Hunter, Spanoulis keep Olympiacos undefeated
Olympiacos Piraeus stayed undefeated through five games in Group D by thrashing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 93-66 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday. Olympiacos grabbed its 22nd consecutive regular season win, while Galatasaray dropped to 2-3. Othello Hunter paced the winners with 17 points on 8-of-9 two-point shooting and 10 rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis tallied 16 points and 7 assists, Vangelis Mantzaris scored 15 on perfect shooting, while Dimitris Agravanis added 10 for Olympiacos, which had 26 assists and just 6 turnovers in this game. Carlos Arroyo led Galatasaray with 14 points and Ender Arslan scored 10 for Galatasaray. Outstanding defense and a balanced offense led by Spanoulis, Petway and Dunston allowed the Reds to get a 26-13 lead after 10 minutes. Olympiacos kept a 49-39 margin at halftime and extended it to 68-53 through three qaurters. Galatasaray managed to get within 75-65 on a three-pointer by Arslan, but Hunter and Agravanis fueled an 18-0 run that sealed the outcome long before the final buzzer. Spanoulis received the bwin October MVP trophy in a brief pre-game ceremony.
First quarter: Reds roll to early lead
Vangelis Mantzaris got Olympiacos going with a layup and Tremmell Darden dunked off a steal for a 4-0 lead. Sinan Guler hit an off-balance driving jumper that Petway bettered with a bomb from downtown. A dunk by Bryant Dunston soon boosted the Reds' margin to 9-2. Guler scored again and a free throw by Vladimir Micov kept Galatasaray within 9-5. Spanoulis nailed a catch-and-shoot six-meter jumper, which Dunston followed with a close basket for a 13-5 Olympiacos margin. Zoran Erceg sank a three-pointer as Galatasaray adjusted its man-to-man defense. Petway found space for a five-meter jumper before Ian Vougioukas split free throws. A triple by Oliver Lafayette boosted Olympiacos's lead to 18-9. Hunter and Vougioukas scored around the basket and a layup-plus-foul by Spanoulis gave the hosts a 23-11 lead. Dimitris Katsivelis bettered Micov's jumper with a triple from the corner for a 26-13 lead after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Aradori brings Galatasaray closer
Kostas Sloukas hit a free throw early in the second quarter. Kerem Gonlum stepped up with a close basket, which Dimitris Agravanis matched with a layup in transition. Hunter banked in a jump hook to make it a 16-point game. Pietro Aradori stepped up with a three-point play and matched Lafeyette's layup with a jumper to make it 33-20. Agravanis swished a six-meter shot, but free throws by Ender Arslan and Aradori gave the guests hope at 35-24. Agravanis kept pacing the Reds with a layup, which Micov matched with foul shots. Mantzaris and Arroyo traded bombs from downtown, but Spanoulis set a 42-29 Olympiacos advantage. Gonlum made foul shots, which Spanoulis bettered with an eight-meter triple. Arroyo hit 4 free throws before Spanoulis nailed a stop-and-pop jumper. A one-handed floater by Arslan kept the guests within 47-37. Foul shots by Nate Jawai and a layup by Mantzaris fixed the halftime score at 49-39.
Third quarter: Olympiacos holds on to safe margin
Darden shined with a put-back basket soon after the break, as Galatasaray struggled to score for more than two minutes. Mantzaris fed Dunston for a slam, Jawai made free throws and Hunter ignited the crowd with an alley-oop slam. Hunter kept pacing the hosts with a floating layup, which Gonlum matched with a power basket. Arroyo struck from downtown to give Galatasaray hope at 57-46. Petway stepped up with a dunk, however, and Darden struck from downtown to force the guests to call timeout at 62-46. Sloukas found Hunter for a two-handed slam in traffic, as the guests kept missing open shots in transition. Arroyo scored in penetration and Micov nailed a triple to get the guests a bit closer, 65-51. Lafayette split free throws and Furkan Aldemir shined with a put-back slam. A layup by Hunter restored a 68-53 Olympiacos margin.
Fourth quarter: 18-0 run seals it
Jawai scored around the basket early in the quarter, but Dunston erased it with foul shots. Galatasaray needed a quick comeback and Arslan tried to ignite it with a three-pointer. Mantzaris answered from downtown and matched Erceg's jumper with a driving layup for a 75-60 Olympiacos lead. Jawai took over with a put-back slam and Arslan hit another one from beyond the arc to give Galatasaray some hope at 75-65. Lafayette downed a three-pointer off a timeout and a jumper by Spanoulis kept the Reds way ahead, 80-65. A big dunk by Agravanis and a high-flying block by Hunter sealed the outcome at 82-65 with over four minutes left. Hunter kept pacing Olympiacos with back-to-back layups. Spanoulis banked in a close shot and a layup by Agravanis made it a 25-point game. Mantzaris downed a triple that capped a 18-0 run, giving all of Olympiacos plenty of time to celebrate a big win.
Thursday, November 13, 2014