2015-16Top 16Round 2
January 07, 2016 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.7 Points 75.9
38.3 Rebounds 38.5
10.2 O. Rebounds 12.0
28.1 D. Rebounds 26.5
16.4 Assists 17.8
8.1 Steals 6.0
3.8 Blocks 2.8
12.9 Turnovers 12.8
52.3 % 2PT 50.2 %
36.9 % 3PT 34.9 %
78.2 % FT 70.3 %
98.6 Index 85.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Bourousis Points 13.3 / Printezis
9.4 / Bourousis Rebounds 5.3 / Hunter
2.5 / Bourousis OR 2.3 / Hunter
6.9 / Bourousis DR 3.7 / Printezis
3.9 / Adams Assists 6.6 / Spanoulis
1.5 / Adams Steals 0.9 / Strawberry
1.4 / Hanga Blocks 0.5 / Agravanis
2.0 / Bourousis Turnovers 3.3 / Spanoulis
75.0 % / Corbacho 2PT 63.3 % / Hunter
45.0 % / Bourousis 3PT 46.5 % / Mantzaris
100.0 % / Adams FT 81.8 % / Printezis
22.2 / Bourousis Index 15.6 / Printezis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-0 Top 16 1-0
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
7-4 Overall 9-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

The Take

These teams meet again for the third time this season. Ioannis Bourousis, who leads the Euroleague in performance index rating (22.2 per game) goes against his former team. Bourousis will get plenty of help around the baskets from Kim Tillie, Toko Shengelia and Darko Planinic. Othello Hunter and Nikola Milutinov will see most of the minutes against Bourousis, while Tillie and Shengelia must be ready to stop mobile power forward Georgios Printezis. Laboral leads the Euroleague in scoring (93.2 ppg.) on its home court, but Olympiacos has the best defense in the competition (68.6 ppg. allowed) and does even better on the road (61.3), so setting the right game tempo will be critical in this game. Laboral relies on Mike James and Darius Adams to run the floor and make the most of its fast wing players: Fabien Causeur, Adam Hanga and Jaka Blazic. Vangelis Mantzaris and Vassilis Spanoulis will try to make Olympiacos play five-on-five, patient offenses to get players like Ioannis Papapetrou, Matt Lojeski and Daniel Hackett involved. DJ Strawberry could be the X-factor for Olympiacos against Adams and James due to his size and speed. Expect a great crowd and an even better basketball atmosphere at Fernando Buesa Arena.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis was named Regular Season Round 2 MVP after leading his team to an overtime win over Olympiacos with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 44.

Bourousis was the Euroleague Regular Season leader in performance index rating with an average of 23.6 per game.

Bourousis was the Euroleague Regular Season leader in in rebounding with an average of 9.6 boards per game.

Bourousis played five seasons for Olympiacos between 2006 and 2011. In that time he helped the club win a pair of Greek Cups and reach two Euroleague Final Fours. He played alongside Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis during that period.

Bourousis and Spanoulis were teammates on the Greek national team that won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships in Serbia. The two were also teammates on the Greek junior national team that won the gold medal at the 2002 European Championships for Young Men in Lithuania.

With his next blocked shot, Bourousis will overtake former Laboral center Mirza Begic for sole possession of second place in competition history with 163 career rejections.

Bourousis is shooting 7 for 12 from downtown at home this season compared to 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Darko Planinic was a teammate of Olympiacos guard D.J. Strawberry at Cibona Zagreb during the 2013-14 season.

Toko Shengelia had one of his best Euroleague performances against Olympiacos last season. Shengelia totaled 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks per a career-best performance index rating of 26 in an 89-70 home win.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Georgios Printezis has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos needs 173 more points to become just the second person in competition history to reach 3,000 career points

Spanoulis needs 2 more three-pointers to become the 10th player in competition history to make 300 career triples.

Spanoulis is 7 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Vassilis Spanoulis scored 27 points and dished 6 assists to lead Olympiacos to a 76-64 victory over Laboral Kutxa in the Top 16 last season.

Vangelos Mantzaris played one of his best Euroleague games against Laboral Kutxa Vitoria two seasons ago. Mantzaris led the Reds to an 89-59 victory in the Top 16 with 5 points, 8 rebounds, a career-best 9 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 18.

Matt Lojeski needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Darius Johnson-Odom is poised to make his Euroleague debut.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"When you play against Olympiacos you always wind up spent, whether you win or lose, because it's a very tough team. They have been playing that way for several years. They have a long bench and a very physical playing style. We have an added plus to be playing with the heat of our fans, but we have to respect our opponents because they are of the first first level."
SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Laboral Kutxa is a team that can go to the Final Four. They play excellent, they have six consecutive wins, they won all their home games so far and they have one of the best centers in Europe. I am talking about Ioannis Bourousis. We have to control the rhythm of the game for 40 minutes and play good defense like we did in the first game at home."

Players

CAUSEUR, FABIEN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Olympiacos is a very tough team, very serious, and never gives you anything easily. It's one of the best teams in Europe. We can expect a very physical game and it's going to be very difficult. Fernando Buesa Arena is a tough one for opponents, with our crowd behind us, but the Euroleague requires we play at a very high level to win."
MANTZARIS, VANGELIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"The game is very important for us. They have one of the hardest teams and courts in Europe, so we have to play excellent if we want to win. We have to play with energy for 40 minutes and not allow them to play their game. They love to run and play fast and we have to stop that."

Olympiacos wins in Vitoria to claim top spot in Group F

Olympiacos Piraeus came up with a strong defensive performance to grab an important 76-82 road victory over Laboral Kuxta Vitoria Gasteiz in Group F. Olympiacos held Laboral 19.2 points below its season average at home and received 19 points from Vassilis Spanoulis to improve to 2-0 in the Top 16. Spanoulis nailed 3 three-pointers and in doing so became the 10th player in competition history to make 300 career triples. Othello Hunter added 17 points, while Georgios Printezis chipped in 15 points and Vangelos Mantzaris 14 for Olympiacos. Laboral dropped to 1-1 in the group despite Mike James scoring 16 points. Ioannis Bourousis posted 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. It was the third matchup between these teams this season with both sides having won at home during the regular season.

First quarter: Mantzaris on target from long range, Hunter productive off bench

Laboral coach Velimir Perasovic kept the same starting line-up with Darius Adams, Fabien Causeur, Adam Hanga, Toko Shengelia and Ilimane Diop. Olympiacos coach Giannis Sfairopoulos made just one change as D.J. Strawberry started for Ioannis Papapetrou alongside Spanoulis, Mantzaris, Printezis and Nikola Milutinov. Adams started the game in great fashion with a driving layup and a pass to Causeur for a layup and a 4-0 lead. Mantzaris got Olympiacos on the board with a three-pointer, but Adams nailed a triple of his own to put Laboral up 7-3. Olympiacos was able to get some stops defensively and Printezis evened the game with a layup. Mantzaris’s second three had the guests ahead 7-10. Shengalia’s free throws stopped the run, but it was 9-13 after Hunter’s three-point play. Causeur knocked down a three-pointer, but the Olympiacos offense continued to produce with Mantzaris free throws and another Hunter three-point play to make it 12-20. Bourousis entered the game and had an immediate impact with an inside basket before Shengelia and Hanga both split their free throws to close the gap to 16-20. Olympiacos’s reserves continued to perform with Daniel Hackett and Hunter scoring for a 16-24 lead. Two Bourousis foul shots had the gap down to 18-24 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Olympiacos pulls away with 4-14 run

Hunter opened the quarter with a dunk to up the cushion to 18-26. Kim Tillie answered with 2 straight baskets for Laboral to trim it to 4 points. Dimitrios Agravanis came off the bench for Olympiacos to hit a three-pointer that got the lead to 22-29. Laboral was able to come up with some stops with Mike James hitting free throws and a jumper as the deficit came down to 28-29. Olympiacos called for a timeout and found some answers with Mantzaris racing past Bourousis for a layup and Printezis scoring inside for a 28-33 lead – and a Laboral time out. Olympiacos turned defense to offense with new acquisition Darius Johnson-Odom feeding Printezis for a fast break layup and it was 28-37 after Spanoulis free throws. Darko Planicic came off the bench for 2 free throws and a put-back and Laboral was to within 32-39. But Spanoulis nailed a three from the left wing and Mantzaris hit a free throw. Shengelia finished the scoring in the first half with a nice catch and layup to bring Laboral within 34-43 at the break.

Third quarter: James’s 9 points help Laboral get back into game

Printezis opened the second half with a push shot from the baseline and then nailed a wide-open three after some fine team passing for a 34-48 lead. Shengelia threw a lefty dunk at the other end for Laboral’s first points. But Printezis scored again, Spanoulis made free throws and Hunter converted a three-point play to push the margin to 38-55. The home team got a couple of stops and trimmed the deficit to 45-55 after 4 Bourousis free throws and a Tillie three-point play. Olympiacos called a timeout, but failed to convert twice and Laboral got out on the break for a Jaka Blazic steal and layup and 2 Hanga foul shots to complete an 11-0 run that made it 49-55. Spanoulis stopped the run with a jumper for Olympiacos’ first basket in 2:27 minutes. Mike James nailed a triple to cut the gap to 5 points, but Spanoulis answered right back with a three of his own. Mike James did finish the third quarter with a buzzer-beating jumper off the glass to make it 56-62.

Fourth quarter: Shawn James helps Reds close it out

Spanoulis opened the fourth with a three and Shawn James converted a three-point play as the lead reached 12 again. Diop’s jumper finally got Laboral on the board with 7:35 minutes to play. Shawn James and Diop swapped free throws before Shawn James threw down a big dunk to make it 60-72 with six minutes remaining. Mantzaris extended the margin to 60-75 with a three-pointer from the left wing. Hanga punched right back from long range and Mike James drove in for a layup. Bourousis and Hanga combined for 3 free throws to get the margin to 68-76 with less than three minutes left. But Printezis stopped the Laboral surge and Hunter’s free throws had the cushion back at 12 points with less than two minutes left. Knowing that every point could count later in the group, Blazic hit 5 big points to finish with just a 6-point loss.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB15
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 10237
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 23:27 16 4/5 1/3 5/6   1 1 1   2     1 4 15
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 29:51 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   2 2 3   5 1   3 3 5
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 7:04 4 1/3   2/4 3 2 5     1   1   2 5
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 16:37 7 2/3 0/1 3/4 1   1   1 1     3 3 5
8 HANGA, ADAM 30:30 7   1/3 4/6 1 7 8   1 2     4 7 13
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 23:16 12 1/3   10/10 2 5 7 1 2 2     3 7 22
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 17:34 7 2/3 1/4     2 2 1 2   1   1   8
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 9:29 4 1/2   2/2             1   3 1 2
14 TILLIE, KIM 17:23 7 3/4 0/1 1/2 1 2 3   2 1     3 2 7
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 21:43 5 1/3 1/5     1 1 3 1 4     3 2 -1
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 3:06     0/2     1 1               -1
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 76 16/28 5/22 29/36 10 23 33 9 9 18 3 1 24 31 82
        57.1% 22.7% 80.6%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 13:17   0/1 0/1   1   1 2 2 1   1 2 1  
3 JAMES, SHAWN 8:22 7 2/3   3/3 1   1           3 3 7
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 21:44 17 5/8   7/7   3 3   2 3     3 5 18
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 11:04 1 0/1 0/2 1/2       1 1       4 1 -4
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 29:41 19 2/3 3/9 6/6   1 1 2 1 2   1 3 4 14
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 17:02   0/1 0/1   2 1 3 2 1 3     4   -3
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 7:50           2 2 1     1   2   2
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 21:44 15 6/9 1/4   1 1 2 2 2 2   1 4 4 12
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 10:04 5 0/1 1/4 2/2   4 4     1     1 2 5
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 32:25 14 1/3 3/4 3/4 1 2 3 3 2       3 2 17
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 16:25 4 2/3 0/1     1 1 3   1     2   3
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 10:22         1 3 4 1   2       2 5
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 82 18/33 8/26 22/24 10 22 32 17 11 16 1 3 31 24 82
        54.5% 30.8% 91.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think it was a game that our team fought hard, but we didn't have real chance of winning in the end. We got closer, we came within 6 points in some moments, but we never could get under that limit. Olympiacos played a great game; they did what they needed to do when they needed to do it. They scored when they needed it most, they played a great defense in the paint, they made fouls when they needed to make them and we couldn't fight against that. They deserved the win, they played better and there is nothing left to say. The physical difference was key factor tonight, the team fought as much as it could, but we faced a better opponent tonight."
SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very important game for us for two reasons. First of all Laboral Kutxa is a very good team, especially when they play at their home court, where they are very aggressive. Second because this group is a very tough one and winning on the road makes this achievement a very important one. They play with a lot of energy at home, they are tough here; we saw it against Real Madrid last weekend, or against Barcelona previously. We know each other very well as we shared the same group in the first round, but compared to the previous game we played here, I think we stayed more concentrated, and played better in the crucial moments of the game. We started the game very concentrated, allowed only 35 points in the first half thanks to our good defense, which gave us the control of the game. We were ahead in the third period, but we knew that they would try to react. In the fourth quarter we started strong and kept a good margin that allowed us win the game. I think that, considering how the game went, we deserved this win. I congratulated my players in the locker room because they followed the plan we had, but at the same time I told them that the way is long, so we must stay humble, work hard and improve what we still need to improve."

Players

JAMES, MIKE
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Basically Olympiacos played harder than us. They did a great job, they hit us from the beginning and even though we tried to come back, we were unable to finish the task. They played hard for 40 minutes, we made silly turnovers, we had to stay focused all game."
HUNTER, OTHELLO
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I would like to say that it really was a tough game for us. We managed to play good defense and thanks to that we controlled the game. Everyone contributed both offensively and defensively. "
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