to 74-51 early in the fourth quarter while the scoring slowed for both teams. Papapetrou changed that as he made a pair of three-pointers on either side of another from Thompson that made the score 82-57 with 2 minutes left to guarantee a fine finish to a week of solid success for the home team.

Nikola Milutinov - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Friday, November 17, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ROSSI, MICHELE (ITA)
Attendance: 7000 (Tentative)
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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 17:31 9 3/7   3/4 1 2 3 3 2 1     4 5 12
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS 4:51     0/1         3           1 3
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 20:49 11 3/5 1/3 2/2   4 4 2 1 2   1 1 2 12
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 13:49 3 0/2 1/2   1 1 2           4   -2
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 22:29 13 6/11   1/1 5 7 12         1 1 4 22
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 23:07 9 2/2 1/1 2/2   2 2 5 1 1     1 1 16
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 19:22 9 2/5 1/3 2/4 1 6 7 1           4 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 14:16 5 2/2 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 1   1     3 2 4
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 19:54 6 1/1 1/3 1/2   1 1 1   1     2 2 4
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 15:15 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 2 1       3 2 7
33 WILTJER, KYLE 6:36   0/1 0/1     1 1   1       2   -2
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 22:01 14 3/5 2/3 2/3         2 2     1 2 11
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 85 22/42 9/21 14/20 10 27 37 18 8 8 0 2 22 25 103
        52.4% 42.9% 70%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
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 7:11     0/1             1     1   -3
5 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA 16:38 2 0/2 0/5 2/2   3 3 5 1 2     2 2 2
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 18:35 3 1/3 0/3 1/2 1 4 5 1         4 3 2
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 18:16   0/2                     3 1 -4
12 ANTIC, PERO 16:29 9   3/7     4 4     1     4 2 6
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 13:38 4 2/2     4 1 5     1         8
14 FELDEINE, JAMES 22:20 6 1/5 1/2 1/2   1 1   1         3 5
15 APIC, DRAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 23:22 20 3/6 4/6 2/4   6 6 1   4     2 3 17
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 16:35 1 0/1   1/2 2 1 3     3 1   4 4  
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA 18:59 8 3/6   2/4 4 1 5   1   1   3 2 9
51 BJELICA, MILKO 27:57 6 2/6 0/2 2/4 2 2 4 1 1 1     2 2 3
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 59 12/33 8/26 11/20 13 24 37 8 4 14 2 0 25 22 45
        36.4% 30.8% 55%
Head coach: ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus

"I think today we deserved to win the game, because we controlled the rhythm from the beginning to the end. We were very focused, very determined to play a good game. Defensively, we stopped our opponents except for a few moments, but in general we had a good defensive game. And on offense we had a lot of players who moved the ball very good and we had the best option to shoot. I think the point difference in the end showed how we played tonight."

"It's very important to continue fighting although you are without your maximum energy. All the teams in back-to-backs have to use the roster, and this is what we did. Tonight, I think everybody who played gave their maximum. For sure we had some players who we didn't use to their usual extent, but this is normal and this is the good thing about the team. We have a lot of players who can play together and support each other. If you see, we don't have anyone who scored great, but all of them scored a lot, so this is the most important, the team."

ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"For me, there are two reasons why we played like this, both from the first half. First, we missed some chances to make good fouls at the start of the game. Because of that we played at Olympiacos' rhythm. And the second reason is our defense, or the Olympiacos offense. We allowed them to score one basket after another. Olympiacos is a good offensive team and caused us many problems. Currently, we and Olympiacos are not playing at the same level. We need to get better."

Players

MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We started playing very good defense, and then offensively we started playing much better. We had some problems on offense in the previous games, but I think we now play better also in this part. So we are improving from game to game and that is what's most important."
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