Olympiacos shine behind the arch to overpower Fenerbahce
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 21
|Olympiacos||95 - 70||Fenerbahce|
|(34 - 18)
(45 - 36)
(71 - 54)
(95 - 70)
An early first quarter surge put Olympiacos on the right path in a blowout win over EuroLeague Champions Fenerbahce on Thursday night…
Olympiacos scored nearly a third of their points in the first quarter as the Erythrolefki pulled-off a 95-70 blowout of defending EuroLeague Champions Fenerbahce at the Peace & Friendship Stadium.
Janis Strelnieks and Vassilis Spanoulis each scored 19 points as Olympiacos returned to the win column in the EuroLeague after back-to-back losses in all competitions. Strelnieks shooting from three-point range was the most impressive as he went 4/4 from long distance, while all of Olympiacos’ shooters shot an impressive 76.5% from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, it was a night to forget for Fenerbahce guard Kostas Sloukas as the Greek international’s return to face his former club didn’t go to plan with Sloukas held off the scoresheet and held to just under eight minutes of playing time.
Ali Muhammed led Fenerbahce scorers with 24 points off the bench as he nearly outscored Fenerbahce’s starters who tallied just 25 points combined on the night.
Olympiacos took control early as Fenerbahce appeared frozen from tip-off. Strong team play saw Olympiacos take a commanding 34-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fenerbahce would pull within nine points (45-36) after an 18-11 run in the second quarter, but another strong quarter in the third frame saw Olympiacos restore their double-digit lead (71-54) heading into the fourth quarter.
There would be no fourth quarter heroics for Fenerbahce as the Turkish side couldn’t muster anything offensively, despite Muhammed’s best efforts on the night. Olympiacos rounded out the win with another dominant quarter as the Erythrolefki completed a sweep of the season series against their Aegean rivals.
The win sees Olympiacos pull level with Fenerbahce for second place in the EuroLeague standings, while Real Madrid also joins the pair of clubs following their loss to leaders CKSA Moscow. Friday’s action in the EuroLeague could see Panathinaikos leapfrog the trio for second place in the standings, though Olympiacos will be satisfied with still being in the conversation for home court advantage in the playoffs after a turbulent stretch of games in January.
Fenerbahce will look to rebound when the Turkish side hosts Brose Bamberg next week, one day before Olympiacos clash with Real Madrid in the Spanish capital