2012-13Top 16Round 10
March 07, 2013 CET: 20:45

Barcelona outlasts champs, clinches playoffs berth

FC Barcelona Regal became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by topping reigning champions Olympiacos Piraeus 77-90 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Greece on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 9-1 in Top 16 Group F and will lock up home court advantage in the playoffs with its next win. Olympiacos dropped to 6-4. Barcelona grabbed its eighth consecutive triumph and stopped the Reds' five-game winning streak. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 21 points on near-perfect shooting. Pete Mickeal added 20, while Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro each scored 10 for Barcelona. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 23 points. Georgios Printezis added 16 and Josh Powell had 15 for the Reds. The first quarter featured six lead changes, but an outstanding Printezis gave Olympiacos a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes. A dunk by Pero Antic soon boosted the Reds' lead to 26-22. Five different Barcelona players scored in a 4-17 run that put the visitors ahead 30-39. Navarro followed a three-point play with a 'bomba' to make it a double-digit game, 36-46, at halftime. Printezis and an unstoppable Spanoulis shined after the break as Olympiacos regained the lead, 55-54, late in the third quarter. Mickeal and Nate Jawai helped Barcelona to a 62-63 edge after three quarters. Mickeal and Lorbek took over early in the fourth quarter, as Barcelona grabbed a 69-78 lead and never looked back.

First quarter: Olympiacos ahead after six lead changes

Powell got Olympiacos going with a close basket, which Victor Sada erased with a five-meter jumper. Ante Tomic finished a long, two-chance Barcelona offense with a jump hook, good for a 2-4 lead. Mickeal and Powell traded layups and a coast-to-coast basket by Spanoulis tied it at 6-6. Spanoulis collected a steal and made free throws at the other end. Mickeal answered with foul shots and a driving layup by Juan Carlos Navarro put the guests back ahead, 8-10. Printezis did not miss from the free throw line and a fast break layup by Acie Law restored a 12-10 Olympiacos lead. Mickeal made a turnaround jumper and soon provided another lead change, 12-14. Printezis hit his trademark turnaround jumper and Spanoulis scored in penetration for a 16-14 Olympiacos edge. Mickeal hit a one-handed jumper in the lane that Printezis matched with foul shots. Printezis stayed on fire with a jump hook to put Olympiacos ahead 20-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: 4-17 run puts Barcelona way ahead

Kostas Sloukas hit a stop-and-pop jumper, as Barcelona struggled to score early in the second quarter. Tomic stepped up with a jump hook that Pero Antic matched with a long two-pointer. C.J. Wallace struck from downtown, but a dunk by Antic made it a four-point game, 26-22. Erazem Lorbek scored around the basket and a floating layup by Tomic tied it at 26-26. Olympiacos could not find open shots and a three-point play by Sarunas Jasikevicius put the guests back ahead, 26-29, after a 0-7 run. Law and Tomic exchanged layups before an off-balance basket by Powell kept the Reds within 30-31. Huertas and Lorbek buried back-to-back three-pointers to boost Barcelona's lead to 30-37. Joe Ingles capped a 0-8 run with a backdoor layup, Powell dunked and free throws by Spanoulis brought Olympiacos a bit closer, 34-39. Lorbek scored in the paint and Navarro provided a highlight with a wild three-point play off a steal for a double-digit Barcelona lead, 34-44. Spanoulis swished a six-meter jumper and a 'bomba' by Navarro fixed the score at 36-46 at halftime.

Third quarter: Spanoulis fuels the Reds' rally

Lorbek downed a turnaround jumper immediately after the break, as Olympiacos was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Law shined with a driving layup. Barcelona started to use longer possessions, but even with that, the guests did not find open shots, as the Reds were all over the passing lines. Powell hit a five-meter jumper and followed that with a three-point play that brought Olympiacos back in the game, 43-48. Printezis capped a 9-0 Olympiacos run with a jump hook. Navarro split free throws before Spanoulis nailed a jumper that Wallace bettered with a three-pointer. Printezis took over with a layup-plus-foul, Jawai and Doron Perkins traded foul shots and a three-pointer by Spanoulis completed the hosts' comeback, 55-54. Navarro sank free throws, Kyle Hines and Mickeal exchanged dunks and a three-point play by Spanoulis gave Olympiacos a 60-58 lead. Lorbek and Jawai split foul shots and Spanoulis put Olympiacos back ahead, 62-60. Mickeal took over with a backdoor layup and a free throw by Jawai restored a 62-63 Barcelona edge after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Barcelona takes off, seals playoffs spot

Mickeal sank a turnaround jumper early in the fourth quarter and a jump hook by Lorbek gave Barcelona some fresh air, 62-67. Antic and Lorbek traded three-pointers, but Barcelona faced severe foul trouble, as Tomic, Jawai and Wallace had 4 apiece with eight minutes left. Mickeal scored again and erased Spanoulis's downed a stop-and-pop jumper with a four-meter shot, which caused Olympiacos to call timeout at 67-74. Jawai provided a highlight with a big slam, Hines scored in penetration and Lorbek added a jump hook after a wild spin move for a 69-78 Barcelona edge midway through the fourth quarter. Stratos Perperoglou hit a six-meter jumper, but Lorbek scored again and an alley-oop slam by Tomic boosted Barcelona's lead to 71-82 with three minutes to go. An unsportsmanlike foul on Powell allowed Huertas and Jasikevicius to seal the outcome, 71-87. The Reds never recovered and Barcelona had plenty of time to celebrate.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Attendance: 10920
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Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 18:31 4 2/4   0/2 3 3 6 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 8
5 LAW, ACIE 26:57 6 3/6 0/1     1 1 3   1   1 3 4 5
6 ANTIC, PERO 13:25 7 2/3 1/2             3     1   1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:23 23 6/10 1/5 8/11 1 3 4 3 2 6   1 1 9 22
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:34 2 1/3 0/1         3   1         1
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 12:23 2 1/3 0/1   1   1     1     3   -4
12 POWELL, JOSH 21:29 15 7/8   1/1 2 1 3     2   1 3 1 12
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PERKINS, DORON 9:17 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1   1       3 1  
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:35 16 5/9 0/5 6/7 3 4 7 1 1 1     2 8 20
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 23:26   0/1 0/1     3 3 2 2     1 1 2 5
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 27/48 2/17 17/23 10 18 28 14 8 16 1 5 20 27 72
        56.3% 11.8% 73.9%
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 15:33 2 1/2       2 2 3 1 1     2   4
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 24:27 5   1/5 2/2       6   2     1 4 8
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 18:31 10 3/5 0/2 4/5   2 2 1 1 2     1 5 11
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 20:34 6 1/2 1/1 1/1   1 1 4         3 1 8
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 0:35                              
18 WALLACE, C.J. 11:37 6   2/3     3 3     1 1   5   3
20 INGLES, JOE 10:26 2 1/1       2 2 1   1         4
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 6:54           1 1     2     1   -2
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 27:48 21 7/8 2/2 1/2 1 1 2 1         4 2 20
32 JAWAI, NATE 17:25 8 1/3   6/10 3 5 8   2 3 3 1 4 5 12
33 MICKEAL, PETE 23:35 20 9/10 0/2 2/2   3 3   1 3     2 2 18
44 TOMIC, ANTE 22:35 10 5/8     1 4 5 2   2 1   5 1 9
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 90 28/39 6/15 16/22 5 24 29 18 5 18 5 1 28 20 94
        71.8% 40% 72.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"We tried to make our best, but the result is not good. Barcelona is a high quality team, they played better and deserved to win. We allowed them to have a 72% shooting percentage in a road game, although our tactical plan was to defend our basket from inside either by trapping their big men or by fouling them. Tomic and Lorbek build a big men’s duo which seems sometimes unstoppable. Additionally with such a poor three-point percentage, 2 for 17, you can’t win a game like that. However we found our energy in the third period, but we missed four consecutive free throws and a three-pointer and those are things that Barcelona takes advantage of. There is no doubt that Barcelona is now the best team in the competition, but we keep fighting to get the second place."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We thank the Greek fans of Barcelona who came here and gave us a big support. It was a great game between two very good teams which are aiming to make it to the Final Four. We had a very good performance in both ends, but in the third period they outrebounded us and we lacked motion in the offense. We came up big in the last period, thanks to the effective passing game and the high shooting percentage. Maybe this is one of the best moments for this team, because we have a lot of smart players, but I can’t ignore the team we had in 2010, when we won the Euroleague trophy in Paris. I don’t consider my team the big favorite to win the 2012-13 Euroleague. We are topping the rankings but we have to play four more games. Regarding the Greek teams, I think that both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos will reach the quarterfinals, but I can’t predict their future."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"We made some defensive mistakes in the last period and that caused us to lose the momentum we got from the third quarter. This is something I can’t explain. However this loss can be a good lesson for us, en experience that we have to take advantage of. We must react immediately and keep trying to get our targets."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Barcelona scored 90 points, which are too much for our defense. We managed to control the game in the third period but we missed four free throws in a row and then a three-pointer and they hurt us. There are four games left and we are going one by one. Right now Barcelona is the best team in the Euroleague and tonight they showed their class and quality."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We managed to hold on in the third quarter, when they were putting on a lot of pressure. We played really well early in the fourth quarter and that allowed us to get the lead until the end. They missed 4 consecutive free throws when they had the lead; things like this can happen in a game. The most important thing is that we managed to stay focused, played our game, got a lead and stayed ahead until the end."
FC Barcelona Regal
"Other than a few minutes in the third quarter, in which they were really aggressive and got their own rhythm, we had good control of the game. Truth to be told, the atmosphere was great and winning here isn't easy at all. This win allows us to get to the playoffs. This was our initial goal and now we have to carry on."
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