We achieved our objective of victory when playing Charleroi tonight and maintain our position at the top of the Euroleague group. We actually won the victory with some realitve ease although it had to be admitted that we did not reach the standard of play that we had reached in previous matches. Still we maintained the victory despite showing some weaknesses in our defensive play.
Charleroi started the game by trying to mark Nielsen out as the danger man but we quickly countered that by changing our playmaker to being Nesterovic instead and quickly built up a lead of 23-8 points. Charleroi didn't help themselves by creating 3 fouls in just three minutes and it looked like that victory was going to be certain from the start of the match.
However, after the first quarter Charleroi returned into the action and reduced our lead by 23-18 at the start of the second quarter. From this point onwards until half time, the point differential was never great than 10 points and Charleroi was pushing us hard in this quarter although we had returned to using Matt Nielsen as the primary scorer and Vasilis Spanoulis as his backup. It was obvious to most of the spectators that we were not playing with any great urgency and we reached halftime with only a 9 point lead with the scores 42-33.
After the half time break, we made some strides forward in increasing the point differential with Robe Nesterovic making a quality performance in the third quarter and pushing the score to 64-48. Nestorovic managed to achieve 8 point-breaks during this period.
In the fourth and final quarter, we let our advantage slide somewhat with the score changing to 69-59 and then 72-65 although Milos Teodosic managed to stabilise the team by some good play and we finally finished the match with a 86-78 scoreline. Not a brilliant performance by any stretch of the imagination, our defence was very shaky on a number of occasions but we got the victory that we deserved and we move onto our Rome visit from here.Videos
Olympiakos 86-78 Charleroi
1st Quarter : 23-16
2nd Quarter : 42-33
3rd Quarter : 64-50
4th Quarter : 86-78
Olympiakos: Nesterovic 18, Spanoulisv15, Bourousis 7, Keselj 3, Pelikanos, Mavrokefalidis 7, Nielsen 12, Papanikolaou 7, Teodosic 10, Loukas 7