2010-11Top 16Round 5
February 24, 2011 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 SINAN ERDEM DOME
Theo Papaloukas - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB10

Olympiacos downed Fenerbahce Ulker 65-80

In an intense battle between Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, Olympiacos clinched a Quarterfinal Playoffs spot and became the Top 16 Group H champion by downing Fenerbahce Ulker 65-80 in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday night. Olympiacos improved to 4-1 and overcame its 14-point loss against Fener in Top 16 Game 1 to win Group H, getting the home court advantage in the upcoming Quarterfinal Playoffs. Fener dropped to 3-2 and faces a do-or-die battle against Power Electronics in Valencia, Spain next week. Fener will advance to the playoffs if it wins or if it loses by up to 2 points. Zoran Erceg paced the winners with 21 points. Rasho Nesterovic and Loukas Mavrokefalidis each added 16, Vassilis Spanoulis had 12 but Theo Papaloukas became the game hero by sinking the tie-break winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Roko Ukic led Fener with 14 points. Tarence Kinsey added 12 for the hosts, that led 49-37 midway through the third quarter. An outstanding Mavrokefalidis and Nesterovic fueled a 6-25 run that allowed Olympiacos to get the lead for good, 55-64. Spanoulis, Nesterovic and a buzzer-beating triple off the glass by Papaloukas allowed the Reds to get back home as the Group H champion.

Erceg got Olympiacos going with a three-pointer, as Olympiacos tried to open the floor with him and Mavrokefalidis in its starting five. Ukic scored in penetration but Vassilis Spanoulis bettered that with a layup-plus-foul for a 2-6 Olympiacos lead. Kinsey nailed a stop-and-pop jumper and soon added a fast break layup to tie it at 6-6. Erceg struck again from downtown and Mavrokefalidis scored down low to restore a 6-11 Olympiacos edge. Fenerbahce improved its defense to deny the pick-and-pop in the high post but Mavrokefalidis hit a close shot in the low post. Darjus Lavrinovic made free throws that Andreas Glyniakadis matched with a layup but a three-pointer by Sarunas Jasikevicius got Fener within 11-15. Marko Tomas joined the three-point shootout but Erceg buried his third triple to give the Reds some fresh air, 14-18. Spanoulis nailed a five-meter shot that Emir Preldzic matched off a timeout. Free throws by Tomas brought the hosts within 18-20 after 10 minutes.

Jasikevicius hit foul shots early in the second quarter but Spanoulis took over again with an off-balance three-point play. Preldzic sent the crowd to their feet with a big triple but a put-back dunk by Nesterovic kept Olympiacos ahead, 23-25. Oguz Savas sank a four-meter jumper, as Fener tried to run its offense through Ukic, back on the floor and now guarded by Jamon Gordon. Tomas split free throws but Mavrokefalidis soon put Olympiacos back ahead, 26-27. Savas found space for an easy layup, as Olympiacos tried to play more aggressive with Michalis Pelekanos at small forward. Nesterovic kept pacing the Reds with a put-back basket and soon silenced the crowd with a dunk. Fener lacked ball circulation so the hosts opted to attack the basket. Ukic made free throws and added an acrobatic layup in transition to put Fener back ahead, 32-31. Lavrinovic and Milos Teodosic traded free throws off an Olympiacos timeout but a floating layup shot by Ukic gave the hosts a 36-33 edge. A foul shot by Nesterovic fixed the halftime score at 36-34.

Both teams struggled to score early in the second half until Ukic banked in a close shot in transition. Erceg answered from downtown but a back-to-back jumpers by Kinsey gave Fener a 42-37 lead. Olympiacos could not find the way to the basket and a three-pointer by Lavrinovic forced the Reds to call timeout at 45-37. Kinsey stayed on fire with a fast break layup, as the Reds had been scoreless for more than 4 minutes already and had entered the foul bonus. A two-handed dunk by Kaya Peker capped an 11-0 run that boosted the hosts' margin to 49-37. Erceg tried to change things with free throws and Papaloukas added his trademark left-handed layup but Kinsey scored in transition for a 51-41 Fener lead. Mavrokefalidis stepped up with back-to-back baskets that made Fener call timeout at 51-45. Jasikevicius and Kinsey traded jumpers but a layup by Mavrokefalidis got the Reds even closer, 53-49. Onan nailed a floating jumper but a put-back basket by Mavrokefalidis and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Erceg brought Olympiacos as close as 55-54 after 30 minutes.

Mavrokefalidis stayed on fire with a close jumper in the lane and soon banked in a running shot to give his team a 55-58 edge early in the fourth quarter. Fenerbahce kept struggling to find open shots and Nesterovic scored around the basket to make it a five-point game, 55-60. Fenerbahce had been scoreless for more than 4 minutes and Papaloukas banked in a four-meter shot that forced the hosts to call timeout at 55-62. A reverse layup by Nesterovic capped a 0-13 Olympiacos run, as Ukic tried to change things with a quick basket. Erceg took over with a long two-pointer that Sean May erased with a dunk. Spanoulis banked in an acrobatic shot but Tomas answered from downtown to give Fener some hope, 62-68, with 3 minutes left. Papaloukas scored in penetration and a dunk by Nesterovic sealed the outcome, 62-72. Both teams now fought for points differential, as Spanoulis and Nesterovic gave the Reds a 65-77 and Olympiacos regained possession with 31 seconds left. Erceg missed from downtown but a key offensive rebound by Kostas Papanikolaou allowed Papaloukas to beat the buzzer with a circus three-pointer off the glass, enough for Olympiacos to become the Top 16 Group H champion!

Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS; TAURINO, PAOLO; CONDE, ANTONIO
Attendance: 15870 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 UKIC, ROKO 27:59 14 6/9 0/2 2/2   1 1 4   5 1 2 2 1 7
5 EROGLU, ERBIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ONAN, OMER 18:13 2 1/3 0/3         2   1   1 3   -6
12 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 21:06 8   1/1 5/6   5 5 1 1 1 2   3 7 19
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 14:32 7 1/2 1/2 2/3   1 1 2   3     1 1 4
14 PEKER, KAYA 14:53 2 1/2       1 1 1   1 1   1 2 4
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 22:04 4 2/4       3 3 3   2 1   1   6
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 24:26 12 6/7 0/1     6 6 1 3 1     2 3 20
23 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 TOMAS, MARKO 26:14 9 0/3 2/6 3/4 2   2   1     1 2 4 5
42 MAY, SEAN GREGORY 15:21 2 1/3 0/1     3 3 1 1       2 1 3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 15:12 5 1/3 1/4     2 2 1   1 1   3    
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 65 19/36 5/20 12/15 6 24 30 16 6 15 6 4 20 19 68
        52.8% 25% 80%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 26:57 9 3/6 1/2   1 3 4 8 3 1   1 1 2 19
5 NESTEROVIC, RASHO 23:36 16 7/9   2/4 4 5 9     3 3   2 3 22
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 34:12 12 5/9 0/3 2/2   2 2 4 3 3     3 6 14
11 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 3:42   0/1       2 2     1     1   -1
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 18:15 18 9/15     1 1 2     1   2 3 1 9
14 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 3:46 2 1/1               1         1
15 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 16:57   0/3     2 2 4         1 2 1 -1
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 32:12 19 1/2 5/9 2/2 2 3 5       1 1 2 3 20
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 19:11 2 0/2 0/2 2/2       3   2   1 3 4 -1
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GORDON, JAMON 21:12 2 1/6     1 4 5 5 1       2   6
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 80 27/54 6/16 8/10 13 25 38 20 7 12 4 6 19 20 93
        50% 37.5% 80%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Olympiacos for their well deserved win. I still cannot believe my players stopped defending their opponent in the last quarter. We had a nice system in defense and offense but we lost the game in 14 minutes. When Olympiacos took the momentum of the game then my players gave up defending. I knew that it’s not easy to beat Olympiacos for the second straight time because they are really a talented and very experienced team. And now we realized how important it to lose to Zalgiris on the road.”
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Olympiacos Piraeus
“It was a very hard game for both teams. We lost the game in Athens by 14 points. And Fenerbahce lost to us by 15 points. The rhythm of the game was very high. We lost control in the beginning of the second half. Then I talked to my players in the timeout and told them ‘If you want to win this game, you have to fight’. Then they realised that they can win if they keep on fighting in the last quarter. This is what it is. We are happy to win here.”

Players

PRELDZIC, EMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“What can I say, we are really sad. We never thought that the things would go this way two weeks ago. But Olympiacos is a team which is really more experienced than us. They had some extraordinary performances from Erceg and Mavrokefalides. But we couldn’t answer the same way. Anyway, we will keep on digging our chances until the end and try to beat Power Electronics Valencia on the road next week.”
MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“It’s a very big win in a very hot atmosphere. Now we are first and we don’t care if Montepaschi Siena or Efes Pilsen comes in the Playoffs. What we care and what we want is our fans to come to the Peace and Friendship Arena in Athens finally and support us. I played some bad games but today I think I finally helped the team. It’s important that we got the win here. Now we cleared the way for the quarterfinals.”
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