Olympiacos edge Real Madrid in OT showdown
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 11
|Olympiacos||92 - 83||Real Madrid|
|(18 - 28)
(34 - 30)
(56 - 47)
(72 - 72)
(92 - 83) (OT)
Overtime was needed as Olympiacos edged Real Madrid at the Peace & Friendship Stadium…
Olympiacos overcame a late Real Madrid resurgence in the EuroLeague on Friday night, as the Erythrolefki knocked off the visiting Spaniards 92-83 for a thrilling overtime victory.
Luka Doncic scored a personal best 33 points to help Real Madrid force overtime, but an immense 21-point performance from Georgios Printezis ensured Olympiacos would have the last laugh in the extra frame.
With Vassilis Spanoulis making his season debut in the EuroLeague, Olympiacos were in inspired form to start the evening and a 14-0 run in the first frame has the Piraeus giants up 18-8 after the first 10 minutes.
Real Madrid would respond in the second frame with a massive run of their own as the Spanish side cut the deficit to just four points at 34-30.
Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ team talk at halftime motivated Olympiacos in the third quarter with the Piraeus giants flexing their offensive prowess again to pad their lead by the end of the third quarter.
Staring at a nine-point deficit, the wake-up call didn’t come for Real Madrid until four straight free throws from Janis Strelnieks extended the Olympiacos lead to a game-high 13 points. After that, it was all Real Madrid as the Merengues would go on a 25-12 run to force overtime.
In the extra frame, the story was quite different. Doncic would continue to dominate for Real Madrid, but the true protagonist with Printezis as the Greek international single handedly put Olympiacos in front with dazzling displays inside the paint and out.
An emphatic dunk from Printezis would extend the Olympiacos lead, before a buzzer-beater from Kostas Papanikolaou sweetened the scoreline as Olympiacos won a thriller to improve to 9-2.
The win sees Olympiacos keep pace with CSKA Moscow for top spot in the EuroLeague standings, though the Russians hold the advantage thanks to a superior points differential.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are in a bit of a free-fall as of late with three straight losses to slip to 5-6; a streak they’ll look to end against domestic rivals Barcelona Lassa.
Olympiacos, however, have now won five straight games and will target six straight against Brose Bamberg next week before a showdown with CSKA in two weeks time.