2001-02Regular SeasonRound 2
October 17, 2001 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MAX SCHMELING HALLE

Olympiakos of Greece has won in Berlin against Alba by 69-88 in a game that was much easier than expected for the visitors, in large part because Alphonso Ford again proved unstoppable. Ford scored 28 points, none more important than those that put Olympiakos in command early and nullified the effect of 5,000 fans cheering on Alba at Max Schmeling Hall. Alba could not overcome its injury troubles at guard enough to stop Ford, and as such, fell to 0-2 in Group A. Olympiakos is now a perfect 2-0 to start the season.

Who stops Alphonso Ford was the question in the first five minutes. Again and again last season's Euroleague scoring champ found his shots against Derrick Phelps, scoring seven points as Olympiakos went up 2-9. Berlin missed its first six shots and had to wait five minutes before Phelps ended with a three-pointer to make it 5-9. Step-by-step, Phelps found his way to control Ford better, Marko Pesic did a good job against Papaloukas, and on offense, drawing foul after foul and making 5 off 6 free-throws brought Alba back into the game. Another two free-throws by Phelps gave Alba its first lead at 14-13, but Olympiakos finished off the first quarter strong to lead 16-20.

The second quarter brought even more trouble for the Berliners, who did not control the boards (only five defensive rebounds in the first half) nor find open shots against the aggressive Olympiakos defense. The Olympiakos lead soared to double digits at 22-32 on a three-pointer by Dimitrios Papanikolaou. Coincidentally, Alba's depth problems got worse then as Wendell Alexis picked up a third foul. While Olympiakos was constantly rotating 10 players, Alba had to watch injured captain Henrik Rödl, Mithat Demirel and Stefano Garris sitting on the bench just to fill up the roster to ten players. By halftime, Alba's fould trouble had compounded as Phelps and Teoman Ozturk joined Alexis with 3 fouls each. Alba's field goal percentage of only 30 percent did not leave much hope for the 5,000-strong crowd in the Max-Schmeling Hall. And Ford, besides drawing Phelps' third foul, was up to 16 points and his team was leading 32-47.

Alexis opened the second half with a huge three-pointer (35-49) and Alba was now much tougher in rebounding, but with faulty outside shooting still a problem, the effect was only enough to keep the gap from widening beyond 43-56. The continuing inaccuracy from outside demoralized the home team, which had in Pesic and Alexis its only two constant scorers, while onon the other side Ford found more assistance from his teammates as the Olympiakos lead was at 52-67 entering the final quarter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; COLUCCI, GENARO; MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO
Attendance: 4689
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Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RODL, HENRIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 LUTCKE, JORG 26:27 8   0/1 8/8 1 1 2 1 1 1     4   6
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 9:02 2 1/3     1 1 2     1     3   -2
7 PESIC, MARKO 38:12 23 5/9 2/7 7/9 1 3 4 2 2 3     3   14
8 PHELPS, DERRICK 35:04 15 3/10 1/3 6/6 2 3 5 1 2 1     3   10
9 OZTURK, TEOMAN 19:59 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 1 2   1 1 1   3   2
10 ZIDEK, JIRI 21:30 3 0/3 1/2   1   1     1     4   -5
11 GARRIS, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 ALEXIS, WENDELL 32:34 13 4/8 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 4     3   4
13 THORWARTH, TOMMY 15:31   0/1 0/1           1 1     3   -5
14 PAPIC, STIPO 1:41                              
15 DEMIREL, MITHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 69 15/37 5/19 24/27 8 11 19 5 8 13 1 0 26 0 24
        40.5% 26.3% 88.9%
Head coach: MUTAPCIC, EMIR
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOUNTOURIS, NIKOLAOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 JELIC, DUSAN 14:37 9 3/6   3/3 2 3 5           2   9
6 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 29:38 8 2/4   4/4   7 7 5 3 5     3   13
7 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 15:28 10 1/1 1/2 5/6 1 2 3           1   10
8 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 16:51 2 1/3     1 2 3 1     1   5    
9 RISACHER, STEPHANE 24:03 9 4/5 0/1 1/1         1 3     2   3
10 FORD, ALPHONSO 32:22 28 7/13 3/5 5/7 2 3 5 1 1 2     4   19
11 TOMIC, MILAN 18:04 8 0/1 2/6 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 2         6
12 NIKAGBATSE, MISAN 4:05                         1   -1
13 EKIM, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FORREST, JAMES 18:51 6 3/6     2 4 6   1 1 1   5   5
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 26:01 8 4/6     1 3 4   1       4   7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 88 25/45 6/14 20/23 10 25 35 9 8 13 2 0 27 0 71
        55.6% 42.9% 87%
Head coach: ZOUROS, ILIAS
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Head Coaches

MUTAPCIC, EMIR
Alba Berlin
"Olympiakos played a good game. We have injury problems, but that is no excuse. For a game in the Euroleague, we must bring more substance and quality on the court. We must fight 40 minutes as a team. Today, especially in this area, we made too many mistakes. Therefore I am very disappointed. This is the first time as head coach that I have seen my team have this problem. This is a very dangerous situation for Alba."
ZOUROS, ILIAS
Olympiacos
"This was a good win on the road. We were concentrated for the biggest part of the game and played very good defense and good fast breaks. I nevertheless think that Alba is a strong team and can do much damage to other teams in our group here in Berlin. I congratulate all my players. They were very focused and played a good game."

Players

FORD, ALPHONSO
Olympiacos
"We knew that they would fight back. But we came out very strong right from the beginning. We wanted to do it that way and we did it."
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