2017-18Regular SeasonRound 7
November 15, 2017 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Reds down champs in an overtime thriller

In a rematch of last season’s Turkish Airlines Championship Game, a thrilling clash that went into overtime, visiting Olympiacos Piraeus prevailed over reigning champion Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 83-90 on Wednesday night. Olympiacos improved to 5-2, while Fenerbahce dropped to 4-3 after a game in which each team held a double-digit lead. Fenerbahce led by 13 early in the third quarter, but a 4-20 charge during which Brian Roberts hit 4 triples without a miss put Olympiacos in front. The hosts never led again, but did rally from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. However, Georgios Printezis strung together 6 points in the extra minutes to lift the Reds to victory. Roberts scored 21, and Printezis had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Reds. Janis Strelnieks added 16 points, while Nikola Milutnov contributed with 10 points in victory. James Nunnally netted 22 points in defeat. Brad Wanamaker had 15, Kostas Sloukas scored 13 and Nicolo Melli 11 for Fenerbahce.

Jan Vesely had a pair of layups, and Luigi Datome and Nicolo Melli connected from behind the arc to give Fenerbahce an early 10-5 lead. Olympiacos turned things around going through its front court. Nikola Milutinov scored from close range, and Printezis found different ways to score inside, putting up 10 first-quarter points as the visitors opened a 14-18 lead. Sloukas hit a jumper to close the deficit to 17-18 at the end of first, and Melli and Nunnally combined to put Fenerbahce in front 24-18 early in the second quarter. Fenerbahce defense, with an occasional full-court press, started to dominate. Roberts did snap a 10-0 run with his first triple, but Nunnally answered with a three of his own, as the hosts opened a 31-23 margin. The Reds did have an answer, as Strelnieks hit from long range and Jamel McLean had a big put-back dunk, as Olympiacos got within 31-30 and prompted Coach Zeljko Obradovic to call a timeout. It led to Fenerbahce stepping it up on defense and not allowing a single point in the final three minutes of the half. Meanwhile, Datome had a three-point play, and a steal that sent Nunnally to an easy breakaway dunk, as Fenerbahce took a 40-30 advantage into halftime.

Fenerbahce extended the lead to 13 points with a wide-open three-pointer from Wanamaker, but Roberts got hot. He nailed a pair of triples and then added his third consecutive triple to cut the deficit to 49-45. Sloukas made a baseline floater, but that turned out to be the only Fenerbahce field goal in the final 7:35 of third quarter. Hollis Thompson spun his way to the basket, then hit a three-pointer that put the Reds in front 51-52. The fourth triple in the quarter by Roberts gave Olympiacos a 53-57 at the end of the third quarter. Sloukas opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, but McLean had a three-point play and then muscled his way for a basket inside that made it 56-62. A tough runner off the glass by Roberts, a triple from Strelnieks and a Kostas Papanikolaou put-back of a loose ball opened 60-71 visitors’ lead. Nunnally answered with a three-pointer and after a Milutinov dunk, Nunnally hit another one from downtown. Wanamaker added a transition triple, too, getting within 69-73 with 1:45 to go in the fourth. Despite Milutinov adding another easy dunk, in the final 48 seconds of regulation, Sloukas, Datome and Vesely each hit a pair of free throws to tie things at 75-75. Roberts had the last shot, but missed it and the game went into overtime.

In the extra session, Roberts and Wanamaker traded quick baskets, before Papanikolaou inside and Stelnieks with a baseline jumper made it 77-81. Wanamaker made free throws, but Printezis scored inside, then made back-to-back put-backs to open a 79-87 lead. A Strelnieks triple on the ensuing possession sealed the outcome.

Brian Roberts - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 12928 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul172313228
Olympiacos Piraeus1812271815
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul1740537583
Olympiacos Piraeus1830577590
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 THOMPSON, JASON 11:27 2 1/2     1 2 3 1   2     4 2 1
4 MELLI, NICOLO 35:56 11 2/5 1/2 4/5 1 2 3 1 1   2     3 16
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 30:28 15 3/5 2/6 3/4 1   1 3 1 2     4 4 11
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 33:20 13 3/8 1/3 4/4 1   1 2   5       4 8
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 33:28 22 5/6 3/7 3/4 1 3 4 4 1 3       2 24
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 14:17 4 2/3     1 1 2 2 2 1     3 1 6
24 VESELY, JAN 35:14 8 2/4   4/4 1 1 2   2 2     4 3 7
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
70 DATOME, LUIGI 30:50 8 1/5 1/4 3/3 1 1 2 4   1 2 1 2 4 9
Team           3 5 8     1         7
Totals 225:00 83 19/38 8/22 21/24 11 15 26 17 7 17 4 1 17 23 89
        50% 36.4% 87.5%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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 MCLEAN, JAMEL 15:31 9 4/6   1/1 3   3 1   1   1 2 4 11
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 16:02   0/2                     2 1 -3
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 3:34   0/1                         -1
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 29:02 10 5/6     2 3 5 3 2 2     3 2 16
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 32:32 16 1/2 4/7 2/2   1 1 4 2 5   1 2 1 12
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 32:31 18 8/10 0/3 2/4 5 2 7 3         4 2 19
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 33:05 7 3/4 0/3 1/2 2 3 5 6 4 3 1 1 1 3 16
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 14:42     0/2   1 1 2 1 1 2     1   -1
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 29:13 21 3/8 5/7     4 4 2 1 2   1 4 3 17
33 WILTJER, KYLE 2:38           1 1     1     2   -2
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 16:10 9 2/2 1/3 2/2   4 4   1       3 1 10
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 225:00 90 26/41 10/25 8/11 14 21 35 20 11 18 1 4 24 17 95
        63.4% 40% 72.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
“We expected one very tough and very difficult game. And the game was more or less similar to the games we lost until now. The main problem is turnovers. In the first half it was 10 turnovers, in the second half and overtime, a little less, seven. I believe that was the key of the game, together with their offensive rebounds. As you watched, there were two different parts of the game. About our aggressivness in the third quarter, the result said everything: 13-27. But we found the way to come back in the game. I must say that players tried to do everything, and we managed to get into overtime. Thanks to the fans for a great support, and congratulations to Olympiacos on their victory, and to my players for everything they tried to do tonight.”
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“I want to congratulate my players on this win for a lot of reasons. Of course, we beat the reigning EuroLeague champions in on the road, but also because of the way we reacted after a bad game we had last week on our home floor. It is always very hard to play here against a great team with a great coach. In the first half it was 31-30 with 2 minutes before halftime, and Fener is so good they were able to build a 10-point lead, which is how first half finished. During halftime we said we need to improve our defense, not to let them score easy points, and on the other side to be more aggressive on offense. I think it was important how we started the third quarter, and how the players responded to what was said at halftime. We started playing better on defense, we got some stops, and from that we got a rhythm on offense and hit very important shots from the outside. In the fourth quarter, we had a small lead and thought it could be enough to win the game, but unfortunately, two or three bad offenses at the end of regulation gave our opponents a chance to get back. Despite having the last shot, the game went into overtime. It was important during the break before the overtime that we kept our faith to win the game, even though Fenerbahce was the one that tied the game. We kept playing the same way, had good stops, good defense, and on offense showed patience and found the best options to shoot. I think we deserved the win, because after the halftime we showed a different face, although even the first half was not bad. I spoke to the players after the game, and I told them we need to continue, because this is a marathon, the EuroLeague is very difficult. We need to isolate every game, fight for every game, and we will see in the end what will happen. We also need to forget this game, and move on to the next one.”

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a great game for everybody. We had a great reaction after the two losses we had. It was important for us that we stayed focused until the last second. We never gave up. It looked as a game we could have won much easier, but went into overtime where we showed character. And it is a very good win for us."