2016-17Regular SeasonRound 27
March 22, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 KOMBANK ARENA

Printezis heroics topple Zvezda in overtime

Georgios Printezis sank a nerveless and trademark game winner with 3 seconds remaining in overtime to give Olympiacos Piraeus a 64-66 victory – and home-court advantage in the playoffs – over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in a packed Kombank Arena. As expected between two of the competition’s best defences, it was a low-scoring encounter. But it was also absolutely enthralling as Olympiacos dominated early, restricting Zvezda to just 17 points in the first half. The home team roared back with an 18-0 run over the course of seven minutes, but Olympiacos responded and then the teams could not be separated until Printezis’s jumper settled it. Kostas Papanikolaou led the winning team with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Dimitrios Agravanis added 16 and Printezis netted 15. Marko Guduric (14 points) and Charles Jenkins (13) paced Zvezda.

Olympiacos flexed its muscles as Papanikolaou scored 5 early points. Jenkins responded with 4 for the hosts, but Zvezda couldn’t get going on offense and Erick Green scored 4 consecutive points to make it 9-17 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was a similar story, with Olympiacos’s remarkable defensive efforts forcing Zvezda into a series of tough shots and turnovers, and a triple from Agravanis capped a 0-7 run to make it 11-24. Jenkins helped narrow the deficit, but Olympiacos finished the quarter strong to take a 17-30 halftime lead. Ognjen Kuzmic scored 4 points early in the second half and Nate Wolters sank a long triple to make it 28-32, but Olympiacos responded through a triple and layup from Papanikolaou to re-establish its double digit lead. Then came the turning point, as consecutive triples from Guduric, Marko Simonovic and Nemanja Dangubic reduced the deficit to just 1 and Simonovic capped a stirring 11-0 run to give Zvezda its first lead in the final ticks of the third quarter. The fourth started with Guduric sinking another triple as the atmosphere in the already-electric Kombank Arena turned up another few notches. Milko Bjelica’s hustle layup made it 50-42, and Olympiacos was held scoreless for more than seven minutes before Agravanis stopped the rot with a triple. Jenkins immediately responded with his own three-pointer and Zvezda led 53-45 midway through the fourth. But Agravanis hit another triple and then converted a foul plus one to make it a 2-point game. After Papanikolaou’s foul shots tied it, Guduric and Printezis traded big triples and Vangelis Mantzaris missed a tough triple on the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The extra period contained mainly free throws, along with Papanikolaou and Simonovic driving hard for tough two-pointers, and it was tied until the final seconds when Printezis did what Printezis always seems to do.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB16
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 18170
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade9826156
Olympiacos Piraeus171312168
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade917435864
Olympiacos Piraeus1730425866
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WOLTERS, NATE 16:38 7 2/3 1/2     3 3 1   3     2 3 7
2 THOMPSON, DEON 15:30 1 0/2   1/2   1 1           3 1 -3
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 21:45 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 1 1 2     2 2 4
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 11:30 1   0/1 1/2 2   2     3     2 1 -3
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 25:26 2 1/2   0/2   4 4   1 1     3 3 3
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 33:30 9 3/5 1/4   2 4 6     1     3 1 7
20 RAKICEVIC, PETAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 37:12 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 1 5 6 1 1 1     2 2 16
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 33:59 14 1/6 3/8 3/4   2 2 3   3     4 5 6
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 17:42 8 4/10     3 5 8     1     1 1 9
51 BJELICA, MILKO 11:48 4 2/5 0/1   1 1 2 1 1       3 1 2
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 225:00 64 18/42 7/20 7/12 13 29 42 7 4 15 0 0 25 20 55
        42.9% 35% 58.3%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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 Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GREEN, ERICK 26:39 8 3/5 0/6 2/2   3 3 3 1         2 9
2 BIRCH, KHEM 8:26 2 1/2       2 2 1 1       1   4
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 10:56 1 0/1   1/2   1 1     1     1 2  
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 14:36     0/2     1 1           2 1 -2
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 16:24     0/3   1   1 2 1 4     1 2 -2
9 WATERS, DOMINIC 12:34 2 1/1 0/1     1 1   1 2     3   -2
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 20:40 16 2/3 3/5 3/3 1 2 3           4 3 15
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 18:15   0/1   0/2 1 3 4           3 3 1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:10 15 3/8 2/3 3/6 1 2 3 2   1       6 16
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 37:34 17 4/6 2/4 3/3 1 8 9 1 2 1     1 3 26
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 32:46 5   1/7 2/2   2 2 5 2 2     4 3 5
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 225:00 66 14/27 8/31 14/20 8 27 35 14 8 13 0 0 20 25 73
        51.9% 25.8% 70%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"From the start Olympiacos was completely motivated and played hard. Our defense was good, but we allowed some easy points. In the second half we responded and played much smarter on offense, which allowed us to come back, but Olympiacos is a very good team. We also have a problem with injured players in our rotation, and we lost a lot of energy at the end of the match, so we’ll see what happens for the next match in 48 hours."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I want to congratulate the fans of Red Star for the great atmosphere they have here. The two teams fought for the result, but they have a great relationship and this is an example of how fans should be. It’s great for the sport of basketball. We respect Zvezda and their fans a lot. I think our first half was one of our best defensive halves this year. We defended really well and covered all their options. Later Agravanis scored 9 points in a row and he was crucial for us. It was an open game in overtime, and in the last offense we were focused, we spread the floor and opened the lanes, and found Printezis to win the game. This is a big win for us because we showed character against a good team, and we are very happy to have home-court advantage, especially as we were without Lojeski and Spanoulis was sick all week. All the best to Zvezda for the rest of the season."