2017-18Regular SeasonRound 23
February 22, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Spanoulis masterclass leads Olympiacos past Valencia

Olympiacos Piraeus led from start to finish on the back of a Vassilis Spanoulis masterclass to overcome Valencia Basket 80-70, but it was far from easy at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The visiting team twice fought back from double-digit deficits and trailed by just 1 point midway through the final quarter, but every time Olympiacos appeared to be in trouble, Spanoulis came back into the action to spearhead another charge. The 35 year-old combined 25 points with 9 assists, with many of those dishes allowing Nikola Milutinov to register 15 points. Kostas Papanikoalaou also delivered a big performance with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Vangelis Mantzaris added 11 points for the hosts, who have now won seven in a row at home and improved to 16-7 for a share of second place. Valencia, which dropped to 8-15, was paced by 19 points from Fernando San Emeterio, while Erick Green scored 13 against his former team and Will Thomas added 11.

Olympiacos came out of the blocks fast with a couple of dunks by Milutinov, both from Spanoulis assists. The veteran guard then scored 5 points in a row before continuing his electrifying start by finding Papanikalaou for a high-flying alley-oop and a 13-3 lead. Valencia missed its first 7 two-point attempts, but woke up with a pair of baskets from San Emeterio, who had already scored a triple, but another Milutinov dunk and a triple from Papanikalaou made it 22-11 after the first quarter. Then came Valencia’s first fightback, started by an alley-oop and a three-point play from Thomas, continued by a triple from Sergi Garcia and then featuring another pair of baskets from San Emeterio to make it 28-26. Spanoulis produced two more assists, to Ioannis Papapetrou and Papanikalaou, but Green burst into life with back-to-back baskets. Spanoulis made a steal and layup, but Valencia’s strong second quarter continued with a triple from Aaron Doornekamp and concluded with a buzzer-beating coast-to-coast score from Garcia, which made it 40-39 at halftime.

Spanoulis started the second half with a three-pointer, followed by a put-back layup from the eye-catching Papanikalaou and a circus shot layup from Spanoulis to reestablish the home team’s control with an 8-0 charge. Spanoulis fed Milutinov for another dunk and scored a layup either side of another San Emeterio triple. An offensive rebound and layup from Jamel McLean restored Olympiacos’s 10-point lead. Spanoulis dished to Georgios Printezis for a baseline slam and Mantzaris scored from long-range to keep the hosts comfortable, but Green made a long jumper with a foul to keep Valencia hoping, and then beat the third-quarter buzzer to make it 62-55. Alberto Abalde opened the fourth quarter scoring from mid-range, Bojan Dubljevic added free throws and Thomas rolled in a jumper to make it a 1-point game. Olympiacos needed a reaction and inevitably it came with a layup from Spanoulis, before Milutinov added another authoritative dunk as the home team held firm. Valencia kept fighting, but another Spanoulis driving layup made it 70-67 with three minutes left. Spanoulis netted yet again with a reverse layup and then added free throws as Valencia was held without a field goal for five minutes. A jumper from Green got his team closer, but Printezis hit a triple to seal the outcome on his 33rd birthday.

Vassilis Spanoulis 2- Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 7669
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Olympiacos Piraeus22406280
Valencia Basket11395570
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 15:02 2 1/3   0/2 1   1 1   1     2 2 -1
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 11:47 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3 1         2   1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 28:39 25 9/13 1/3 4/4       9 1 1     2 3 29
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 24:51 15 7/8   1/1 1 5 6   2 1     4 2 19
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 11:01   0/1 0/1     1 1   1 1       1  
14 TILLIE, KIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:56 8 2/4 1/4 1/2   8 8 1   1 1   1 3 13
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 31:34 11 4/5 1/3 0/2 3 7 10     2 1   3 1 13
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 26:35 11 2/2 1/4 4/6   4 4 1 1 1     3 3 11
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 13:25 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 2 5
33 WILTJER, KYLE 1:58                         2   -2
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 8:12 2 1/2                     1    
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 28/41 4/18 12/19 6 31 37 14 5 9 2 0 21 17 91
        68.3% 22.2% 63.2%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 28:00 11 4/5 0/3 3/5 1 4 5   2       2 4 14
3 PUERTO, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GARCIA, SERGI 13:21 5 1/2 1/3         2 1     1 3 2 3
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 17:29 7 3/5   1/2   3 3     1     5 2 3
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 24:01 4 1/7 0/1 2/2 1 5 6 2   1     1 2 5
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 7:54 2   0/1 2/2       1 1 1     1 1 2
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 31:01 19 5/10 3/5     3 3 1   1   1   1 15
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 8:37   0/2       2 2 1         2 1  
30 SASTRE, JOAN 19:21 2 1/1 0/1     4 4 1   2     1 2 5
32 GREEN, ERICK 26:34 13 5/10 0/1 3/4       2   1     1 3 9
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 23:42 7 1/2 1/1 2/2 1   1           1 3 9
51 HLINASON, TRYGGVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 70 21/44 5/16 13/17 4 23 27 10 4 9 0 2 17 21 66
        47.7% 31.3% 76.5%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“From the outside we didn’t shoot well, but we scored 80 points and that was the key for our game, good offense. Defensively, except for the second period, we did a great job. In the second half Valencia only scored 31 points, and that was a key.”
VIDORRETA, TXUS
Valencia Basket
“Congratulations to Olympiacos for this win. During the first quarter we started cold, without rhythm on offense and defense, and receiving 8 points in a row in the paint without defending one-on-one, without playing hard, without using fouls. Olympiacos had an 11-point advantage, but from this moment we did a great job to come back, but two turnovers in the last minute of the half meant we were down at halftime. We started the third quarter better when we needed to stay close, and we had a very good reaction to control the rhythm and attack well with open shots and easy layups. We made it close in the last two minutes… But in the end, Spanoulis decided the game with his quality.”

Players

SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“We tried to play good basketball and take the win. It is important to have the best position at the end of the regular season, and we tried to react after missing the Greek Cup. We need to go step by step and improve every day.”
GREEN, ERICK
Valencia Basket
“It was a great game. We kept it close until the end, against a team like that you’ve got to play the full 40 minutes. We’re going to continue to get better and get back on track.”
ABALDE, ALBERTO
Valencia Basket
“We started badly in the first five minutes, but after that we reacted well and started playing harder and more aggressive. We played a good second half, but committed some defensive errors and Spanoulis dominated us. We couldn’t control enough aspects of the game to defeat a top team like Olympiacos.”