Final Four Round 2 - May 03, 2009 CET: 17:00 Local time: 17:00 - O2 WORLD
FINAL FOUR, ROUND 2

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-1 Final Four 0-0
2-1 Playoffs 2-2
5-1 Top 16 5-1
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
14-7 Overall 17-5

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia
Umpire
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.0 Points 81.0
32.9 Rebounds 34.0
8.8 O. Rebounds 9.7
24.1 D. Rebounds 24.3
16.0 Assists 15.2
7.7 Steals 8.0
2.7 Blocks 4.5
14.3 Turnovers 12.0
58.4 % 2PT 55.3 %
37.5 % 3PT 38.2 %
67.6 % FT 81.7 %
90.7 Index 95.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Bourousis Points 14.8 / Navarro
7.3 / Bourousis Rebounds 7.2 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
2.2 / Bourousis OR 2.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
5.0 / Bourousis DR 5.2 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
5.2 / Papaloukas Assists 3.7 / Navarro
1.2 / Papaloukas Steals 1.4 / Navarro
1.1 / VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS Blocks 1.8 / Vazquez
2.6 / Papaloukas Turnovers 2.0 / Navarro
76.1 % / Papaloukas 2PT 82.1 % / Barton
50.0 % / Printezis 3PT 50.0 % / Basile
100.0 % / Teodosic FT 92.9 % / Navarro
15.8 / Bourousis Index 15.4 / Navarro

THE TAKE

A big showdown between two European club powerhouse is taking place right before the Euroleague final, as Regal FC Barcelona and Olympiacos face each other in the Third Place game on Sunday at 17:00 CET. Both teams will be looking for a prestigious win, trying to finish a great Euroleague season in style. Olympiacos is in its first Final Four since 1999, while Regal FC Barcelona is in European club basketball's signature event for just the second time since winning the Euroleague title in 2003. Barcelona and Olympiacos will be looking to bounce back from its semifinals losses against defending champion CSKA Moscow and 2007 winner Panathinaikos, respectively. Former Panathinaikos player Jaka Lakovic will be Barcelona's starting point guard, even when both coaches may opt to change their rotations in this game. Lakovic will get help from pass-first guard Victor Sada and Andre Barrett at playmaker. Sada will have the tough mission to guard former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas, currently in his seventh Final Four. Papaloukas, a tall playmaker with incredible court vision, may have to face Barcelona defensive stopper Gianluca Basile. Shooting ace Lynn Greer and talented playmaker Milos Teodosic show how deep the Reds are at point guard. Basile will also provide fire power along with Lakovic and star guard Juan Carlos Navarro, with Roger Grimau and Lubos Barton offering intensity, athleticism and defense. Barton is ready to go against Georgios Printezis, Navarro and Lakovic will test his shooting skills against Yotam Halperin and Jannero Pargo while Basile may see some playing time against Josh Childress, a nightmare matchup for any defender due to his size and jumping skills. Barcelona will be mostly concernes on stopping Nikola Vujcic, one of the best passing centers in European basketball history. Vujcic has his perfect complement in aggressive forward Ioannis Bourousis, with Zoran Erceg and Ian Vougiouskas coming off the bench. Sofoklis Schortsianitis rejoined the team and may see some playing time while Panos Vasilopoulos is expected to miss the game due to injury. Barcelona is really solid around the baskets with experienced center David Andersen, athletic forwards Ersan Ilyasova and Fran Vazquez, as well as Daniel Santiago, an old-school low post player with great size and power. Barcelona must get Navarro involved, as well as making the most of its athleticism around the baskets. Olympiacos must try to slow down the game tempo with Papaloukas as its floor general, as well as running its five-on-five game through Vujcic. Above all, the team that stayed focused and recovers from its semifinals loss quickly will have the most chances to win a fun-to-watch game in which both squads have a lot to offer.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"You have to play good basketball on Sunday and you have to learn something. For me, this is the most important mentality to becoming a champion. I think, as I said before the tournament, that every team from this Final Four could have won the trophy, and we showed that in the semifinals and how close they were. Tomorrow's game is going to be different and difficult, but we still have to promote basketball. For me, you work with you're mind, and you have to do that in this game, too. Every game is a different game and every ball a different ball. We have to build character from this game. I think we have to cut the rhythm of Barcelona. It's a team that likes to play at a high rhythm, and if we cut it, we can win the game."
PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"We put pride and good play on the floor last night, and after winning for the whole game, in the last quarter it escaped us. For tomorrow, we hope to recover as fast as possible to be able to repeat our playing level. It's always difficult to win such a game when you cam to win the trophy, but we will do everything we can to play a good game. Just to win is the mentality we need and want and will help us recover. Last night was very tough, this morning also. Now we've been able to train a little, and always when you train after a tough loss, you begin to recover a little more. I'm sure that tomorrow we'll have the mentality to come out strong in the game. We've been looking at the Olympiacos roster, long as it is, with lots of options, so we'll see how they plan the game tomorrow. For sure, they have their good big men inside, and Papaloukas, Greer and Halperin outside, as well as someone with the physical skills of Childress. It's a great roster. They are all capable and it's a complete team in which any player can hurt you. Friday's two games were very close and any of the four teams could be playing the final tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's not us, but I see both games as open tomorrow."

Players

PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS
Olympiacos
"It's hard to play this kind of game, but we came here to give our best performance, so we have to work on winning on Sunday. It's not only about being third, but about winning. It's better to leave the tournament with a win. Barcelona is a great team that has had a great season. Last night they played another very big European team, but CSKA was better in the last quarter. Barcelona is a new team for us and it's going to be a hard game. They have a lot of high-quality players. We'll see. You don't want to forget last night's loss, you want to learn from it. Losses make you better if you find out what went wrong. Tomorrow we have this game before we go back to the Greek championship, and it's all important for us and our fans."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
Regal FC Barcelona
“If you ask any player they’ll say, ‘It’s difficult to get back up for a game after a tough game when you had a chance to win and you lose. It’s going to be difficult, but that’s why were here. You have to come out and play hard. It’s a game, so it’s part of the love of the game, I suppose you say. So when you go out on the floor, when you cross the white line, you have to be willing to play hard for your team. Olympiacos is a great team with good lineups and a lot of experienced players. It’s going to be a very tough game and I think an entertaining game. There are two motivations. One is to win to finish with a good feeling and two is to get ready for the Spanish League. We are trying to get our rhythm back.”
David Andersen - Regal FC Barcelona - Final Four Berlin 2009Regal FC Barcelona finished the 2008-09 Euroleague Basketball season in third place after cruising to a 79-95 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus at o2 World in Berlin. In a fast-paced and entertaining game, Barcelona led from start to finish, pulling away with a 0-15 charge that bridged the first and second periods, as it held the Reds without a basket for nearly seven minutes. David Andersen scored 20 to pace Barca, which finished the season with 18 wins – more than any team in the Euroleague this season. Juan Carlos Navarro and Jaka Lakovic added 14 apiece for the winners and Daniel Santiago scored 10. Lakovic also dished 5 steals. Lynn Greer led Olympiacos with 19 points, Ioannis Bourousis posted 17 points and 9 rebounds, Nikola Vujcic finished with 12 and Zoran Erceg had 11.

Santiago got Barcelona going with a layup, but free throws by Vujcic tied it at 2-2. Olympiacos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis opted for an unusual backcourt featuring Milos Teodosic and Michalis Pelekanos, trying to get more defensive intensity. Lubos Barton stepped up with a three-point play and Santiago dunked for a 2-7 Barcelona lead. Vujcic took over with a spin move in the low post, but Navarro followed a layup-plus-foul with free throws to boost his team's margin to 4-12. Andersen buried his trademark turnaround jumper, which Teodosic erased with a floating layup. Lakovic sank free throws before Navarro fed Santiago for an alley-oop dunk-and-foul. Georgios Printezis and Pelekanos kept the Reds within 9-19. Erceg and Santiago traded jump hooks, as Olympiacos adjusted its man-to-man defense. Greer downed 4 free throws in an 8-0 Olympiacos run highlighted by Theo Papaloukas's wild driving layup that brought the Reds back to life at 19-22. Ersan Ilyasova scored in penetration off a Barcelona timeout before Sada made free throws to give his team some fresh air, 19-26, after 10 minutes.

Lynn Greer - Olympiacos - Final Four Berlin 2009Barcelona dominated the boards with Fran Vazquez and Ilyasova together on court. Both players set the crowd on fire with back-to-back dunks that caused Olympiacos to stop the game at 19-31. Olympiacos tried to slow down the game tempo, but could not find good shots. At the other end, Jordi Trias buried a four-meter jumper that broke the game open, 19-33. Olympiacos had been scoreless for five minutes already while a 'bomba' by Navarro made it a 16-point game. A put-back layup by Trias capped a 0-15 run. Finally Printezis banked in a jump hook. Gianluca Basile immediately answered from downtown to make it 21-40. Greer collected a steal and raced downcourt for an easy layup, but free throws by Andre Barrett and a mid-range jumper by Andersen kept Regal FCB far ahead, 23-44. Greer nailed a three-pointer and Vujcic scored down low in a 7-0 Olympiacos run that Papaloukas capped with a driving layup. Barrett scored in penetration to fix the halftime score at 30-46.

Vujcic hit a jump hook immediately after the break, but Navarro answered from downtown to keep Barca in control. Greer pleased the crowd with a floating layup and a running triple that saw Barcelona call timeout at 37-49. Vujcic and Lakovic traded baskets before Bourousis downed a three-pointer from the top of the key. Papaloukas added a driving layup to get Olympiacos within 44-53. Vujcic made free throws, too. Barcelona tried twin point guards with Sada and Lakovic together on court. Ilyasova took over with a put-back dunk that Bourousis matched with an uncontested layup. Lakovic followed a layup with a big three-pointer and Sada added a stop-and-pop jumper to keep Barcelona out of trouble, 50-63. Erceg made foul shots, but Lakovic buried one from downtown over Bourousis. Roger Grimau joined the three-point shootout for a 52-69 Barcelona margin. Erceg beat the shot clock with a jump hook that Andersen matched with a baseline jumper. Free throws by Papaloukas and a put-back layup by Bourousis brought the Reds within 58-73 after three quarters.

Juan Carlos Navarro - Regal FC Barcelona - Final Four Berlin 2009Olympiacos needed a quick comeback to get back in the game and Bourousis tried to ignite it with a quick basket. Andersen immediately answered from downtown and soon hit a free throw for a 60-77 score. Olympiacos could not find its scoring rhythm until Erceg stepped up with a layup-plus-foul. Bourousis added a jump hook to give the Reds some hope at 65-77 with over eight minutes to go. Barton buried a three-pointer, but Pelekanos scored after an Olympiacos timeout. Andersen kept pacing Barcelona and his trademark three-pointer from the key sealed the outcome, 70-85, with four minutes to go. Olympiacos kept trying through an outstanding Bourousis, but everything was said and done already. Barcelona added a prestigious win to finish a fantastic Euroleague season in style while Olympiacos hopes to use this experience to come back even stronger in 2009-10.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Javier Gancedo, Euroleague.net, Berlin
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), PUKL,SASA (SLO), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 13238
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Olympiacos19112821
Regal FC Barcelona26202722
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Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
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 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 23:28 8 3/7 0/1 2/2       4   3     2 1 3
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 18:13 3 1/2 0/2 1/2         1   1   5 1 -3
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 19:38 12 4/8   4/4   3 3 3   1 1   1 2 15
8 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 5:24                 1           1
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 25:13 17 7/8 1/3 0/2 2 7 9 2         4 4 23
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 15:39     0/2         1 2       2 1  
11 GREER, LYNN 32:07 19 3/6 2/4 7/8   3 3 2 1 3     2 4 18
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 1:38   0/1                         -1
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 10:03 4 2/3               1     4   -2
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 23:28 11 4/6   3/4 2 3 5 1 2     1 3 6 18
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 25:09 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 2         2 4 8
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 79 25/43 4/14 17/22 5 17 22 15 7 8 2 1 25 23 81
58.1% 28.6% 77.3%
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: PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
# 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 BASILE, GIANLUCA 15:36 3   1/1     2 2   1           6
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 11:06 4 1/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 2   1   1 2 1 2
8 TRIAS, JORDI 13:58 5 2/2   1/2 1 3 4 1   2 1   2 4 10
9 BARTON, LUBOS 15:41 6 1/2 1/1 1/1 2   2             1 8
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 18:39 14 2/3 2/4 4/4 1 1 2 5   1     4 2 15
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 30:03 14 2/6 1/8 7/7   1 1 3   2   1   6 10
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 25:56 20 5/7 3/5 1/2 1 3 4     2     2 1 16
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 12:37 3 1/2   1/2 1 4 5           2 1 5
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 10:10 7 3/3 0/1 1/2 1 2 3     1     4 2 5
24 SADA, VICTOR 17:24 4 1/2   2/2 1 3 4 3 2 1     2 2 11
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 17:19 10 4/4   2/4   3 3   1       3 4 13
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 11:31 5 1/1 1/1   1 1 2 1         2 1 7
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 95 23/34 9/22 22/28 10 24 34 15 4 10 1 2 23 25 109
67.6% 40.9% 78.6%
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Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"I think that it was a game which is difficult to play. In the first half, the players didn't have the concentration to react after the semifinal. In the second half we tried a lot better. Because we had a lot of young players, I think it was a good lesson of how to play in this tournament. For me, I can't say anything about the first half because we didn't play. The second half we played a little better, with more energy, and had a better game. It was a great experience for my players, and we showed that we have the game to make success for the rest of the season, of which we have a lot of games let, and for next year. Thank you and congratulations to Barcelona."

"I think, as I said, my players didn't have the experience, most of them. After the loss on Friday, we didn't have the mentality and concentration we needed to play hard today from the first minute. We played hard in the second half, but it was not enough. It's a good lesson, because we had to play hard all game. This game was not so important for the championship, but it gave us the opportunity to learn for the future. Childress had a small problem with his knee, so in this game it was not necessary for him to play."
PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"We played a serious game from the start with a lot of defensive intensity. That allowed us to get some good early leads, playing nice basketball, fast and dynamic. We broke open the game that way in the first half. In the third quarter, we ran into trouble, in particular with the side pick-'n'-roll that Olympiacos played with Vujcic. They were able to score easily on us, but we were able to maintain decent leads thanks to our offense. It was a little similar to the leads that we had enjoyed in the first half, and those advantages were enough to decide the game for us. It doesn't taste good to finish third, because we came here with every intention of competing to win the title of this competition, the Euroleague trophy. Logically, then, we cannot leave satisfied. We played a good semifinal game, were on a good trajectory for most of it, but it was not enough to win."

Players

GREER, LYNN
Olympiacos
“It always feels bad to lose. Personal achievements don’t mean anything right now. We wanted to win. We came here to get two wins and instead we got two losses. Now we gotta go back to Athens and prepare for the Greek playoffs. This lets us know that we’re not as good as we think we are. We have to work harder. We have experience in this locker room. If we had won, we’d be saying we have experience, so it goes either way. Every time I go out there, I play hard. Barcelona played that way as well. Everybody. A total team effort. I don’t even remember [the 0-15 run]. Everything was going so fast. Andersen hit a couple of threes and Navarro got to the basket. Everybody was hitting for them at one point. They have a good team.”
VUJCIC, NIKOLA
Olympiacos
"I hope this will be the last time I play in a game for [third] place, that’s what I really hope. It’s really hard to play this game. We really tried, but it’s not a good result. Josh was injured and it was hard. [In the second period,] we were out of it. We tried to score, but couldn’t score. And the difference stayed the same way until the end of the game. We have a great chance to win the Greek championship. We have the home-court advantage. Now we must do that. It’s our bread and butter."
BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos
"It was a little hard to concentrate out there and we had some bad moments. I was not 100% and we missed some players with injuries. But there are no excuses. The guys that were on the court tried their hardest. I personally won’t take anything positive from Berlin, because I was sick, didn’t help my team much and we lost twice. I motioned to the Panathinaikos fans that we will meet again in the Greek League playoffs."
BARTON, LUBOS
Regal FC Barcelona
"Our season is not finished yet, as we still have the chance to win a big title, the Spanish League. I think we had a pretty good Euroleague season this year, but this is sports, it came down to one game that we didn't win and cost us the title. We had a very good start and kept intensity throughout the entire game. I don't know how Olympiacos played, but of course it was not the semifinals attitude."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
Regal FC Barcelona
"It is disappointing that we were not in the final, but we came out, played hard and finished in third position. It was a good win and now we must go back to focus on the Spanish League. We had a good Euroleague season, winning a lot more games that we lost. This is a new team with a lot of new guys. We have to work hard to bring back home the Euroleague title, there is always next year. We played our game, got our rhythm going, our defense was good. We played our style and did not get caught up in things."
LAKOVIC, JAKA
Regal FC Barcelona
"It was not an important win, but it is always better to go back home with a win than with a loss. We leave Berlin with the third place and most important, the feeling that we are one of the best teams here, if not the best. We lost a game, but it cannot affect us much in the Spanish League playoffs. This win is for the fans, who came a long way and paid a lot of money to be here. We were fully aware of that, they deserved to leave Berlin with some happiness."
SANTIAGO, DANIEL
Regal FC Barcelona
"It was a very good year for us. We put a very good team together and still a pretty young one. We hope to use this experience to help us in the Spanish League playoffs. Hopefully next year we will be able to come back stronger than ever. The main thing was that we were more focused than they were. It is tough to play a second game that does not mean too much. It is tough, but we have to be professional, go out there and play hard for our fans that came a long way to see us play. We had to finish strong because if you don't do it that way, this can affect you in your domestic league as well. You want to leave with a good taste in your mouth."
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