Olympiakos did not meet many problems in overcoming Bamberg in a fine 86-69 victory which along with a defeat for Real Madrid placed us in first place in the Euroleague group.
With the support of over 1500 schoolchildren from Rentis, Glyfada, Piraeus, Faliro, Keratsini and elsewhere also present alongside the usual impressive supporters, we made an uninspiring start to the game itself. Bamberg, as expected, entered the arena quite hard and moving the ball around quite well, imposed their own play onto us. The German team opened the scoring and soon mounted up a 7-12 advantage although we tightened our defence and with Nesterovic scoring five points by himself managed to bring the score down to 14-16 before finally finishing the first quarter with a 18-18 score.
When the second quarter started, we saw Mavrokefalidis and Papaloukas take some initiative in the game and put our team in front of the Germans with some impressive scoring. Bourousis also entered the game at this point and helped in the construction of some vital plays and helping moving the game quickly. Before long, we had moved in front score-wise and had reached a 7 point advantage (26-19).
Papaloukas and Mavrokefalidis also then combined together to really put the pressure on Bamberg increasing the score to 11 points (39-28) and finally 14 points at the halftime break (48-34).
During the second half of the game, Olympiakos did not lower its speed or its attack with Mavrokefalidis continuing his good work in front of the opponents area. Bamberg did have a temporary fightback to decrease the scoreline to 58-47 (+11) but the difference in quality was restored by Bourousis and the scoreline increased once again to 66-51 at the end of the period.
The fourth quarter saw us basically finish off the game although we fell back in performance in the final two or three minutes of the game. Again, Bourousis performed very well (along with Papanikolaou during this last quarter) and we finially finished the game with a 86-69 scoreline.
Olympiakos 86-69 Brose Baskets
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 18-18 Brose Baskets
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 48-34 Brose Baskets
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 66-51 Brose Baskets
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 86-69 Brose Baskets
Olympiakos : Papaloukas 10, Nesterovic 4, Spanoulis 16, Bourousis 12, Keselj 5, Mavrokefalidis 16, Nielsen 6, Papanikolaou 12, Teodosic 3, Loukas 2