Olympiacos find scoring touch rout of Maccabi
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 18
|Olympiacos||94 - 64||Maccabi Tel-Aviv|
|(24 - 16)
(53 - 40)
(70 - 51)
(94 - 64)
Despite owning the lowest-scoring offense in the EuroLeague, Olympiacos’ offense found its groove in a rout of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv…
Just four days removed from a nightmare evening in Spain against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Olympiacos found their scoring touch to rout Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 94-64 at the Peace & Friendship Stadium on Tuesday night.
Olympiacos did well to rebound from last week’s nightmare loss at the hands of Baskonia, with the Erythrolefki notching their biggest win in EuroLeague action in seven years.
After being held to just 54 points on Friday night, Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos scorers with 13 points on a night when the entire squad managed to find the scoresheet.
Despite the landslide score, it wasn’t all good news for Olympiacos as Jamel McLean was forced to leave the game due to injury after just five first-half minutes.
Maccabi faced their own injury problems before even making the trek to Piraeus as the Israeli outfit arrived in Greece without the services of Jonah Bolden.
Bolden’s absence didn’t appear to slow down Maccabi in the early going, but a late surge from Olympiacos in the first quarter saw Yiannis Sfairopoulos assume control of the contest with a 24-16 lead at the end of the first frame.
Pierre Jackson, who led Maccabi’s scoring efforts with 13 points, did his best to keep his side in the game; however, Olympiacos would still managed to pad their lead before halftime as the Piraeus outfit opened up a 53-40 gap after two quarters.
Maccabi would prove to be no match for Olympiacos in the third quarter as the home side continued to pile on the offensive pressure all the while limiting Maccabi at the other end of the court.
A 17-11 run in the third frame seemingly put the contest out of reach at 70-51, though Olympiacos didn’t slow down offensively in the final frame as another dominant quarter helped Olympiacos round-out an impressive 30-point win.
The win sees Olympiacos improve to 13-5 on the season in the EuroLeague to keep ahold of second spot in the league standings, while Maccabi’s strong start to their campaign has quickly faded with the Israeli side now just 9-9 on the season.
After back-to-back 90+ performances in all competitions, Olympiacos will look to bottle their explosive offense as the Piraeus side face a tricky trip to Moscow to take on Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday – the same day Maccabi host Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade.