Baskonia ruin Printezis’ special night
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 17
|Baskonia||84 - 75||Olympiacos|
(36 - 30)
(72 - 44)
(86 - 54)
Olympiacos were left to lick their wounds after a nightmare evening in the EuroLeague on Friday night…
On a night when Georgios Printezis tied Milan Tomic for the most EuroLeague appearances for Olympiacos, the Piraeus giants had their worst night of the season in an 86-54 loss at the hands of Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Despite the return of Brian Roberts and Janis Strelnieks to the lineup, Olympiacos couldn’t find their feet at either end of the court. A major Achilles heel on the night for the Erythrolefki was poor shooting from three-point range as Olympiacos shot just 5/30 from long range on the night – including an 0/23 stretch at one point.
Printezis was the lone Olympiacos player to reach double digits with 13 points, while Baskonia spread their scoring with Johannes Voigtmann notching 19 points off the bench.
Olympiacos would take the lead in the first quarter as the Erythrolefki looked keen to keep pace with CSKA Moscow atop the EuroLeague standings. A 21-16 after the first frame had Yiannis Sfairopoulos on track for a solid evening in Spain, but the tide quickly changed in the second quarter.
Baskonia’s tight defense was in full-effect as Olympiacos couldn’t muster much offensively and were limited to just nine points in the frame. Olympiacos’ scoring woes took effect just as Baskonia heated up at the other end of the court and the Spanish side managed to take the lead back by halftime at 36-30.
If the second quarter was bad, the third quarter was far worse for Olympiacos as Baskonia’s offense really started to click. A 36-14 run in the third frame along seemingly decided the outcome as the Spanish side extended their lead to 72-44.
Both sides gave playing time to their reserves to close out of the contest and it showed as neither side made a splash on the scoreboard in the final frame. Baskonia did stretch their lead, however, and with a 14-10 run in the fourth quarter sealed a famous win over Olympiacos.
The loss sees Olympiacos slip 12-5 and into a tie for second place in with arch-rivals Panathinaikos – one game back of leaders CSKA Moscow. Baskonia, however, improved to 8-9 and sit just one game out of the playoffs.
Olympiacos return to domestic duty at the weekend against Gymnastikos, before embarking on a tricky doubleheader against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Khimki Moscow Region.