We won again last night, this time in Basketball away at the Voulgaroi. Even sweeter was the manner in which we won, stealing the match in the final minute to win 72-74.
We have Thursday's game with Poutanas Gios at OAKA on the 7th day of the Euroleague. This will be where we get to shut a lot of criticism up and smash the greens!
1st Quarter : Voulgaroi 23-14 Olympiakos
2nd Quarter : Voulgaroi 37-40 Olympiakos
3rd Quarter : Voulgaroi 51-52 Olympiakos
4th Quarter : Voulgaroi 72-74 Olympiakos
Olympiakos: Moon 11, Dunston 8, Spanoulis 6, Perperoglou 3, Sloukas 12, Collins 12, Simons, Lojeski 9, Printezis 8, Mantzaris 3, Kavvadas.
We travelled North to the bourdello of Toumba for todays game against the Bulgarians of PAOK. As it promised, it was a lively match with us working hard to control possession and also chase the ball when we had to. Eventually our hard work and persistance broke down the Voulgaroi defence and it was Djebbour with a cannon of a shot who opened the scoring. Djebbour's goal marked his 9th in 8 matches and possibly the best of those 9 scored so far. An absolutely superb shot to put the filth chasing the game and shut up the catamites in the stadium.
We should have increased our lead during the second half but profligacy from Machado wasted a couple of chances whilst Fuster had a good shot on goal but found his effort and a little more power would have probably doubled the scoreline. Fuster had another superb chance to score later in the match but managed, inexplicably, to fire his shot wide of goal. The Voulgaroi managed to steal a draw right at the end of the game following three fairly insipid substitutions which failed to address any shortcomings in the teams play and removed any sort of attacking flair.
Rubbish performances from Machado and Fuster which unfortunately were never addressed, poor also from Modesto and Torosidis - However a good performance from Djebbour who scored the goal.
Voulgaroi 1-1 Olympiakos
Olympiakos : Carroll, Torosidis, Manolas, Siovas, Holebas, Maniatis, Modesto (77' Fejsa), Machado, Fuster, Abdoun (87' Greco), Djebbour (71' Mitroglou).
The fixtures for the upcoming season were pulled earlier today. We have a tough start to the season with all of the derbies in the first half being played away from home. We have the two main derbies within 2 matches of each other on days 12, 14, 27 and 20 respectively.
Heres the full list :-
1st Matchday : Veroia - Olympiakos
2nd Matchday : Olympiakos - Levadiakos
3rd Matchday : PAS Giannina - Olympiakos
4th Matchday : Olympiakos - Panthrakikos
5th Matchday : Atromitos - Olympiakos
6th Matchday : Olympiakos - Asteras Tripolis
7th Matchday : Olympiakos - Skoda Xanthi
8th Matchday : Aris - Olympiakos
9th Matchday : Olympiakos - OFI
10th Matchday : AEK - Olympiakos
11th Matchday : Olympiakos - Kerkyra
12th Matchday : Voulgaroi - Olympiakos
13th Matchday : Olympiakos - Platanias
14th Matchday : Poutanas Gios - Olympiakos
15th Matchday : Panionios - Olympiakos
16th Matchday : Olympiakos - Veroia
17th Matchday : Levadiakos - Olympiakos
18th Matchday : Olympiakos - PAS Giannina
19th Matchday : Panthrakikos - Olympiakos
20th Matchday : Olympiakos - Atromitos
21st Matchday : Asteras Tripolis - Olympiakos
22nd Matchday : Skoda Xanthi - Olympiakos
23rd Matchday : Olympiakos - Aris
24th Matchday : OFI - Olympiakos
25th Matchday : Olympiakos - AEK
26th Matchday : Kerkyra - Olympiakos
27th Matchday : Olympiakos - Voulgaroi
28th Matchday : Platanias - Olympiakos
29th Matchday : Olympiakos - Poutanas Gios
30th Matchday : Olympiakos - Panionios
We didn't play especially well at Basketball today (against Voulgaroi) but well enough to win the match and advance to the semi-finals. We started off the game well enough but then allowed the opposition to pull level and then move in front of us. We recovered to tie the first quarter of the game and then set ourselves up to go a bit further in the game. The second quarter saw us fall behind initially before we improved and overtook for the second time, this time keeping the lead until the end of the game.
The third quarter saw us move further in the lead before we had a slight slip in points in the final quarter. However we had enough of a lead to finish the game off and advance to the next stage where our opponent will be Panionios.
Voulgaroi 61-68 Olympiakos
1st Quarter : Voulgaroi 20-20 Olympiakos
2nd Quarter : Voulgaroi 31-37 Olympiakos
3rd Quarter : Voulgaroi 46-55 Olympiakos
4th Quarter : Voulgaroi 61-68 Olympiakos
Olympiakos : Hines 4, Low 9, Antic 12, Spanoulis 15, Dorsey 11, Pelikanos 4, Printezis 2, Papanikolaou 2, Mantzaris 6, Sloukas 3
We grabbed an easy win today after beating the Voulgaroi 81 points to 53 in the first play off match of the A1 Basket season. If we win again on visiting Salonika, we will advance to the semi-final play-offs where we will face either Panionios or Rethymnon. Antic was the top scorer in the game with 18 points whilst the next best scores can from Spanoulis with 12 points and then Printezis with 10.
The first quarter started off well enough for us with us building up a lead of 14 points without any reply at all from the opposition. We continued with a top performance and took at 28 point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Our good play continued in the second quarter with Antic leading the attack. The Voulgaroi fought back in this quarter after we had gone 33 points ahead and reduced our lead to 26 points by the end of the first half. As the team left the arena, they were applauded for their efforts.
The third quarter had an even bigger performance from our team and we went on the offensive once again. At one stage we went forty points in front but finally finished with a 35 point lead instead. We had changed some of the roster around to give time to the other players on the team.
The last ten minutes were a bit of a mess for us. We made several errors and our attacks broke down too often. This allowed our opposition to get back into the match and reduce their defecit although we easily won the game.
Olympiakos 81-53 Voulgaroi
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 34-6 Voulgaroi
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 57-21 Voulgaroi
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 72-37 Voulgaroi
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 81-53 Voulgaroi
Olympiakos : Sloukas 5, Spanoulis 12, Antic 18, Hines 4, Dorsey 6, Printezis 10, Mantzaris 4, Keselj 4, Low 4, Papanikolaou 7, Gecevicius 3, Vasilopoulos 4