Regular Season Round 5 - November 21, 2007 CET: 19:45 Local time: 20:45 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-2 Regular Season 1-3
2-2 Overall 1-3

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
JERSAN, ANDREJ, Slovenia
Umpire
CHAMBON, DAVID, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
89.0 Points 73.5
28.3 Rebounds 33.0
7.3 O. Rebounds 10.5
21.0 D. Rebounds 22.5
12.8 Assists 10.8
5.8 Steals 6.3
3.0 Blocks 2.8
14.5 Turnovers 12.0
59.9 % 2PT 51.3 %
40.7 % 3PT 32.5 %
83.5 % FT 74.4 %
94.3 Index 75.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
21.8 / JACKSON, MARC Points 20.7 / GUROVIC, M.
5.0 / JACKSON, MARC Rebounds 9.0 / V.d. Spiegel
2.5 / JACKSON, MARC OR 3.8 / V.d. Spiegel
4.0 / Bourousis DR 5.3 / V.d. Spiegel
4.3 / Greer Assists 1.8 / HARISSIS, C.
3.0 / MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS Steals 1.3 / GUROVIC, M.
1.3 / JACKSON, MARC Blocks 2.0 / V.d. Spiegel
2.5 / WOODS, QYNTEL Turnovers 2.8 / SLANINA,D.
100.0 % / Teodosic 2PT 75.0 % / BEST, TRAVIS
70.0 % / JACKSON, MARC 3PT 60.0 % / WAGNER, DAJUAN
100.0 % / Greer FT 100.0 % / Roszyk
24.3 / JACKSON, MARC Index 23.5 / V.d. Spiegel

THE TAKE

Injury-riddled Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Prokom Trefl Sopot at Peace and Friendship Arena in Greece on Wednesday for a Group A encounter. Both team will be happy to see certain players in the lineup for this game. For the Reds, shooting guard Arvydas Macijauskas is expected back after a one-week absence, the same as Milan Gurovic for Prokom, which also welcomes newly-signed big man Jovo Stanojevic. Despite the return of Macijauskas, Olympiacos is without starting point guard Lynn Greer, who was hurt last week in the loss at CSKA, while Jake Tsakalidis, Loukas Mavrokefalidis and others remain sidelined. The injuries leave head coach Pini Gershon with a limited rotation and put more responsibility on those that remain. Roderick Blakney steps into Greer's shoes at guard, while leading scorer Marc Jackson and forward Qyntel Woods carry the frontcourt for a team whose 89 points per game leads the Euroleague. Prokom is coming off its first win thanks to a stellar performance from center Tomas Van den Spiegel, who amassed a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds as he earned weekly MVP honors against VidiVici Bologna. Van den Spiegel, also the league co-leader in blocked shots, won't need to carry as much of the offensive burden this week with point guard Mustafa Shakur learning the ropes with his new team and Gurovic back in action. The game promises several interesting matchups, led by Van den Spiegel against Jackson inside. Another key head-to-head battle pits Shakur against Blakney, with former Olympiacos playmaker Christos Harissis likely to come off the bench for the visitors. Woods is one of the few players in the league with the physical characteristics to match up with Gurovic. At shooting guard, Prokom's red-hot Donatas Slanina and Dajuan Wagner will try to tame Macijauskas and Milos Teodosic. Gurovic and Slanina could play major roles with their three-point shooting as the hosts will likely play a lot of zone defense in order to keep their top guys from falling into foul trouble. The Reds' critical issue will be ball-handling, as Blakney must suddenly carry the team without Greer. How much the other guards can contribute in that area is a big issue for the hosts in this crucial Group A fixture.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Euroleague.net - Kostas Sotiriou, Athens - Dariusz Kopec, Poland

Quotes Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"Prokom has become very dangerous after the recent win over Virtus Bologna. During the summer, they signed many good players, but they haven't found the right chemistry yet. They are improving day by day and they are always dangerous, something that they have proved in past years in the Euroleague. Gurovic's return makes them really stronger and we shouldn't underestimate them because we compete at home. We will need our fans' support one more time and I am sure that we will have it."
KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"Olympiacos is a great team and we feel a big respect for them. However, we are going to Greece to try to win this game. We are in good shape, which we proved in Bologna. Now, we have two new players on the roster and Milan Gurovic is coming back to the lineup. Of course, we have to be well concentrated and we have to play good team defense."

Players

PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS
Olympiacos
"This game is very special, since we are going to face our former teammate Christos Harissis. We are glad, because he is playing well in his new environment. He is a good friend of ours, but we will make him sad on Wednesday. Prokom is improving as a team and their road victory over Virtus Bologna has raised their morale, but we have no margin for losing at home. It is very important that we are going to have two more players in our roster and, despite the existing problems, I believe that we have a better team and we just have to prove it on the court."
DYLEWICZ, FILIP
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"When I see the Olympiacos roster, I cannot say about the biggest star of that team, because there are so many big names that it's not possible to choose the best one. We expect a very tough game in Greece, but we want to make the surprise. We are able to do it, because after a bad beginning in the Euroleague, we are now playing our good game. If we play so well as we did in Bologna, I think we could win against Olympiacos."
Arvydas Macijauskas - Olympiacos Olympiacos shook off its recent injury problems with one of its biggest victories all decade, 109-65 over visiting Prokom Trefl Sopot, at home in Piraeus, Greece on Wednesday. The victory gave Olympiacos a 3-2 record, enough to keep pace with the top of Group A. Prokom took a mighty fall from its first victory the previous week and saw its record drop to 1-4. Arvydas Macijauskas returned from a week off to lead the Reds with near-perfect shooting, including 9 of 9 free throws, among his 27 points. Qyntel Woods buried 5 of his team's 12 triples among his 22 points. Kostas Vasiliadis added 14 points and Ioannis Bouroussis 11 for the winners, both coming off the bench. Mustafa Shakur paced Prokom with 16 points, while Dajuan Wagner added 13 and Donatas Slanina 10. A 24-6 run that started midway through the first quarter put Prokom on its heels for the rest of the game and assured Olympiacos, which was missing starting point guard Lynn Greer to injury, an unexpectedly easy night.

Jackson got Olympiacos on the scoreboard first with a long jumper that quickly lengthened into a 7-1 edge for the hosts while Prokom struggled to find some rhythm offensively. That was until Dajuan Wagner struck from downtown and then flashed to the rim to give the visitors a just-as-quick 7-8 lead. The Reds retorted, however, with a quick 7-0 run that featured a triple by Arvydas Macijauskas and a pair of baskets by Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, forcing Prokom head coach Eugeniusz Kijewski to call a timeout. With Vasilopoulos putting his defensive stamp on the hosts' now-familiar zone defense, Olympiacos soon forged a double-digit lead as Jackson put down an offensive rebound and the free throw that came with it for a 24-14 score. The Reds weren't done yet, either, as Macijauskas knocked down a triple and turned a steal into free throws that boosted the margin to 31-14 after 10 minutes.

Dajuan Wagner - Prokom TreflThe second quarter did not shift the game's momentum. Olympiacos kept scoring at will and, behind 9 points by the tandem of Woods and Macijauskas, pushed the gap to 41-19. The Reds were stepping on the gas now and a Prokom timeout did nothing to decelerate them. Jackson muscled his way inside and Ioannis Bouroussis followed him with an emphatic rejection on Mustafa Shakur and a thunderous two-handed dunk on the break, good for a 46-22 advantage. Eventually Shakur became the focal point on Prokom's offense with 4 points and Van den Spiegel scored his first basket of the night, yet the guests got no closer that 52-30 at the half.

Wagner opened the second half determined to help Prokom claw its way back, but Roderick Blakney upped the ante with a triple. Van den Spiegel stepped up a bit and scored 3 points. However, what followed were back-to-back three-point bombs by Woods that pushed the gap to 63-35 and put any hopes of a Prokom comeback out of reach. Showtime was not over and Olympiacos, playing swarming defense and pushing the tempo, brought the crowd to its feet. Soon, Kostas Vasiliadis connected from downtown to make it 76-39. The basket was looking like an ocean for the hosts. In the waning seconds of the third quarter, Milos Teodosic nailed a three-point shot and then Vasiliadis stole the ball and unleashed a wild buzzer-beating triple to make it 86-44.

Qyntel Woods - OlympiacosAt the outset of the final period, the reserves of Olympiacos looked even more impressive on the court and the fans were treated with a display of highlight-reel passes, passionate defensive plays and numerous fastbreaks. The Reds reached the 100-point territory with 4:41 remaining, yet the scoreboard kept rolling. Teodosic was running the show and provided the final highlight of the game when he lobbed Bourousis for another slam dunk en route to a resounding 109-65 victory.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Epameinondas Tsakalos, Athens
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 4500
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos31213423
Prokom Trefl Sopot14161421
End of Quarter1234
Olympiacos315286109
Prokom Trefl Sopot14304465
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 24:17 7 2/4 1/2     4 4 3         2 1 10
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 13:49 2 1/2     1   1 1 1       1   3
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 21:47 22 3/6 5/6 1/1 2 3 5   1 3     1 1 21
7 MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS 25:31 27 6/7 2/4 9/9   2 2 5 2 1 1     8 41
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 26:17 11 3/4 1/2 2/2   5 5 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 15
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 17:52 8 3/4 0/3 2/2 2 2 4   1   1   3 1 8
14 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 15:25 14 4/5 2/5   1 1 2 3 4       1   18
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 8:22 2 1/1 0/2     1 1   2   1   2   2
17 KAFKIS, PANAGIOTIS 5:21 2 1/3             1 1     1   -1
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 19:11 5 1/1 1/4   1 1 2 4 1 1     2   6
25 JACKSON, MARC 22:08 9 4/7   1/1 2 5 7 2 2 2     1 4 18
Team                                
Totals 200:00 109 29/44 12/28 15/15 9 24 33 19 16 10 6 1 16 16 141
65.9% 42.9% 100%
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
Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 ROSZYK, KRZYSZTOF 19:35 2 1/2 0/1   1 4 5     1         4
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 16:09 4 2/2 0/2     1 1   2           5
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 20:58 4 1/4   2/2 2 1 3 2 2 1   1 1 3 8
9 WAGNER, DAJUAN 20:11 13 3/7 2/2 1/2   2 2     3   1 4 1 3
10 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS 16:47     0/1     1 1 1   2     1   -2
11 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 26:06 16 6/11 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 2 1 5   1 1 3 12
12 STANOJEVIC, JOVO 26:34 9 4/8   1/2 2 4 6 1   4 1 1 3 3 7
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 22:29 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 1         2 2 8
15 GUROVIC, MILAN 14:52   0/4 0/2     1 1     1   1 1 1 -7
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 16:19 7 2/6   3/4 3 4 7   1 3   1 3 3 6
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 65 20/48 5/15 10/13 11 22 33 7 6 20 1 6 16 16 45
41.7% 33.3% 76.9%
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"In the last two games – against Olympia Larissas in the Greek League and tonight - we played more as a team. I think that all players realized that the scorer should score, the passer should pass and the defender should play defense. It is worth mentioning that in recent training sessions the second team has been very competitive, as they beat the starters. The game against Prokom was supposed to be a very difficult one. They have some excellent scorers and Van den Spiegel was fantastic against Virtus VidiVici Bologna, finishing with a 50 index. We were focused, as we knew that Prokom come out strong in each game. I am satisfied because we didn’t force many shots tonight."
KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"This was probably our worst game in our Euroleague history. Congratulations to Olympiacos, because they played great both on defense and on offense. We committed 20 turnovers, so there was no chance for us to win this game. Most of our turnovers led to our opponents finishing the fastbreak and scoring easy points. They killed us."

Players

MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS
Olympiacos
"It was important for us to win this home game, after we had struggled for a couple of games. We came out strong and played good in both ends of the floor. Regarding my performance, I don't want to look back at what happened in the past. All that matters is the present. I just try to work hard, practice hard, so as to keep improving and helping my team to play better."
HARISSIS, CHRISTOS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"With the addition of our new players, I think that we will succeed in qualifying to the Top 16. I want to thank the fans because they cheered for me tonight. It is not easy to forget the four years that I played for this team. I wish Olympiacos all the best. As far as the game is concerned, they established an early lead and never looked back. They didn’t give us the chance to get back in the game."
WAGNER, DAJUAN
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"We have just to play harder. Olympiacos is a good, very good team. I like it playing in the Euroleague. It feels good. I am not ready yet, but I’m getting there. You know what I used to be. I have to keep working hard and getting better and better everyday."
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