2014-15Regular SeasonRound 5
November 13, 2014 CET: 20:45

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.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB14
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Attendance: 7900
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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 PETWAY, BRENT 23:47 7 2/3 1/2     2 2 3     2   2 1 11
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 24:14 17 8/9   1/2 3 7 10       1   2 2 26
6 DUNSTON, BRYANT 15:12 8 3/7   2/2 2 4 6 1 2       4 2 11
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 25:41 16 5/7 1/4 3/3       7 1 1       6 24
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 17:45 1 0/2   1/1       2 1 2     1 1  
14 CHRISTODOULOU, ANTREAS 0:43                              
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIS 16:13 10 5/6 0/3     3 3 3         4 1 9
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 24:56 15 3/3 3/3   1 1 2 2   1     3 3 18
18 KAVVADAS, VASILIS 0:34           1 1               1
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIS 15:06 3   1/2         1 1       2 1 3
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 19:36 9 1/1 2/5 1/2   3 3 5   1     2 1 11
21 DARDEN, TREMMELL 16:13 7 2/3 1/3   1 2 3 2 1 1     3 1 7
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 93 29/41 9/22 8/10 8 23 31 26 6 6 3 0 23 19 122
        70.7% 40.9% 80%
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
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 30:43 8 1/4 1/5 3/4 1 3 4 1   2   1 3 4 3
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 20:11 5 1/7 1/4     2 2         1 2 3 -2
11 JAWAI, NATE 15:51 9 2/2   5/6 2 2 4     1     2 3 12
12 GONLUM, KEREM 16:43 6 2/3   2/3 2 3 5   1 2     1 3 10
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 7:21 3 1/2   1/2 2 1 3 2           1 7
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 16:48         1 1 2   2 1     2   1
21 ARADORI, PIETRO 21:28 7 2/5 0/1 3/3   1 1 2 1 1     3 4 7
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 24:38 14 2/5 2/3 4/4   1 1 2 1 1     2 4 15
32 GULER, SINAN 21:25 4 2/5 0/2   2 2 4     2     3   -2
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 18:40 10 1/4 2/5 2/2       2   1   1 1 1 4
34 ARAR, EGE 3:06     0/1                       -1
35 URAL, GOKTURK 3:06           2 2     1         1
Team           6   6           1   5
Totals 200:00 66 14/37 6/21 20/24 16 18 34 9 5 12 0 3 20 23 60
        37.8% 28.6% 83.3%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"I have to congratulate my players for their desire to defend. Without such a desire we can’t improve our game and this is what I told them in the lockerroom. We controlled the game for forty minutes and made it easy. I think we can play much better in both defense and offense, especially to make some things happen automatically. I am satisfied because we committed only six turnovers and dished 26 assists. I am insisting on defensive matters, because that’s basketball. If you are dedicated there, you may succeed, otherwise you fail. The players of Olympiacos are smart and have the quality to understand what to do in defense, play their roles and learn from the mistakes. There is no reason to be very enthusiastic, it is just a victory, but I am looking forward to have here our fans, as it happened tonight, to support our effort."
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for their win and the great basketball they showed tonight. Although the final 27-point margin is not the real difference between the two teams, the deserved to beat us. We were very soft in both ends of the court, made too many turnovers and lost control of the game very early. It was a really terrible game from our side, while Olympiacos had en excellent performance, led by Spanoulis. We had an opportunity to fight, but after a timeout they came back big and charged a big run that I don’t remember exactly."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"We had prepared to play a tough game but it was because of our performance that it didn’t happen. The explanation is simple: great defense in the first quarter, great offense in the fourth quarter. Generally, with an exception in the second period, we followed our plan and didn’t let Galatasaray play their game. Energy is coming from the defense, no doubt and this is the reason because we dished 26 assists and had good shooting and fast breaks."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We work hard every day in practice and this effort paid back. I think that we played very smart and didn’t allow them to be a real threat. Thanks to the good defense and the energy we had, we ran on the open court and had many easy points which is a key factor to win at home."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"From the very first moment that coach Sfairopoulos took over the bench he is talking about one thing, defense, defense, defense! Everything that happened tonight is because of the defense, the good ball movement and the right approach to the needs of the game."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is too early to say that this is the ultimate performance for Olympiacos. We are in the beginning of the season and I hope that better days are to come. Sure, having 5-0 is very positive and pushes our psychology, but the season is long and difficult. Tonight we took another stape forward, but there are many things to improve in our game. I didn’t like the fact that they bagged 26 points in the second quarter, even though most of them came fromthe free throws. The good thing is that despite the absences of Printezis, Lojeski and Papapetrou, we have 12 players ready to play and give their best."
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"First of all I feel good because I came back to my country and met a lot of friends, but on the other side I am very disappointed from our performance and the big defeat we suffered. Olympiacos defended on a very effective way from the very first moment, scored easy points and didn't let us to play our rhythm."
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"When you lose like that, there are not complicated things to talk about. We had a very bad game and they played great, this is the truth. They were very aggressive from the beginning of the match and had a system of playing in which we didn’t answer. We lacked energy and good decisions, we allowed them to score many easy points and when we cut the margin to ten points, they charged a 18-0 run and everything was over."
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