2020-21Regular SeasonRound 2
October 09, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OAKA

Reds hold on for Greek derby win

Olympiacos Piraeus led from start to finish in downing its arch-rival Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 71-78 on the road in the Greek capital on Friday night. Both teams now hold 1-1 records in the young Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season. Olympiacos opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter, and led by as many as 15 in the second. Panathinaikos started charging back late in the third, but the Reds never allowed the hosts closer than 4 points. Georgios Printezis led the victory by scoring 17 points in 20 minutes. Shaquielle McKissic was the only other Olympiacos player in double figures with 10 points, while Ocatvius Ellis pulled down 13 rebounds. Marcus Foster paced Panathinaikos with 15 points, and Ioannis Papapetrou scored 14 in a losing effort.

It took a while for the teams to get going. Printezis scored twice from close range to kickstart the visitors, while Panathinaikos needed almost 5 minutes to open their scoring. The Reds continued to pull away with McKissic and Kostas Sloukas feeding big men Ellis and Hassan Martin inside, and Printezis outside to make it 7-19. Zach Auguste replied with 5 quick points for the hosts, but Vassilis Spanoulis ended the first quarter with a triple, and Charles Jenkins hit from downtown to open the second, making it 12-25. Foster drove to score and Papapetrou hit from long range for Panathinaikos, but Sasha Vezenkov had some timely offensive boards, before Spanoulis and Jenkins drove to the basket to open a 18-33 lead. The Greens' cut into the lead with Foster's three-point play and Leonidas Kaselakis adding 4 points, and after Vezenkov knocked down a three-pointer, Aaron White and Kaselakis struck to make it 35-44 at halftime. A three from Foster and a pair of close-range baskets from Papapetrou cut it to 42-48 early in the third, but the visitors answered with a 0-7 run, capped by two clever Printezis close-range baskets, before a triple from Sloukas made it 44-58 midway through the third. But Papapetrou put urgency into the hosts, Foster hit a triple, before Howard Sant-Roos and Nemanja Nedovic had fastbreak dunks in the last 20 seconds of the quarter to cut the gap to 57-62. Panathinaikos got closer with a put-back dunk from Sant-Roos, 60-64. However, McKissic strung together 6 points to restore a double-digit margin with just over 3 minutes remaining. Nedovic gave the Greens some hope with a triple and a driving layup, getting the hosts within 69-73 and 2 minutes left in the game. But Aaron Harrison answered with a runner, and the Greens never got closer the rest of the way.

Key stat

Olympiacos did not shoot well from long range, making just 18.5% (5-for-27), but the Reds did convert 63.2% of their two-point shots. Georgios Printezis, Hassan Martin and Octavius Ellis combined to shoot 14-for-16 from close range.

Vezenkov steps up

Sasha Vezenkov had an important role in the Olympiacos win as he finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds – including 4 offensive boards – and 2 steals in a strong performance.

Reds enjoy derby edge

This was the seventh Olympiacos win in the last 10 Greek derbies, and the first road win in this rivalry since March 2018.

Next up

In Round 3, Panathiniakos will already be in action on Tuesday when it visits LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, while Olympiacos plays on Wednesday with a home game against AX Armani Exchange Milan.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB20
Friday, October 9, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; BISSANG, JOSEPH; VILIUS, GYTIS
Attendance: 0
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens12232214
Olympiacos Piraeus22221816
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens12355771
Olympiacos Piraeus22446278
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 21:16 6 2/2   2/3 4 3 7       2     3 17
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 11:26 7 3/4   1/1   1 1   2 1     3 2 7
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 39:13 14 5/10 1/5 1/2   3 3 4 2 3   1 3 2 8
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 6:34 7 1/1 1/1 2/2   1 1           1 1 8
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 FOSTER, MARCUS 23:09 15 4/5 2/3 1/4 2 3 5 2 1 3     4 4 15
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 26:53 9 3/7 1/6   1 2 3 1 2 3   2 4 4 1
28 SYKES, KEIFER 16:09   0/1 0/3         1   1     3   -7
30 WHITE, AARON 15:19 5   1/1 2/2   1 1     1     2 1 4
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 14:12 2 1/3 0/1   2 4 6           1 1 5
50 BENTIL, BEN 5:54 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1           1 1 -1
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 19:55 5 2/3 0/4 1/2 1 3 4 1 1 1 1   2 1 4
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 21/37 6/25 11/18 12 24 36 9 8 13 3 3 24 20 65
        56.8% 24% 61.1%
Head coach: VOVORAS, GEORGIOS
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
2 HARRISON, AARON 23:38 7 2/4 0/4 3/4 1 1 2 2   3     4 4 1
4 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 LARENTZAKIS, GIANNOULIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 18:37 8 1/3 1/6 3/6   1 1 1 1     2 1 5 3
11 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 18:56 6 1/3 1/5 1/2   1 1 2   3   1 2 1 -3
12 MARTIN, HASSAN 15:44 8 4/5     3 2 5     1 1   4 2 10
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 20:00 9 3/5 1/3   4 4 8 1 2       1 2 17
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 20:05 17 6/7 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1   1     2 1 16
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 17:38 3 0/1 0/3 3/3   3 3 1         1 1 3
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 10:00 5 1/1 1/2                   1   3
32 ELLIS, OCTAVIUS 24:11 5 2/2   1/2 3 10 13 1   2 1   3 3 17
77 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE 31:11 10 4/7 0/2 2/4 1 1 2 3 2 1 1   1 4 13
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 78 24/38 5/27 15/23 15 26 41 12 5 12 3 3 20 23 83
        63.2% 18.5% 65.2%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

VOVORAS, GEORGIOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
I think Olympiacos was the better team. Especially in the first period, Olympiacos was ahead and we were forced to play their way and were not able to create shots. Defense is the first priority, especially in our case because we are a young team and we need to develop a defensive mentality. We became more aggressive in the second and third quarters and our defense improved. The key was in the fourth quarter, when we believed we could come back, we got within 4 points behind better defense, but it was not enough to change the final outcome.
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus

"First of all, I have to admit the quality of the game wasn't really good, but it is normal. I don't see any team right now playing well in the EuroLeague, every team is struggling to score 80 points, so it is obvious that this situation with the pandemic is in everyone's mind. Right now, just to get this win was very important. Especially in this court, where it is never easy, even without the fans. So let's keep that we won the game, we led for 40 minutes and I think we deserved it."

"For us it was very important with 18% of threes to lead the game and control it for 40 minutes. I give credit to my players because we won 5 or 6 more rebounds than Panathinaikos, that was our emphasis before the game. That was the key of the game. Although we had some mistakes, we allowed just 14 points in the fourth quarter and we just turned the ball over one time. "

Players

SANT-ROOS, HOWARD
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We played bad in the first quarter, but there are a lot of new players in the team like me. We need to find a way to improve our weaknesses later in the season. I am not 100% ready yet. We have to keep fighting and I am still able to help. We need to improve our weaknesses and mistakes and keep working. Olympiacos was better and deserved the victory."
MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We went into halftime up 9 points, we were all happy, and Billy Spanoulis came in and chewed us up pretty good. Letting us know the game is not over. We are a winning team, we can't let them get back into the game, and if we do we still have to finish tough. That motivated us, and I give him 100% credit for that."
PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I am the first to believe it is always the team that wins. So, it's very good that we had a reaction today in the game because after one bad loss at home, we had to react. We did well. We weren’t concentrated for 40 minutes, but for most of the game we were very concentrated, we controlled the rhythm, we scored some very important shots, and that's the way we won. Games against Panathinaikos are always important, for them and for us. For sure this is one very good win, but as everybody knows EuroLeague is a very long season, so game by game we have to improve. And we need to improve a lot of things if we want to be a good team."
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