Quarterfinal analysis: Olympiacos vs. Asseco Prokom

Mar 16, 2010 by Euroleague.net Print
Olympiacos
In a classic matchup between a Euroleague powerhouse and a the new kid on the block, Olympiacos Piraeus aims to return to the Final Four for the second year in a row at the expense of Asseco Prokom Gdynia, which checks into the Quarterfinal Playoffs for the first time in club history. The series marks the second year in a row that the two clubs met after the Reds swept the Polish champs in the Top 16 last season by an average margin of 19 points. But Prokom is a far more confident team this season, in part thanks to a breakout campaign from forward Qyntel Woods, who made his Euroleague debut three seasons ago with Olympiacos. A key to the series is the home-court advantage, since Olympiacos boasts a 13-game winning streak at its home floor, the Peace and Friendship Stadium, where Games 1, 2 and if necessary, 5, will all take place.
Game 1, Olympiacos 83-79 Asseco Prokom
Game 2, Olympiacos 90-73 Asseco Prokom
Game 3, Asseco Prokom 81-78 Olympiacos
Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Yotam Halperin - Olympiacos
Although he's just 26 years old, two-time Euroleague champion Yotam Halperin of Olympiacos has all the experience of a true veteran. From his start as a teenage backup to Maccabi Tel Aviv's stars, through a wisely-chosen detour to Union Olimpija, then back to his boyhood club to become an All-Euroleague selection, Halperin has kept growing and succeeding. Now, in his second season at Piraeus, Halperin has staked his claim in the starting lineup and is intent on joining the Reds on a second consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Panagiotis Giannakis
Panagiotis Giannakis
Olympiacos Head Coach
Tomas Pacesas
Tomas Pacesas
Asseco Head Coach
Ratko Varda - Asseco Prokom
Asseco Prokom Gdynia has surprised a lot of people with its history-making run as the first Polish team to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs, One of the reasons why Prokom improved so much in the Top 16 in order to reach the playoffs was the arrival of center Ratko Varda, who balanced the team in many ways. Varda provided Prokom experience and a low-post presence that allowed Ronnie Burrell and Jan Jagla to open the court with their outside shooting.
STATS BY POSITION
POINT GUARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
12.8
2.4
4.5
1.6
Milos Teodosic
Daniel Ewing
10.4
1.9
2.9
1.1
6.3
2.1
6.2
1.4
Theo Papaloukas
Junior Harrington
1.8
1.5
1.4
1.3
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
7.0
1.0
1.1
0.7
Yotam Halperin
David Logan
16.1
2.8
3.4
1.3
14.7
4.4
2.1
0.8
Josh Childress
Qyntel Woods
16.3
5.5
2.6
1.1
4.1
2.3
0.9
0.5
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Piotr Szczokta
0.4
0.6
0.2
0.3
3.2
2.0
0.6
0.7
Patrick Beverley
Przemyslaw Zamojski
3.3
0.8
0.2
0.3
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
16.9
6.8
1.5
0.6
Linas Kleiza
Ronnie Burrell
8.7
5.4
1.1
0.9
7.3
2.3
0.7
0.5
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Ratko Varda
10.8
5.4
1.4
0.6
10.4
5.1
0.9
1.0
Ioannis Bourousis
Jan Jagla
7.0
4.0
0.7
0.6
8.8
3.5
1.9
0.5
Nikola Vujcic
Adam Hrycaniuk
3.6
3.9
0.1
0.7