2009-10Top 16Round 2
February 03, 2010 CET: 20:00

Olympiacos, a blowout 87-69 winner over Khimki

Despite missing one of its top players, Olympiacos left no doubt about its standing atop Group H when it overwhelmed visiting Khimki Moscow Region by 87-69 at home in Piraeus, Greece, on Wednesday. The victory was good for exclusive control of first place in the group at 2-0, while Khimki fell to 1-1 and what will be a tie for second place with either Caja Laboral or Cibona, who play Thursday. The Reds started strong, led by double figures already in the first quarter and though Khimki never gave in, Olympiacos held on tight before pulling away in the last 10 minutes for the win. Yotam Halperin paced the winners with 15 points in 18 minutes, Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 14 points, Linas Kleiza scored 12 and grabbed 7 rebounds, Nikola Vujcic added 11 points, Loukas Mavrokefalides 10 and freshly crowned Sportingbet January MVP Milos Teodosic tallied 9 points and 4 assists. Olympiacos was without All-Euroleague center Ioannis Bourousis, who missed the game with a broken nose. Keith Langford led Khimki with 18 points, Kelly McCarty added 15 and Robertas Javtokas finished with 10 points and 9 boards.

Teodosic received his Sportingbet January MVP trophy from Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu just before tipoff and then opened the scoring after a tense couple minutes with a heads-up rebound and put-back. Schortsanitis powered in the next basket to put the Reds up 4-0 before Paulius Jankunas converted a pass by McCarty for Khimki's first points. A turnaround in the lane by Kleiza kept Olympiacos rolling while Javtokas did the same for the guests at 6-4, but the defenses were still dominant after five minutes. A timeout changed that trend as Halperin popped a triple off a screen for the hosts and Vujcic drop-stepped to a baseline layup. When Halperin added another layup and Josh Childress a steal-dunk combo, the Reds were suddenly way ahead, 15-4. Khimki used a timeout to figure out how to get the ball to the basket, which Langford did immediately, but at the other end, Halperin blasted another shot from the arc. Langford drew a second foul on the same possession by Childress and his free throws made it 18-8. Kleiza rebounded and dunked against Khimki's zone before Langford hit an acrobatic runner. Theo Papaloukas outdid that with a nifty reverse, however, as Olympiacos led 22-10 after one quarter.

Javtokas hooked in pair of a shots and cleaned up on the boards to spark Khimki as the second quarter began. McCarty kept it going with a triple from the corner at 22-17 following great ball movement. Vujcic finally answered after three scoreless minutes for Olympiacos with a pump-fake put-back and the free throw that came with the foul. Raul Lopez, Khimki's smallest player, and Schortsanitis, the Reds' biggest, traded inside baskets. Lopez saved a possession and fed Timofey Mozgov for a three-point play before Jankunas added a triple as Khimki moved within 29-25 on the scoreboard, prompting an Olympiacos timeout. Schortsanitis got 2 points back at the foul line, McCarty matched them with a baseline jumper, but Halperin returned then for a layup-plus-free throw to put the Reds up 34-27. And they weren't done. Schortsanitis powered in the next basket before Scoonie Penn's steal broke Halperin for another basket for a solid 38-28 Olympiacos lead at halftime.

Childress to Kleiza for an easy basket opened the second half. Langford answered with a clean jumper. Langford soon struck again, from the corner, as Khimki pulled within 40-33. Halperin got 2 points back on free throws for Olympiacos, but Langford matched those, too. Childress got the fans out of their seats with a cross-over and dunk combination, but Langford could not be stopped as he fired a three-pointer over Halperin. Now, he got help, too, as Carlos Cabezas refused to be denied before canning his own triple at 44-40. Schortsanitis defied the laws of motion by pirouetting for a pair of baskets, but in between, McCarty flew off a screen and buried a two-pointer. A slow few minutes consisted of Kleiza exchanging 4 free throws with Javtokas and Langford before Teodosic busted out again with a shot from way downtown to make it 54-46. His free throws then re-upped the lead to double digits, but Lopez fired in one triple and assisted Vitaly Fridzon on another to threaten the lead, 58-52. With just 3 seconds left for an inbounds play, Olympiacos found Teodosic, who scored, was fouled and knocked down the free throw to make it 61-52 after 30 minutes.

Papaloukas started the fourth quarter trying to break Khimki's spirit with a big triple. Soon, late entry Mavrokefalides was putting down consecutive inside shot for the game's highest lead yet, 68-54, which prompted a Khimki timeout. The visitors could not break through the Olympiacos defense, however, as the difference climbed on free throws by Kleiza and a short jumper by Papaloukas. McCarty responded with a three-point play for Khimki, but he was the only player among the visitors getting anything through the basket, while Mavrokefalides was now a go-to man for Olympiacos, upping the difference to 78-59 on his fourth layup of the quarter. With the outcome clear in the last three minutes, the final margin was the only question. Olympiacos kept going inside, to Mavrokefalides and Childress to finish strong and prove that they are the best team right now in Group H.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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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 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 16:06 7 2/3 1/3     1 1 1   3   1 2    
5 PENN, SCOONIE 23:00     0/1         1 2       3   -1
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 25:21 9 3/7 0/1 3/3 1 1 2 1 1 2 1   4 2 5
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 16:01 11 5/7   1/2 1 3 4 2 1       2 2 15
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 18:52 15 3/3 2/4 3/3   1 1   2 1     2 2 15
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 32:53 12 3/5 0/2 6/6 2 5 7 1 2 2     3 3 16
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 10:22 10 5/6     1 2 3 1   1     2 1 11
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 7:34           1 1           1    
17 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 3:58               1   1     1 1  
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 27:38 9 3/5 0/1 3/3   3 3 4 2 2     1 4 16
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 18:15 14 6/6   2/3         1 3     3 2 10
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 87 30/42 3/12 18/20 6 17 23 12 11 15 1 1 24 17 88
        71.4% 25% 90%
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 32:27 18 5/8 1/4 5/6 2 2 4 3   4     2 7 19
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 11:58 5   1/3 2/2 1   1     2     2 3 3
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 24:35 3 0/5 1/2     2 2 1 1 3   1 1 1 -3
12 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 10:05     0/1         1              
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 26:16 5 1/2 1/2   3 1 4 1 2 1     2   7
14 GUBANOV, PETR 3:39 3 1/1   1/2 1   1             1 4
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 27:16 10 4/4   2/6 4 5 9     2     4 3 12
18 LOPEZ, RAUL 15:25 5 1/2 1/4   1 1 2 2 1 3     1 2 4
21 McCARTY, KELLY 35:54 15 5/8 1/4 2/3 1 1 2 3 1 3       4 15
25 MOZGOV, TIMOFEY 12:25 5 1/2   3/5 2 5 7     5 1   5 3 3
41 ZAITCEV, VIACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Totals 200:00 69 18/32 6/20 15/24 15 17 32 11 5 23 1 1 17 24 64
        56.3% 30% 62.5%

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"We played good basketball tonight. We faced a team that holds players with quality and experience. We had to be patient, because we know that the purpose of each team coming to our house is to get us out of our rhythm. I am happy with the guys that usually don’t play much as they all came in off the bench, showed determination and concentration and offered solutions even in cases when Khimki seemed ready to cause us trouble. For me, it really matters a lot how much a player can deliver for the team even if he gets only five minutes to play. It is important, too, the fact that we reached our scoring standards even though we did not have the opportunity to finish many fast breaks."
"Once more, we started the game in fear, especially our young players. If you let the difference get high, then it is difficult to bounce back. We tried and stayed close for three quarters, but it was obvious that we had to face an opponent of high quality and a really deep bench. Olympiacos holds a bunch of players that are great in one-on-one situations. They can penetrate or shoot from the perimeter. We used some zone defense in order to slow the rhythm down, but Olympiacos answered back with its good passing game. When we ran out of energy, the difference increased. We only have a few players with Euroleague experience. That’s why we did not use some fouls to prevent the hosts from running away. We allowed them to shoot in excellent percentage due to this lack of experience."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"I am happy with this win tonight, because I know that Khimki is a very good team. We had to win this game in order for our road win over Caja Laboral to still mean a lot. Tonight, we did not have the chances for easy baskets on the open floor and in cases we faced some problems against the zone defense. However, when we used our passing game, motion and good positioning, we managed to create opportunities and sailed to the win. The big weapon of this team is the fact that every player can deliver; when the defense focuses to two or three players, there will be soon another pair to punish it."
"We made too many mistakes, especially in the beginning of the game. After the first quarter, however, I think we played clever and did not allow Olympiacos to dictate the tempo. We did not give them the opportunities to run the floor, we used the zone defense to slow them down and we succeeded to remain close after 30 minutes. But, Olympiacos proved its depth when some bench players came in and contributed, we lost our concentration in the last period and the difference went high."
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