Top 16 profile: Olympiacos

Feb 04, 2007 by Print

Regular Season:
3rd, Group A, 10-4

Key Team Stats
won five of seven regular season road games

Team Rankings
3rd points
2nd free throw %
1st rebounds

Pini Gershon Olympiacos
Pini Gershon
It's been a season full of drama already for Olympiacos, but after compiling a 10-4 record, the Reds are readying themselves for the next round in their hoped-for run to the 2007 Final Four in Athens. Head coach Pini Gershon, who guided another club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, to appearances in the last three Euroleague title games – including back-to-back titles – knows what it means to have his team peak at the right time. The addition of low-post threat Sam Hoskins to help Andrija Zizic inside plus the expected return of shooting star Arvydas Macijauskas from injury are more reasons to expect big things from this club. One of the season's biggest surprises has been all-around threat Alex Acker,
Alex Acker - Olympiacos
Alex Acker
who ranked eighth in overall index ranking at the end of the regular season. Among the many things that Gershon has working in his favor is a group of talented and hungry veterans, many of whom are looking to reach their first Final Four. Playmakers Scoonie Penn and Christos Harissis, guards Henry Domercant and Manolis Papamakarios, and big man Ioannis Bourousis each have at least 50 Euroleague appearances, but have never reached the goal of every Euroleague player. As the Euroleague's third-best scoring team in the regular season, Olympiacos has already found the points it needs to win consistently and thrill fans. Now, with Gershon pointing the way, the Reds believe that this season they can go for it all.
Olympiacos head coach Pini Gershon: "We could have imagined the composition of our group before the draw, but now it's clear. This is a tough group, but it may become easy in the near future. I think that Groups D and E are more difficult than the other two. We start with two games away, but we will play at home three of the last four games. There is no easy team in the Top 16. All of them have quality and potential. I hope that Olympiacos will manage the things in the proper way and we will make it."
Olympiacos guard Arvydas Macijauskas: “You cannot say that the draw is either easy or difficult. CSKA Moscw is the defending Euroleague champion, while Joventut Badalona is a… crazy team! They can beat everybody, but they also can lose to everybody. Partizan has a lot of talent. I think that Group G is the easier, but now it's over. Regarding myself, I hope that I can play the three games of the Top 16 second leg. I will do my best to be on the court.”
Olympiacos general manager Christos Stavropoulos: "The draw is always the draw. We are talking about the best 16 teams in the Euroleague. According to the draw restrictions, we were expecting to play with some team like CSKA before it started. But anyway, it's a good group. The most important thing is to be ready at the right time to play against these teams."