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EUROLEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON (ROUND 27)
|Crvena Zvezda||64 - 66 (OT)||Olympiacos|
|(9 - 17)
(17 - 30)
(43 - 42)
(58 - 58)
(64 - 66)
With a shot that mirrored the one that gave Olympiacos the 2012 Euroleague Title, Olympiacos defeated Crvena Zvezda 64-66. Printezis was the hero once again as his winning shot mathematically secured Olympiacos home court advantage for the playoffs.
Olympiacos celebrated victory in overtime over their brothers, Crvena Zvezda, to mathematically secure home court advantage for the Euroleague playoffs. Like Olympiacos’ last outing in the Euroleague against Galatasaray, the Greek side had a treemendous first half but failed to show up up after the halftime break.
Olympiacos took a 13-point lead into halftime (17-30), holding their opponents to only 17 points in the opening half, however an 18-0 Crvena Zvezda run between the third and fourth quarters gave the hosts an eight point lead (50-42). Olympiacos responded with Agravanis, who scored 11 straight points, keeping his side in the game as normal regulation ended 58-58.
In overtime, the two teams were neck and neck however Printezis proved to be the hero once again for the Greek Champions. With 3 seconds left to play, the Greek power forward took the pass from Green to score the winning shot of the game with his famous “hook shot.” Printezis’’ winning shot mirrored the one that gave Olympiacos the 2012 Euroleague Title against CSKA Moscow in the Poli (Istanbul).
Papanikolaou and Agravanis were Olympiacos’ best players on the night with 18 and 17 points, respectively. The hero, Printezis, finished with 15 points. For the first time in his career, Spanoulis went without scoring in a Euroleague game.
With the win, Olympiacos will have home court advantage in the Euroleague playoffs for the first time since 2013. They sit third in the standings with a 19-8 record, only one win behind CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid.