Παρασκευή, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2010 00:23

Olympiakos 89-82 Virtus Roma

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We achieved our objective tonight and with victory over Virtus Roma, finished the group phase top of the table. Olympiakos started the game quite well, especially in the attack quickly building up an 18-8 lead by the 5' mark. However we were defensively poor and by the end of the first quarter, we had allowed Roma to equal us in the score 22-22.

Our coach Dudu, tried mixing up the team with the inclusion of Keselj, Nesterovic and Papaloukas however it was clear that we were playing somewhat nervously with the result that Virtus Roma kept the scoreline tight (28-26 at 14 minutes). The introduction of Teodosic brought some further defensive errors however he did also bring us 10 points almost on his own. He was aided in the attack by Keselj and Erceg and we did finally manage to tighten up the defence so that when the half time sounded the score was 45-37 in our favour.

After a delayed break at halftime, we came out but didn't change our output in our game. Nesterovic (with Keselj and Bourousis) increased the points diffential to 10 by the 26th minute (56-46) however defensively we made the same mistakes time and time again. A late flourish by Papaloukas allowed us to get an 11 point difference by the end of the 3rd quarter and we finished 64-53 to the good.

Spanoulis made the last quarter his own by scoring 8 points on his own (reaching a 15 point difference by the 34' mark) however we still managed to make several defensive mistakes and allowed Roma back into the game. Nesterovic and Spanoulis continued the good play but the score differential dropped to 11 points with a 79-68 scoreline and then a 83-72 score. We managed to keep a serious outlook to the game though and managed to maintain an advantage over Roma who first dropped the points differential to +10 (88-78) and then +7 (89-82) by the time the final hooter sounded.
The victory means we enter the last 16 teams topping our group.

Olympiakos 89-82 Virtus Roma
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 22-22 Roma
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 45-39 Roma
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 64-53 Roma
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 89-82 Roma

Olympiakos : Papaloukas 2, Nesterovic 14, Spanoulis 18, Bourousis 15, Keselj 9, Mavrokefalidis 6, Erceg 3, Teodosic 16, Halperin 2, Gordon 4

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