Olympiacos rolls past Fenerbahce
Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus picked up its second consecutive Top 16 victory by beating Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 82-71 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. The win improved Olympiacos’s record to 3-3 for fourth place in Group F, while Fenerbahce dropped to 1-5. The Reds took control of the game with a 8-0 spurt in the second quarter, and then cruised to victory after pulling away to a 20-point advantage at the beginning of the third quarter. Georgios Printezis scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, and Vassilis Spanoulis also finished with 13 for the winners. Acie Law had 12 points in less than 13 minutes before being ejected from the game after an altercation with Romain Sato. Kyle Hines scored 10 points before leaving the game to receive stitches for a cut above his eye. Bojan Bogdanovic, David Andersen and Bo McCalleb combined to score 58 of Fenerbahce’s points. Bogdanovic and Andersen each finished with 20 points, and McCalebb scored 18 in defeat.
First quarter: Andersen, Bogdanovic and McCalebb get Fenerbahce going
Andersen started the game with a three-pointer, and Olympiacos opened its account with baskets inside from Giorgi Shermadini and Kostas Papanikolaou. With the offenses having their way early, the visitors countered with a drive from Bogdanovic and a triple from McCalebb, while Reds kept going inside to Printezis and Shermadini, 8-8. Fenerbahce opened a 5-point lead as Andersen and Bogdanovic each scored twice more from close range, and McCalebb hit another triple, but Law made couple of steals for fastbreak layups, then added a basket-plus foul, before Printezis made it 19-19 from the paint. Olympiacos went in front on a fastbreak layup from Spanoulis, but Andersen answered from long range and McCalebb made an acrobatic driving layup that gave Fenerbahce a 23-24 edge after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Law and Sato ejected; Reds take lead
Printezis reached double figures with a triple at the start of the second quarter, before Ilkan Karaman and Stratos Perperoglou traded put-backs. Uros Tripkovic sank a triple to make it 28-29 before the hosts went in front with an 8-0 spurt that included a dunk from Kyle Hines and layup-plus-foul from Law. Andersen snapped the run with a fadeaway jumper, and after Kaya Peker and Hines traded layups, 40-33, both teams were dealt a major blow as Law and Romain Sato were ejected for their on-court altercation. The two players got tangled under the rim while fighting for a position underneath the hosts’ basket, and after some forceful pushing and shoving, both players were issued disqualifying fouls. After emotions calmed down, McCalleb and Bogdanovic got Fenerbahce within 3 points, before Spanoulis nailed a triple to give Olympiacos a 43-37 halftime lead.
Third quarter: Olympiacos pulls away with a 15-2 run
Kostas Sloukas extended the lead to 9 points with a basket-plus-foul, before Andersen made a turnaround jumper at the other end. After Printezis and McCalebb traded mid-range baskets, Papanikolaou hit a three-pointer and Shermadini’s hook-shot opened a 53-41 lead. Sloukas extended the advantage to 16 points with 4 free throws, and after Andersen scored a layup, Spanoulis hit a triple and Hines added a put-back helping to extend the lead to 20. Bogdanovic snapped a 15-2 run with a three-pointer from the left corner, but baskets inside from Hines and Pero Antic made it 68-49 after three quarters.
Fourth quarter: The hosts cruise to victory
Spanoulis hit a jumper and Shermadini made a layup to extend the margin to 23 points at the start of the fourth quarter before Bogdanovic hit a triple and McCalebb made a layup. The tempo significantly slowed down and the visitors did not allow a field goal for more than four minutes, but only managed to cut the deficit to 75-60 when McCalleb scored another driving layup. Spanoulis ended the drought for Olympiacos, and Perperoglou nailed a triple to get the lead back to 18 points, but Fenerbahce answered with a 0-8 run as Baris Ermis made couple of layups and Andersen hit another jump shot. However the margin was too great to overcome and Olympiacos celebrated its third Top 16 victory.
Thursday, January 31, 2013