2016-17Regular SeasonRound 8
November 18, 2016 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS
Vassilis Spanoulis 2- Olympiacos Piraeus - EB16

Olympiacos takes Greek derby thriller, 77-79, from Panathinaikos!

One of world basketball's greatest rivalries lived up to the hype on Friday with a spectacular thriller that visiting Olympiacos Piraeus took by 77-79 from archrivals Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens with a classic connection in the final seconds. Vassilis Spanoulis controlled the final possession for Olympiacos, driving toward the lane then feeding his long-time partner Georgios Printezis for a layup and free throw that decided the outcome. The result broke a tie in the standings between them, raising Olympiacos to a 5-3 record and dropping Panathinaikos to 4-4. Spanoulis finished with 22 points and 8 assists for the winners, while Printezis had 16 and Daniel Hackett 11. Nick Calathes led the Greens with 16 points and 9 assists, while Chris Singleton and K.C. Rivers scored 14 each, and Antonis Fotsis 13. Olympiacos controlled the game until Panathinaikos rallied to lead 76-72 on the 300th career triple by Fotsis with 2:16 to play. Free throws by Spanoulis and a steal plus basket by Printezis tied the score before the final play between them settled it in favor of the visitors. Panathinaikos played without James Gist, who was injured in the previous game, as well as Mike James, out since preseason.

Khem Birch was the early protagonist for Olympiacos as he dropped 2 shots in close to open the scoring and soon was fed by Spanoulis for a pair of dunks. When Vangelis Mantzaris blasted a triple, Olympiacos had a 6-11 lead. Triples from Fotsis and James Feldeine changed the scoreboard from deep, then Spanoulis and Singleton did the same as their four triples in succession left a 17-16 Panathinaikos lead. The lead change hands by the shot until it was a 23-23 tie after 10 minutes. Hackett came off the bench with a layup, a corner triple and a short jumper to give Olympiacos a 0-9 start to the second quarter and a 23-30 advantage. Another series of back-and-forth three-pointers by Spanoulis Singleton, Erick Green, Ioannis Bourousis and Spanoulis again highlighted the run to halftime. Spanoulis's last of four triples on the night supplied the first double-digit lead at 35-45, while Printezis scored right before the half to preserve a 39-47 advantage for the visitors. Calathes led the charge as Panathinaikos climbed back into it after the break. There were dueling shots from deep again as Rivers made his first pair, but Hackett shot a rainbow from the arc to keep Olympiacos up 55-61. Calathes hit one to get the Greens closer and Fotsis another to tie before a Nikos Pappas layup ahead of the third-quarter buzzer restored the first Panathinaikos lead since the first quarter, 63-61. Matt Lojeski's triple opened the final quarter with another lead change, 63-64. Despite another shot from downtown by Ioannis Papapetrou, Pappas hit free throws and a layup to tie 67-67. Papapetrou and Spanoulis put the Reds up 67-71 midway through the quarter, but Rivers stepped up and swished back-to-back threes to suddenly catapult the Greens in front and the next one by Fotsis made it 76-72 with 2 minutes left. Spanoulis and Printezis took matters into their hands, helped by a decision to foul Calathes, who made 1 of 2 free throws with 26 seconds left, for the last Panathinaikos lead. There was one possession left, and once again, the leaders of Olympiacos decided a major win.

Friday, November 18, 2016
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 16993
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 35:29 14 2/5 2/2 4/5 2 7 9       2   4 5 22
2 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 13:26   0/1 0/2     1 1     1         -3
3 RIVERS, K.C. 32:27 14 1/4 4/5   1 1 2 2 1 1     3 1 12
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 1:16                              
8 CALATHES, PAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 28:05 13 2/3 2/4 3/3 4 4 8     1     1 1 17
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 15:35 9 3/4   3/4   3 3 1   3     1 3 10
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 27:26 3 0/2 1/4     2 2 2 1 2     5 1 -3
15 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
29 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 13:14 8 1/2 1/2 3/6   3 3 1   1 1   3 4 8
33 CALATHES, NICK 33:02 16 5/7 1/4 3/4       9 1 1 1   3 5 22
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 14/28 11/23 16/22 7 23 30 15 3 10 4 0 20 20 87
        50% 47.8% 72.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 GREEN, ERICK 19:28 4 2/3 0/1     2 2   2 1     1 1 5
2 BIRCH, KHEM 21:50 8 4/6     1 5 6 1       1 2 3 13
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 8:06   0/2                   1 1 3 -1
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 17:18 7 2/3 1/3   1 1 2   1       1   6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 27:55 22 3/5 4/6 4/5       8   2   2 3 6 24
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 7:44   0/1     1   1 1         3   -2
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 22:45 16 6/8 1/2 1/2   2 2   2       2 3 17
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 13:56 2 1/2 0/1     1 1           3   -2
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 17:50 3   1/4     2 2     1     1 1 1
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 20:18 11 2/4 2/3 1/2   1 1 3 1       1 2 13
24 LOJESKI, MATT 22:50 6 0/2 2/3   1 1 2 1         2 1 5
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 5 7     2         5
Totals 200:00 79 20/36 11/23 6/9 6 20 26 14 6 6 0 4 20 20 84
        55.6% 47.8% 66.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"I want to thank all the fans. Today, they helped the team a lot. We tried to do our best. In the first half we did not play good defense, but in the second half I think we improved a lot. We had a lot of chances to win, but in the last moment, when we were four points up, there was one situation under the basket, and the referees called a foul, and I think it was very important for the result in the end. I think we competed well this week in both games. We know that with Mike James injured, we are a little short on players to play at the very highest level. But despite that, we are competing well always. The loss of James Gist has been a tough hit for all of us. But we can't think about players who are not here but the ones who are here. I think we showed that we recovered from the loss in Madrid and the loss of Gist. And we've been very close to winning."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus

"Of course, we had the toughness at the end to win the game. I believe that we deserved the win because during most of the game we were up, we controlled the game. For sure Panathinaikos is a very good team. They reacted. They got a small lead, but at that moment, we showed character, and that was the most important thing to win the game. We have a great roster and this is what I am saying from the beginning of the season: I trust all my players and I want all of them, as much as they will play, to give their maximum for the team."

"We had control of the game for most part, expect the third period when we lost our concentration and gave up some easy points. This also hurt our production on offense. We reacted at the beginning of the fourth period, and it was a real derby after that. It was very important that in the crucial moments, in the fourth period we allowed just 14 points. That was the key for the win because we showed character in the end. Although Panathinaikos had a four-point lead in the last 3 minutes, we were very concentrated in that last part of the game. We showed character and won the game."

Players

SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I think we were very focused to play this game. We knew that it was very important because we had a bad loss in Galatasaray. But these are big teams and we get to react after a bad result. We played a good game, we passed a lot and played good defense and managed to take a big win on a very difficult court. Of course every game with Panathinaikos is a very big game, but we played it like every other game. Just a big win against a big opponent."
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