Olympiacos sends champs to first defeat
There is only one undefeated team left in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague after Olympiacos Piraeus held off defending champion Real Madrid 88-83 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. Olympiacos registered its second consecutive win to improve to 5-4, while Madrid suffered its first loss of the season, dropping to 8-1. Nigel Williams-Goss paced Olympiacos with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Vassilis Spanoulis netted 20 points in the victory. Jaycee Carroll scored 16 points and Facundo Campazzo had 14 points and a career-high 13 assists for Madrid, which played without Sergio Llull once again.
Olympiacos made the first blow, with Williams-Goss hitting a triple and Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis fueling an 11-0 run to make it 13-7. Spanoulis and Ioannis Papapetrou each added a triple to the tally, but Rudy Fernandez hit twice from long range and Jeffrey Taylor had a three on the other end. A runner from Williams-Goss made it 29-22 after 10 minutes. Carroll hit one triple and Fernandez another one to tie it at 32-32. Olympiacos answered through Spanoulis, who hit three times from downtown in less than 50 seconds. Goss had 5 more points, including a second- chance triple to make it 48-36. The hosts took a 52-41 lead into halftime. Campazzo, Gabriel Deck and Carroll each scored a three-pointer in the opening two minutes of the second half as Madrid got within 55-52. Strelnieks hit from downtown for the Reds and LeDay scored inside, but Carroll hit from long range and Tavares, Trey Thompkins and Taylor from close range, tying the contest at 63-63. The score remained tied at 65-65 going into the fourth quarter, but the hosts did not allow a single field goal for more than five minutes while Strelnieks scored 7 points, including a triple. A three-point play from LeDay opened a 76-68 margin, and with Olympiacos keeping Madrid scoreless from the floor, a three-pointer from Spanoulis made it 80-70 with 2:44 to go. Campazzo ended Madrid's field goal drought and Randolph hit a three-pointer, helping the visitors cut within 82-78 going into the last minute. Deck missed a pair of free throws and Olympiacos made a defensive stand that allowed it to preserve the victory.
The streak ends
Real Madrid saw its 13-game winning streak snapped with this loss at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The last time Madrid lost in the EuroLeague was just 25 kilometers further north, in Game 1 of the EuroLeague Playoffs against Panathinaikos Athens last season.
The two teams were tied at the end of the third quarter, but Olympiacos did not allow a single field goal for 7 minutes and 50 seconds to open the final quarter. During that span it made a 15-5 run to open an 80-70 lead it never relinquished.
Movers and shakers
Janis Strelnieks scored 7 points in the key stretch of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points. Zach LeDay scored 12 and Nikola Milutinov was everywhere collecting 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rudy Fernandez netted 12 points for Madrid, Anthony Randolph had 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Walter Tavares had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Did you notice?
Each team had 10 offensive and 30 defensive rebounds in this game. Olympiacos and Madrid had 4 blocks apiece, each committed 22 personal fouls, and Madrid had a PIR of 94, while Olympiacos's was 93.
Next week in Round 10, Madrid welcomes CSKA Moscow on Thursday, while Olympiacos stays at home and hosts Buducnost Voli Podgorica a day later.
Thursday, November 22, 2018