2009-10Regular SeasonRound 9
January 07, 2010 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Josh Childress - OlympiacosFates took different directions after overtime in Group B on Thursday as Olympiacos outgunned Efes Pilsen 85-93 in a thriller on the road in Istanbul. The win pushed Olympiacos a step closer to becoming group champ at 7-2, while Efes dropped to 3-6 and no longer depends on itself to make the Top 16. Olympiacos dominated during most of the game and a 0-12 in the last period seemed to seal the deal. But a stellar Charles Smith brought Efes back to life as regulation ended with a 76-76 tie. In the extra session however, triples by new arrival Scoonie Penn and Josh Childress lifted the Reds to clear victory. Childress led all scorers with his 23 points, and 5 rebounds, Milos Teodosic added 17 and Linas Kleiza helped with 16 and 9 boards for the winners. For Efes, Smith had 18 points, all in the second half. Kaya Peker also added 18 plus 7 boards, Preston Shumpert chipped in with 15 and Dan Santiago had 12.

Kleiza appeared at the wing for the game's first three-pointer and Yotam Halperin soon added a layup in transition for a quick 0-5 Olympiacos lead. Peker's putback of an offensive rebound got Efes on the scoreboard, and he soon made it 4-7 on a great move in the low post. However, the Efes defense let Kleiza loose again, this time for a three-point play that kept the Reds safely ahead. Peker kept Efes in the game for the moment, but some pyrotechnics by Childress on the baseline made it 6-12 for Olympiacos. Shumpert finally hit th first Efes three-pointer, from the corner, but otherwise turnovers by the hosts allowed Olympiacos easy fastbreak baskets. When the Reds played half-court offense, however, Efes held steady, eventually allowing Kerem Tunceri to score and make it a one-point game, 13-14. Panagiotis Vasilopoulos and Shumpert traded triples now, but Kleiza soon climbed the baseline to slam the ball for his tenth point. Shumpert struck back from the arc to tie the game for the first time, 19-19, and when Daniel Santiago slammed again, Efes had its first lead to end the quarter 21-19 as the fans went wild in the stands.

Loukas Mavrokefalides dunked on the break to open the second quarter for Olympiacos with another tie. The Efes defense otherwise concentrated on double-teaming the low post to force Olympiacos' big men to the fouline line, where the guests were just 2 of 8 on free throws until then. Santiago's impact on the game was being noticed on both ends. On offense, his three-point kept Efes ahead, but only until Vasilopoulos drop-stepped to an open layup and a 24-24 tie. Efes was improving its efficiency from the arc by the minute as Bootsy Thornton hit a new triple and Sinan Guler added a jumper for the hosts' biggest lead so far, 29-24. Childress answered from downtown to send a message from Olympiacos, but both defenses were now working at their max, and neither team was finding easy baskets anymore. Halperin ended the trend for the Reds to tie the game again, then Klieza's 2 for 2 free throws put the guests ahead one more time. On the other end Peker fought against all elements to keep Efes in rhythm, but Olympiacos used long passes now for open shots as Patrick Beverley's free throws ended a 2-12 Olympiacos run with the Reds up suddenly by 35-41 at halftime.

Peker opened the second half scoring for Efes before Smith stole and slammed to trim the gap to 39-41. Teodosic brought the Reds back to life and Kleiza added a low-post basket that restored a six-point lead. Smith and Teodosic shared offensive duties for their teams now, the latter with a four-point play that kept the guests ahead 44-51. Peker replied with a long jumper and Smith repeated his steal-and-slam routine to keep Efes close. Smith scored again to make it a one-point game, 52-53, but Ioannis Bouroussis stepped up to stop the bleeding for Olympiacos from the low post. Mario Kasun's free throw meant the only point in the quarter by an Efes player other than Peker or Smith, but an alley-oop finish by Vasilopoulos allowed Olympiacos to lead 53-58 after 30 minutes.

Charles Smith - Efes PilsenSmith, on fire, opened the last quarter with consecutive baskets to pull Efes within 57-58. Childress found free throws for Olympiacos, but Santiago matched those, put back and offensive rebond and the foul shot that came with it to let Efes go ahead again, 62-59. Mavrokefalides and Santiago traded baskets as Efes entered foul trouble with four each for Smith, Shumpert and Peker. Olympiacos struggled at the free throw line while Smith kept Efes in front by 66-61 with 6 minutes to go. Just as suddenly, Olympiacos turned things around as a Childress sparked a 0-8 run that zoomed the Reds into the lead, 66-69, on Nikola Vujcic's layup. And the visitors weren't finished. After Teodosic hit free throws, Kleiza's offensive board allowed Vujcic to increase the run to 0-12. Shumpert ended the Efes drought with a heroic three-pointer from the corner, and when Smith did the same, the crowd went wild as the scoreboard showed 72-73. Teodosic answered with a triple for the Reds before Tunceri fed Peker for a 74-76 score going into the last minute. Again it was Peker, this time on a tip-in, who tied the score with 30 seconds left. Each team missed a chance after that, however, sending the game to overtime.

Peker - who else? - opened the scoring in overtime but on the following play committed his fifth foul, which was bad news for Efes. Teodosic came to the rescue for the Reds, hitting a huge eight-meter three-pointer to tie, then feeding Bouroussis for a new Olympiacos lead, 80-82. An Efes turnover allowed Childress an easy layup at 80-84. Shumpert and Penn traded triples before Childress, with less than 1 minute to go, blasted a new corner triple that veritably sealed the outcome, 83-90. Free throws by Vasilopoulos preserved the victory for the Reds, who continue to seek first place while Efes fights for survival.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 11000
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Efes Pilsen211418239
Olympiacos1922171817
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Efes Pilsen2135537685
Olympiacos1941587693
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KASUN, MARIO 23:04 7 3/8   1/2 3 4 7 1   1   1 2 2 7
7 SMITH, CHARLES 33:28 18 6/10 2/7 0/1 1 4 5 2 4 1     4 2 16
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 13:21 2 0/2 0/3 2/2   3 3     2       2  
9 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 27:06 15 0/2 5/7   1 2 3 1       1 4   10
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 41:29 4 1/2 0/6 2/2   1 1 8 1 3     2 3 5
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 26:31 5 1/2 1/5     2 2 2 2 1     3 2 4
14 PEKER, KAYA 30:07 18 9/12   0/2 2 5 7 1 3 3 1 1 5 1 17
21 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 9:19 2 1/2                 1   2 1 1
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 17:00 12 4/6   4/4 1 2 3 1   1 3   2 4 18
32 GULER, SINAN 3:35 2 1/1       1 1     1     1   1
33 ARSLAN, ENDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 225:00 85 26/47 8/28 9/13 10 26 36 16 10 13 5 3 25 17 83
        55.3% 28.6% 69.2%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PENN, SCOONIE 13:08 3 0/2 1/2   1   1   2 2     2 1  
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 40:12 23 7/12 2/3 3/7   5 5 3 1 2 1 2 2 6 23
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 19:42 8 4/7   0/2 1 1 2 2     2   1 1 9
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 15:03 5 2/5   1/2 1 5 6     2   1 1 1 4
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 23:18 4 2/2 0/1   1 3 4 2   3     2 1 5
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 37:24 16 5/8 1/6 3/3 3 6 9 1 1       1 3 21
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 7:40 5 2/3   1/4 1   1 1 1     1 2 3 4
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 16:29 8 2/2 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 2   3     1 1 8
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 1:26 2     2/2   2 2             1 5
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 41:07 17 2/4 3/4 4/5   4 4 12 3 1     3 6 34
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 9:31 2 1/3   0/2 1 2 3 1   2   1 2 1 -2
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 225:00 93 27/48 8/18 15/29 12 31 43 24 8 15 3 5 17 25 114
        56.3% 44.4% 51.7%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Efes Pilsen
"In situations like this, it’s not easy to speak. My players did everything they could in the game. We couldn’t score the last ball before overtime. This is basketball and sometimes you need luck on your side. But it was against us once again tonight. Unfortunately we lost a very critical game tonight. It was the fourth critical loss and the second loss in overtime. Now, the chance to qualify is not in our hands. We will try to beat Entente Orleanaise on the road and will be waiting for a possible Unicaja win in Rytas."
GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"I think the fans enjoyed tonight's game. Before the game, we knew that Efes Pilsen would put high pressure on us. Starting from the first minute, they did everything to win. They played very well, in my opinion the best game of the season. They are a very dangerous team offensively. In the game, until the end of the third period, we did everything we planned before the game. But in the last minutes of the third period, Efes Pilsen started playing well. They came back and they couldn’t use the last ball and the overtime started. In the overtime we played smart and won the game. Next week I hope Efes beat Orleans and I hope they qualify."

Players

PEKER, KAYA
Efes Pilsen
"We are really very sorry. Honestly to say, we never expected to lose this game. We challanged really well but we lost once again in overtime. Olympiacos is a very experienced team and they play the game very quick. Now we have lost the chance from our hands. And we need the luck in the last week on our side, which we didn’t have this season before. We have the potential to be in the Top 16 but we weren’t able to make the last moves in the games until that moment. We hope to win against Entente and will be wait for a victory of Unicaja in the last week."
TEODOSIC, MILOS
Olympiacos
"We told each other before the game that it’s not only enough to win this kind of critical games with individual offensive performances. This is why we had the toughness in the crucial moments of the game against Efes Pilsen as a team. I just realised at the end of the game that I did good job in the second half and in the overtime minutes. But the whole team made a great effort and showed the toughness in the game to win. This is much more important than the indivudual performances. Now we guarantee the first place in the group and it’s nice to finish the first stage on top of the group."
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