2018-19Regular SeasonRound 27
March 19, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos crushes Bayern for season sweep

Facing one of its direct playoff-chasing rivals, Olympiacos Piraeus led from start to finish in defeating, and sweeping, visiting FC Bayern Munich 89-69 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday night. Olympiacos improved to 14-13 on the season, while Bayern lost its third straight game to drop to 12-15 and on the verge of elimination from the playoff race. Zach LeDay finished with 23 points and Nikola Milutinov scored 20 in victory. Briante Weber netted 12 and Georgios Printezis 11 for Olympiacos. Petteri Koponen paced Bayern with 15 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting, while Devin Booker added 13 points in 16 minutes on the floor in defeat.

Behind its stiff defense, and led by Milutinov and Printezis who combined to score 12 points, Olympiacos opened the game with a 14-2 lead. Bayern forced 5 turnovers early on and got transition layups from Danilo Barthel and Booker, which helped cut it to 20-10 after the first quarter. Back-to-back triples from Booker and Koponen drew the visitors within 20-16, but Milutinov snapped a 2-10 run from close range and at the same time sparked a run during which LeDay got going. He battled for a layup to open a 32-16 lead. Koponen snapped a 12-0 run with a triple and then added another one to help make it 34-24. LeDay scored more from close range, before Weber scored 7 points, including a three-pointer. Kostas Papanikolaou followed with a triple of his own as the Reds built a 50-31 margin to go into halftime. Weber opened the third quarter with another three-pointer to push the margin to 22 points, but Booker scored from close range and Koponen twice more from long range to cut the deficit to 57-44 midway through the third quarter. However, the hosts scored 7 unanswered points in less than 55 seconds as a part of 14-0 run that made it 71-44 and all but sealed the deal late in the third quarter. Olympiacos had no problems keeping the visitors at bay. Vladimir Lucic, Booker and Nihad Dedovic with a three-pointer brought Bayern as close as 77-62 midway through the fourth quarter before Papanikolaou and Milutinov put the finishing touches on the victory

No answers inside

Olympiacos outrebounded Bayern 44-23, and dominated inside, especially in the first half. Olympiacos scored all 20 of its first-quarter points from the paint, hitting 10 two-pointers on 17 attempts, and went on to score 38 of its first 40 points from two-point range. Especially dominant were Nikola Milutinov, who shot 9 for 10 on two-pointers for the night and Zach LeDay, who was 9 for 14 for two-pointers.

Pivotal performers

In the absence of guards Vassilis Spanoulis and Janis Strelnieks, it was Briante Weber and Kostas Papanikolaou who played the key roles in getting the Olympiacos offense going. Weber scored 12 points, along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Papanikolaou had 5 points, 10 rebounds and tied his career-high with 6 assists.

Three big runs

Olympiacos had a 10-0 run at the start of the game to open a 14-2 lead and used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to open a 32-16 margin. Finally, in the fourth quarter, a 14-0 run blew the game wide open, making it 71-44.

First impression

Aleksej Pokusevski made his competition debut with 51 seconds to go. The 17-year old made a free throw with 0.3 seconds left for his first Turkish Airlines EuroLeague career point. He also managed 2 rebounds and 1 assist in that short period of time.

Next game

Both teams play again on Thursday in this last two-round week of the season. Bayern will host FC Barcelona Lassa, while Olympiacos travels to face Herbalife Gran Canaria.

Nikola Milutinov - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB18
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 5000 (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
2 WEBER, BRIANTE 26:22 12 3/7 2/3 0/1 3 5 8 4 1 2   2 4 1 12
3 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL 23:19 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   1 1 3 1 2   1 1 1 6
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 8:59 3   1/2     1 1 1 1 1         4
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 26:41 20 9/10   2/4 2 4 6 2   4     3 5 23
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 13:37   0/1 0/1   1 2 3   1 2     2   -2
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 25:18 11 5/9 0/2 1/1 1 4 5 3 1 1     2 4 15
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 26:24 5 1/1 1/3   1 8 9 6   1     3   14
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 21:19 8   2/4 2/3 1 3 4 2 1 1     1 3 13
20 POKUSEVSKI, ALEKSEJ 0:51 1   0/1 1/2 1 1 2 1           1 3
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 6:48   0/2             1       1   -2
32 LEDAY, ZACH 20:22 23 9/14 0/1 5/6 2 2 4   1         3 24
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 89 29/47 6/18 13/19 12 32 44 22 8 15 0 3 17 18 110
        61.7% 33.3% 68.4%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
1 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 19:40 2 1/1 0/1 0/1   2 2 1         2 3 4
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 1:55                   1     2   -3
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 14:33 15 0/2 5/6     1 1 1   1     1   12
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 16:06 2 1/5       3 3   1   1   1   2
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 23:28 6 2/3 0/2 2/2   1 1 1 1   1   2 4 9
12 LO, MAODO 19:23 2 1/5     1 1 2 1 3 4 1   1 1 1
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 22:14 10 2/3 2/6     1 1 3 2 1     2 2 10
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 3:13 6   2/3                       5
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 15:34 1 0/2   1/4 1 3 4 9   1     1 3 10
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 24:47 7 3/5 0/1 1/2   4 4   2 1     2 1 7
23 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 22:41 5 2/4 0/3 1/2 1 1 2           4 2 -1
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 16:26 13 5/7 1/2   1 2 3   1 1     1 1 13
Team                     2         -2
Totals 200:00 69 17/37 10/24 5/11 4 19 23 16 10 12 3 0 19 17 67
        45.9% 41.7% 45.5%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I think mentally the guys just made a commitment to play aggressively and to play a full 40-minute game at the same pace. At moments we had trouble because they are a good team, but I really thought the guys answered their call and understood the situation. When you are missing a couple of main players like we are, others guys got to step up and do things, and they did... I think in general the best thing to do is to approach each game without the long-term goal in mind. Just to play the game in front of you and play the game, not the occasion. Today there was every reason to be under great pressure because if you don’t win today's game, you don't qualify for the playoffs. But you can't play it that way. You got to play the game the right way, play with all your heart and all your mind and focus on the things that make you successful. And I thought the guys did a great job of doing that today."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
FC Bayern Munich
"Congratulations to Olympiacos on the win. In the first half, we played very very bad defense. Inside, outside, boxing out. Everything. They had 44 rebounds. After the first half, the game was already over.Olympiacos controlled the game. I hope very much that we will play better in our next match on Thursday in Munich against Barcelona."

Players

MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I knew how important this game was for us. I just tried to give my everything. We were down, we played bad lately, and we needed this win, especially without two players that are really important for this team. But others who played needed to step up, and I think we did a great job. I think all 11 players played great today and I am just happy that we won."
KOPONEN, PETTERI
FC Bayern Munich
"We played badly from the beginning and were early 10, 15 points back, Then of course, especially on the road, it is hard to come back. We have to keep fighting and do better. Of course, we are down and disappointed right now. We did not play well and we must try to change that as soon as possible. There are still some games, first in the EuroLeague, but also in the German League. We still have many goals and we have to work hard now."