Thrylos showed the character of a truly big team in the city of Istanbul tonight, overcoming Fenerbahce by 65 points to 80. After the game, Olympiakos finished first in the group and will have the advantage of home in the playoffs for the Euroleague. Erceg and Spanoulis showed themselves incredible tonight whilst Gordon, Mavrokefalidis, Papaloukas and Nesterovic played well.
Olympiakos started the game with a pentad of Teodosic, Spanoulis, Papanikolaou, Erceg and Mavrokefalidis and we played an exceptional defensive game in the opening 5 minutes of the match. In the attack, Spanoulis, Erceg and Mavrokefalidis all made good work in the attack and so we were 13-6 up before long. The Turkish side improved their defence though and with some individual plays from their players decreased the score to 15-14. Erceg and Spanoulis again took the lead with a 5 point break and brought up the difference to +6 points (20-14) but we ended up slipping back and finishing the first period barely ahead 20-18.
Dusan Ivkovic saw that Teodosic was not having a good evening and so various players were tried in his place along with giving Spanoulis and Erceg a rest. The ganme was tied for points right on the ten minute time but Fenerbahce managed to grab a further two points to finish the first half 36-34 in front.
The second half started off reasonably well for our team again, Erceg scoring again to bring the score to 38-37 but we then allowed Fenerbahce to make a seven point break in the following two minutes and let them get 45-37 in front. This is simply because we had lost our concentration in both defence and attack. Papaloukas and Teodosic continued in the field for the time being with the result that one bad decision followed another on the court and the Turks increased their break to 11 points (49-37), five minutes before the end of the third period.
Six minutes had passed in the period before we woke up properly. The entrance of Gordon and Mavrokefalidis added some stability to our team and so we brought the score back to 51-45, two minutes before the end of the third period. Papaloukas and Erceg also now helped with the score and we ended up with a score of 55-54 at the end of the period.
In the last quarter, Gordon played an astonishing defence and he was matched in his excellent play by Mavrokefalidis and Papaloukas. These three players helped the team make an 8 point break so that we led once again 55-62, six minutes before the end of the game. Erceg continued with his play and shot two baskets to bring the score to +9 (57-66). Spanoulis then brought the score to +11 (64-75) with some amazing play in the final period. We tried to chase +14 and we finally managed this in the last minute of the game with a score of 65-80 (+15)
Fenerbahce Ulker 65-80 Olympiakos
1st Period : Fenerbahce Ulker 18-20 Olympiakos
2nd Period : Fenerbahce Ulker 36-34 Olympiakos
3rd Period : Fenerbahce Ulker 55-54 Olympiakos
4th Period : Fenerbahce Ulker 65-80 Olympiakos
Olympiakos (Ivkobic): Papaloukas 9, Nesterovic 16, Spanoulis 12, Pelikanos, Mavrokefalidis 16, Glyniadakis 2, Papanikolaou, Erceg 21, Teodosic 2, Gordon 2.