Olympiacos crush Crvena Zvezda to reach EuroLeague summit
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 8
|Olympiacos||85 - 59||Crvena Zvezda|
|(22 - 13)
(47 - 37)
(67 - 49)
(85 - 59)
Olympiacos find themselves back in a tie for top spot after an impressive 85-59 defeat of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Friday night…
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Fresh off of a thrilling overtime win over Fenerbahce on Wednesday night, Olympiacos returned home to face a Crvena Zvezda side reeling from three consecutive losses.
After Brian Roberts’ clutch performance in Turkey earlier in the week, it was time for Serbian international Nikola Milutinov to put in a vital performance; the former Partizan Belgrade man notching a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Hollis Thompson would lead all Olympiacos scorers with 14 points, while Taylor Rochestie’s 20 points for the visitors was in vain as Crvena Zvezda slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Olympiacos took the initiative early on and by the end of the first quarter the Piraeus giants had a nine-point lead at 22-13. That lead would extend by one-point by halftime as both sides put up a combined total of 49 points in the second frame, though Olympiacos would come out in front (25-24) to further pad their lead.
Olympiacos’ dominance continued in the third quarter as the Erythrolefki cemented a double-digit lead with a 20-12 run. Thompson and Jamel McLean gave Olympiacos their biggest lead of the night at 18 points, though that lead could have been 21 points had Ioannis Papapetrou’s made buzzer-beater attempt from his own end been counted – the Greek international just missing on getting his shot off on time.
The lost points wouldn’t discourage Olympiacos, however, as Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ men continued to cruise with an 18-10 run in the final frame to round out the club’s biggest win of the season.
Olympiacos now sit level with CSKA Moscow atop the EuroLeague standings with a 6-2 record, though the latter’s higher points differential has the Russian side slightly ahead. A fourth straight loss sees Crvena Zvezda at the opposite end of the table as the Serbian Champions find themselves in the EuroLeague basement after eight rounds of action.
Olympiacos will look to keep pressure on CSKA when they travel to Italy to take on Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan, while Crvena Zvezda could do with a rebound at home against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz.