2019-20Regular SeasonRound 20
January 17, 2020 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos sinks Bayern with huge fourth quarter

Olympiacos Piraeus turned a tight game into a blowout, registering its first win with coach Georgios Bartzokas back on the bench, downing the visiting FC Bayern Munich 89-72 on Friday night. Olympiacos improved to 8-12 on the season, while Bayern suffered its sixth consecutive defeat and dropped to a league-worst 6-14 record. The teams traded leads in the first three quarters, but Olympiacos scored the last 7 points of the third quarter, and then – led by Sasha Vezenkov – the Reds scored 35 points in the fourth to secure a big victory. Vezenkov scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the final quarter, and Augustine Rubit netted 13 of his 14 points in the fourth. Wade Baldwin, Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Antonios Koniaris each scored 10, while Taylor Rochestie dished 12 assists. Thomas Bray and Vladimir Lucic scored 15 points apiece for Bayern, while Greg Monroe amassed 11 points plus 12 rebounds in a losing effort.

The teams started slow on offense, with Lucic scoring 5 points to help the visitors open a 3-9 lead. Bray had a triple for Bayern, but Spanoulis and Baldwin took it to the rim, Printezis fought for a put-back and Baldwin's triple capped the first quarter for 17-14. Early in the second, Brandon Paul had a transition dunk before Baldwin's triple helped open 23-15. Josh Huestis and Monroe scored from close range, before Petteri Koponen hit it from long range to help get Bayern within 27-24. Paul had a runner and a transition triple in a 7-0 run that made it a double-digit margin, 37-26, but Bayern closed the half with a three-point play from Bray and a three-pointer from Huestis to make it 37-32 at halftime. Bayern kept going in the second half, not allowing a single basket for almost 5 minutes, while Lucic and Maodo Lo hit triples, and a jumper by Lucic put the visiting team in front 37-42. Koniaris snapped a 0-16 run with a transition triple, before Lucic and Spanoulis traded threes to make it 43-45. Monroe kept pacing Bayern, but Koniaris scored the last 5 points of the quarter, including a three-pointer, to put the Reds in front 54-53 going into the final period. Rochestie's jumper and Vezenkov's triple-plus-foul extended it to 60-53 in the opening minute of the fourth. Lo hit from long range, but Rubit scored 5 more points and Vezenkov made another three-pointer to extend the gap to 68-56. Koponen struck a three for the visitors, but Rubit and Vezenkov hit back-to-back from downtown to help push the margin to 74-61 with 4:20 to go. The Reds kept its offense rolling, with Rubit and Vezenkov making more triples to break the 20-point barrier before the final buzzer.

Huge fourth quarter

Olympiacos scored 17 points in first and third quarters, and 20 in the second. But then the Reds’ offense exploded in the fourth with 35 points. During those final 10 minutes, Olympiacos went 5-for-5 for two-pointers and 7-for-10 from three-point land, while dishing 13 assists and committing no turnovers.

Vezenkov lights it up

Olympiacos forward Sasha Vezenkov entered the fourth quarter with just 2 points, on 1 of 3 two-point shooting. But in the fourth quarter alone Vezenkov hit 5-for-6 from three-point range, including a four-point play, and finished with a career-high 20 points.

Rochestie shines

Veteran guard Taylor Rochestie is no ordinary player, as a former Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner and a man of more than 400 assists. The 34-year old showcased his court-vision in this one, orchestrating the Olympiacos offense and dishing 12 assists in less than 20 minutes on the floor.

First win with Bartzokas

Georgios Bartzokas returned to the Olympiacos bench earlier this week, and got his first win back with the team he led to the 2014 EuroLeague title. Meanwhile, Bayern's new head coach Oliver Kostic is still waiting for his maiden EuroLeague victory.

Next up

Next week in Round 21, Olympiacos travels to face Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday, while Bayern will be at home to welcome Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv.

Sasha Vezenkov - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB19
Friday, January 17, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; MOGULKOC, EMIN; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD
Attendance: 7121 (Tentative)
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Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 19:36 2 1/1 0/2   2 1 3 12 1       3 1 14
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 24:48 10 2/3 2/5     3 3 3         4   8
3 PAUL, BRANDON 21:32 10 3/3 1/5 1/2   3 3 2 1         4 15
4 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS 1:49         1 1 2               2
6 KONIARIS, ANTONIOS 15:12 10 1/2 2/3 2/2       1   1     2 2 8
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 20:24 6 1/2 1/5 1/1       1   5     2 1 -4
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 22:53 6 2/5   2/2 2 3 5     2   1 2 2 5
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 16:50 20 2/4 5/6 1/1 1 4 5   1         1 24
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 23:10 10 4/7 0/1 2/3 3 3 6 1 2 2 1   1 4 16
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 16:39 1 0/1 0/2 1/2   2 2 1 3 1       1 3
21 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 17:07 14 2/2 2/3 4/6 1 2 3   1   1   1 3 18
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 89 18/30 13/32 14/19 13 23 36 21 9 11 2 1 15 19 113
        60% 40.6% 73.7%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BRAY, THOMAS 21:48 15 3/7 2/5 3/4   4 4 2 1 1     1 3 15
7 KING, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 15:55 8 1/2 2/4           1       2 1 5
10 MONROE, GREG 25:57 11 4/9   3/4 5 7 12 3 2 2   1 2 2 19
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 26:05 15 2/5 3/3 2/2   2 2 5   1   1 1 3 19
12 LO, MAODO 30:20 8 1/3 2/4   1 1 2 5   4     3 2 6
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 23:40 5 1/7 1/1   1 2 3 1 2 2 1   3 1 2
21 FLACCADORI, DIEGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 18:11 5 1/4 1/1   1 2 3 2         3 1 5
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 3:44   0/2               1         -3
34 HUESTIS, JOSHUA 20:23 5 1/2 1/3   1   1 1 1       2 1 4
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 13:57         1   1     2     3 1 -3
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 72 14/41 12/21 8/10 13 18 31 19 7 13 1 2 20 15 72
        34.1% 57.1% 80%
Head coach: KOSTIC, OLIVER

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus

"It was the win we needed. We did it all together. It was a warm atmosphere. Our team has a lot of ups and downs and we need to get back on the winning track, and we need a supportive atmosphere. Usually I never say things about specific players, but Taylor Rochestie had 12 assists in a few minutes. The way he played with an unselfish mentality, he helped us a lot to win the game, and opened up a lot of things. Bayern is a very strong team, a champion in their domestic league, and we needed a very good defensive effort to win this game. Especially in the post-up defense which is the main way for them to create."

"Our defense was solid this time. We did not panic, we phased the game as we wanted. When we found a good percentage from three, we opened up the game. I want to congratulate the players and the fans, we needed to get back on the winning track."

KOSTIC, OLIVER
FC Bayern Munich
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for this win tonight. They had a great run in the last quarter, they had an incredible shooting percentage for the three, which in the end was a huge difference to decide who won the game. I think that for 32-33 minutes we played a very good game, we were very competitive, very good defensively, and found good solutions offensively. But then in the last 5 or 6 minutes we lost physicality and with a short rotation we couldn't finish the game. The first game we played in Munich actually Olympiacos controlled the rhythm of the game almost until the last 3 minutes, but then we turned the game and won. Tonight we had pretty good control for more than 30 minutes, but then Olympiacos got its 6 minutes and won with good shooting and good rebounding, and the game went their way."

Players

VEZENKOV, SASHA
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very difficult game for us, We knew there was no other path for us than to win. I think we played pretty much a good defense. Ok, we scored many shots that we did not hit in previous games, but if you keep opponents to 72 points you have much more possibilities to win rather than allowing 93. We are very happy but we did not do anything, we are still very far away from our goal so we have to keep our heads down and work hard."
RUBIT, AUGUSTINE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We have a new coach, we have new rules. We fought and put it all together. The way we want to finish the season, every game is important, so this is huge for us. I just want to play hard and play my role, and this was one of those games. That is all I want to do, my role."