2008-09Regular SeasonRound 1
October 23, 2008 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALA DEL MAURO
Josh Childress - OlympiacosOlympiacos demonstrated its status as a Final Four candidate by beating Euroleague debutant Air Avellino comfortably 69-83 in its Group A opener. Josh Childress paced five players in double figures in his first ever Euroleague game with 14 points as well as 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Zoran Erceg and Yotam Halperin each tallied 11 points and Georgios Printezis and Lynn Greer hit for 10 points apiece for the Reds. Former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas chipped in 8 points and 4 assists in his return to the club. Head coach Panagiotis Giannakis's Olympiacos outrebounded Avellino 42-33, made 30-of-47 (63%) from inside the three-point line and blocked 8 shots. Chris Warren paced all scorers with 18 points and Travis Best added 14 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Nikola Radulovic chipped in 10 and Eric Williams had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for Zare Markovski's team, which was making its first ever appearance in the Euroleague. His team shot just 34% from the field and was unable to take advantage of 18 Olympiacos turnovers.

Best gave Avellino the lead to start the game and Childress soon scored his first basket in the Euroleague to even things at 4-4. Marko Tusek knocked down a three-ball to push the hosts ahead 9-4 while triples by Warren and Radulovic and a three-point play from Andrea Crosariol helped give Avellino a surprising 22-14 lead after one period.

Travis Best - Air Avellino Giannakis’s deep bench helped the visitors get back into the game with Milos Teodosic, Ioannis Bourousis, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Erceg and Halperin all scoring. Erceg knocked down a triple to knot things at 29-29. Best answered with a triple, but then Childress took over with two layups and his second blocked shot of the game in giving Olympiacos its first lead of the contest. Printezis and Papaloukas finished the second quarter with baskets for a 34-40 advantage at the break.

Drake Diener’s long ball started the second half and Williams cut the game to 41-42. But Olympiacos surged ahead with a 2-8 run for a 43-50 advantage. Best knocked down another three and a foul shot and Radulovic buried a triple as the hosts stayed within 54-59. Olympiacos, however, began to pull away for good though, leading 54-62 after three periods.

Halperin and Printezis both hit 2 baskets each during a decisive 2-12 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to build a 56-71 lead. Warren knocked down a triple and then pulled the game to within 61-71 with five minutes left. But the Reds played tough defense, holding Avellino scoreless for three minutes and hitting four foul shots for a 61-75 advantage with two minutes remaining. And that proved more than enough.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP)
Attendance: 4760
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Air Avellino
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 37:44 18 5/15 2/6 2/3 2 3 5 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 11
5 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 15:36 10 2/3 2/4     2 2         1 1 1 8
6 PORTA, ANTONIO 7:47 2 1/1               2     2   -2
8 BEST, TRAVIS 32:44 14 2/5 3/7 1/2   2 2 5 3 3     3 4 14
10 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 2:36   0/1                         -1
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 8:44 2 1/1       1 1   2 1     2 1 3
12 LISICKY, PETER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SLAY, TAMAR 16:07 2 1/7 0/3   1 4 5   1 3   2 5   -11
17 TUSEK, MARKO 14:49 5 0/1 1/4 2/2                 2 1  
20 WILLIAMS, ERIC 29:32 8 3/8   2/3 6 3 9   2 1   2 4 3 9
21 DIENER, DRAKE 34:10 8 1/5 2/5   2 4 6   1 2   1 3   2
30 NARDI, MIKE 0:11                              
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 69 16/47 10/29 7/10 14 19 33 7 11 13 1 7 25 13 36
        34% 34.5% 70%
Head coach: MARKOVSKI, ZARE
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 25:23 8 3/4   2/2   3 3 4   1 1   1 2 15
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 25:41 14 5/9 0/1 4/8 2 6 8 1 2 4 3   1 8 22
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 18:35 6 2/7   2/4 1 3 4 2           3 8
8 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 5:00     0/1     1 1           2   -2
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 13:06 8 4/4 0/1     2 2     1 1       9
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 19:26 11 3/6 1/1 2/2 1 2 3 1 1         1 14
11 GREER, LYNN 15:34 10 3/3 0/3 4/4       1 2 4 2   1 3 10
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 16:57 3 1/1   1/2   4 4 1 1       3 1 6
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 19:23 10 5/7     1 4 5     2 1       12
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 18:33 11 3/3 1/2 2/2 2 4 6   1 2     2 5 18
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 14:40 2 1/3       2 2 1   2     2 1  
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 7:42         1 1 2     2     1   -1
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 83 30/47 2/9 17/24 9 33 42 11 8 18 8 0 13 24 114
        63.8% 22.2% 70.8%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS

Head Coaches

MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
"I'm satisfied with our team performance. We did our best facing one of the most powerful teams in the competition. I have to thank my team and our fans who never stopped to support our players. We played on the court with passion and heart, but they have a deep team and great experience that helped them wait for the right moment and to take the momentum. We spent a lot of energy early in the game, but we have to follow on this way to be competitive."
GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"I knew it could be a very difficult game against a team debuting in the competition. They played with great enthusiasm and it was a difficult start also because we missed a lot of open shots. Then our depth and experience were important weapons to take the lead and maintain it. I'm happy because we played like a team never forcing solutions. We're just at the beginning of the season we have big improvements to make, but I'm satisfied with this first match."

Players

BEST, TRAVIS
Air Avellino
"We did our best, playing a great first quarter and a good first half. After the intermission we suffered from their athletic and physical power, having big problems to control Childress when he drove to the rim and also under the boards, but I think we must be happy with our Euroleague debut."
CHILDRESS, JOSH
Olympiacos
"It was a tough debut, like I expected. It was a close game until the end and I had to use all my attitude to stay in the match. It's a great experience for me, I think I have a lot of things to learn from players like Papaloukas and Vujcic. They will help me to grow up as a player and as a man."
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