Olympiacos brush off Brose to keep EuroLeague streak going
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 25
|Olympiacos||89 - 78||Brose Bamberg|
|(27 - 19)
(42 - 42)
(69 - 61)
(89 - 78)
Olympiacos kept their grip on second spot in the EuroLeague standings after taking care of business against Brose Bamberg…
Vassilis Spanoulis’ 17-point, 8-assist effort led Olympiacos to their fifth straight win in the EuroLeague as the Piraeus giants fended-off Bros Bamberg 87-79 on Friday night in Piraeus.
After being rested during Monday’s derby clash against Aris in the Greek Basket League, Spanoulis returned to action to steer his side to victory with a team-high in point and just two assists off what would have been his first continental double-double this season.
Georgios Printezis, who overtook Milan Tomic to become Olympiacos’ all-time leading scorer in the Basket League on Monday, notched 16 points alongside both Nikola Milutinov and Jamel Mclean as Olympiacos’ depth proved to be a key difference between the two sides.
Olympiacos made sure that Daniel Hackett’s return to the Peace and Friendship Stadium wasn’t as memorable as the Italian international’s first trip back to Piraeus ended in defeat.
Brose were instead led by Dorell Wright’s 23-point effort, which kept Olympiacos in check despite the Erythrolefki leading from halftime to the final buzzer.
After a narrow loss in the first meeting between the two sides in Germany last autumn, Olympiacos knew the task at hand wouldn’t be easy and that awareness likely helped Olympiacos carve out a 27-19 win in the first frame.
Brose responded with an identical run of their own in the second frame to ensure a tie-game at halftime, but Olympiacos fired back right after the restart with a 9-0 run to pave the way to an important win for Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ men.
The win sees Olympiacos keep their tabs on second spot in the EuroLeague table in a tie with Fenerbahce, though Olympiacos own the tie-breaker with the Turkish Champions.
Olympiacos will look to extend their season-high winning run to at least one more game next week when Barcelona visits Piraeus.
Brose, who slipped to 9-16, will hope to at least improve on their finish from last season (10-20) when they host Anadolu Efes next week.