Strelnieks shines late for Olympiacos in Munich
Olympiacos Piraeus ended its three-game losing streak with a 62-72 victory over FC Bayern Munich at Audi Dome on Tuesday. Olympiacos improved to 4-4 in the standings, while Bayern dropped to 3-5. Zach LeDay led the winners with 12 points, Nikola Milutinov added 11 and Janis Strelnieks, Georgios Printezis and Janis Timma each scored 10 for Olympiacos. Derrick Williams and Vladimir Lucic led Bayern with 15 points apiece.
Printezis and Kostas Papanikolaou shined early to give Olympiacos a 4-10 lead. Bayern found a go-to guy in Williams, who scored all the points in a 6-0 run, but a triple by Vassilis Spanoulis tied the game at 15-15 after 10 minutes. LeDay and Petteri Koponen exchanged three-pointers early in the second quarter and a jump hook by Milutinov gave Olympiacos an 18-20 edge. Braydon Hobbs and Williams stepped up for Bayern and free throws by Lucic made it a 3-point game. Milutinov and Printezis fueled a 0-7 run that Timma capped with a triple for a 27-31 Olympiacos edge at halftime. An outstanding Milutinov kept Olympiacos ahead, 33-38, after the break. Lucic and Danilo Barthel each dunked in a 6-0 run that saw Bayern regain the lead, 39-38. Free throws by LeDay and Sasha Vezenkov put Olympiacos back in charge, 43-45, after 30 minutes. Consecutive dunks by Williams made it 49-50. Back-to-back baskets by Strelnieks ignited a 0-6 run that boosted the guests' margin to 48-56 with six minutes left. Strelnieks took over with a layup-plus-foul and fed Spanoulis for a three-pointer that caused Bayern to call timeout at 53-62. Nothing changed after that, as Spanoulis and Strelnieks kept pacing Olympiacos until the final buzzer.
LeDay came off the bench to post his first career double-double, finishing the game with 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
With the game on the line, 49-50, Strelnieks - who had been scoreless until that point - followed a layup with a jumper, soon added a three-point play and after that found Spanoulis for a triple that allowed Olympiacos to break the game open, 53-62.
Olympiacos held Bayern to very low shooting percentages – 42.0% inside the arc and 15.8% from downtown, both season-lows for the German champs. It tied Bayern's lowest three-point percentage in the EuroLeague - it hit 3 of 19 against Partizan NIS Belgrade on March 6, 2014, just like this game.
Did you notice?
Milutinov made his first EuroLeague career three-point shot. It was only his second attempt from downtown in 120 career games - and he is now 1 for 1 this season! He scored it with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action on Thursday; Olympiacos hosts Real Madrid in a rematch of the 1995, 2013 and 2015 EuroLeague championship games. Bayern visits Herbalife Gran Canaria.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018