Παρασκευή, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Μίλησε η πείρα...

Ο Ολυμπιακός κατάφερε στο τελευταίο 5λεπτο του αγώνα όπου μίλησε η εμπειρία της ομάδας και του αρχηγού Βασίλη Σπανούλη, να πάρει το ματς στη Ρωσία με τη Νίζνι και να τελειώσει την 1η φάση με 6-1. Η άμυνα δεν ήταν απόψε σύμμαχος των ερυθρόλευκων που αρκέστηκαν σε ένα πολύ καλό επιθετικά παιχνίδι και το πήραν απλά σκοράροντας περισσότερους πόντους από όσους έφαγαν.

Με εξαιρετική εμφάνιση στο 4ο δεκάλεπτο όπου μίλησε και η ψυχή του Σπανούλη (που για 35' δεν ήταν ιδιαίτερα καλός), ο Ολυμπιακός κατάφερε και πήρε το ματς. Σε όλο τον αγώνα οι δύο ομάδες ήταν κοντά στο σκορ και το φινάλε προμηνυόταν δραματικό... Στο τέλος όμως οι ερυθρόλευκοι διαβάζοντας σωστά τις φάσεις γύρισαν καλά και σκοράροντας κρίσιμα τρίποντα (2 ο Λοτζέσκι και 2 ο Σπανούλης - και τα μοναδικά τους) αλλά και έδωσαν και θέαμα (βλ. πως μοίρασε ο Σπανούλης που τον πήγαν double team στον Χάντερ). Έτσι πήραν τελικά τη νίκη με 82-91.

Ο Ντάνστον φορτώθηκε νωρίς με 3 φάουλ και δεν έπαιξε αρκετά. Άντεξε σήμερα ο Πέτγουεϊ που σκόραρε και καθοριστικά σουτ (12 π.). Μοναδικός και σήμερα ο Χάντερ (10 π. - 6 ρ.). Αν και άστοχος ο Σλούκας, έβαλε και αυτός κάποια κρίσιμα καλάθια ψυχολογίας (βλ. buzzer beater στη λήξη του 3ου). Σούπερ Πρίντεζης (MVP) με 20 π.. Ωραία κοψίματα ο Ντάρντεν που σκοράρει τα ποντάκια του (10 π.). Επιστρατεύτηκε και ο Καββαδάς να σπρώξει τον Παρακχούσκι που έκανε ζημιά στον Ολυμπιακό με 25 π. Θετικός ο Λαφαγιέτ στο λίγο χρόνο που έπαιξε (5 π. - 4 ασ.). Αμυντική συνεισφορά και από Μάντζαρη που πίεσε καλά στην άμυνα τον Ρότσεστι.


Spanoulis's late heroics lead Olympiacos to road win

Olympiacos Piraeus improved to 6-1 in Group F by downing Nizhny Novgorod 82-91 on the road on Thursday. Olympiacos got its second consecutive win and dropped Nizhny to 2-5. Georgios Printezis led the winners with 20 points. Vassilis Spanoulis added 13 points and 6 assists, Brent Petway scored 12 and Othello Hunter and Tremmell Darden each had 10 for Olympiacos. Art Parakhouski led Nizhny with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 11 rebounds. Taylor Rochestie added 18 points, Semen Antonov scored 13 and Tarence Kinsey 11 for the hosts. Thompkins and Parakhouski shined early to give Nizhny a 14-11 lead, but Darden and Petway helped the Reds tie the game, 24-24, at the end of the first quarter. Nizhny led most of the way in the first half and a layup by Parakhouski gave the hosts a 42-41 edge at the break. Parakhouski took over after the break and got plenty of help from Antonov for a 63-57 advantage late in the third quarter. Printezis and Matt Lojeski stepped up for Olympiacos and a three-pointer by Spanoulis gave Olympiacos the lead, 78-79, with four minutes left. Printezis and Spanoulis took over in crunch time and a dunk by Hunter sealed the outcome in the final minute.

First quarter: A run and gun showdown!

Vangelis Mantzaris banked in a running shot to get Olympiacos going. Parakhouski quickly answered with a close basket and a turnaround jumper by Darden gave Olympiacos a 2-4 lead. Antonov struck from downtown, but Darden nailed a stop-and-pop jumper. Parakhouski tied it at 6-6. Darden kept pacing Olympiacos with another jumper, which Trey Thompkins improved on with a three-pointer for a 9-8 Nizhny lead. Rochestie and Petway exchanged shots from downtown and a dunk by Parakhouski ignited the crowd at 14-11. Petway insisted from beyond the arc and after Thompkins hit free throws, a dunk by Bryant Dunston tied it at 16-16. Antonov sank his second three-pointer. Dunston scored again before free throws by Thompkins gave Nizhny the lead. Petway scored in penetration and a slam by Darden put the Reds back ahead, 21-22. Rochestie took over with a three-point play and Othello Hunter answered with a put-back to tie the game at 24-24 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Nizhny takes slim lead

Parakhouski took over with a put-back basket early in the quarter and he erased Printezis's free throws with a tip-in for a 28-26 Nizhny lead. Thompkins stepped up with another put-back layup. Hunter dunked and a five-meter jumper by Oliver Lafayette tied the game again, 30-30. An unstoppable Parakhouski and Printezis exchanged baskets before a jumper by Tarence Kinsey put the hosts back ahead, 34-32. Printezis scored in the paint, but Kinsey took over with a tip-in. A triple by Lafayette saw Olympiacos regain the lead, 36-37. Kinsey sank a one-handed floater and Printezis scored down low off a timeout, as Olympiacos played more physical with Vasileios Kavvadas guarding Parakhouski. Rochestie stepped up with a driving layup, but he didn't find much help around. Vassilis Spanoulis found Kavvadas for a layup, but Parakhouski gave Nizhny a 42-41 edge at halftime.

Third quarter: Parakhouski extends hosts' edge

Spanoulis hit his trademark driving layup soon after the break. Kinsey answered from downtown, as Nizhny tried a smaller lineup with Antonov at power forward. Parakhouski dunked again and followed that with a layup to make it a 6-point game. Olympiacos kept struggling to score and a layup by a red-hot Parakhouski caused the Reds to call timeout at 51-43. Kostas Sloukas tried to change things with a triple, but Parakhouski answered with an alley-oop layup. A dunk by Darden got Olympiacos within 53-48. Printezis and Sloukas hit free throws, but Rochestie shined with a wild three-pointer to make it 56-52. Antonov scored down low and erased Printezis's foul shots with a slam. Printezis and Antonov exchanged shots from downtown. Printezis, Levan Patsatsia and Dmitry Khvostov hit foul shots, but a big triple by Petway and a running jumper by Sloukas kept the Reds within 66-63.

Fourth quarter: Spanoulis steps up and wins it

Rochestie buried a six-meter jumper off the dribble early in the quarter. Petway hit 1 of 3 free throws and an alley-oop dunk by Hunter kept Olympiacos close at 69-66. Khvostov and Matt Lojeski joined the three-point shootout and free throws by Parakhouski made it a 4-point game. Lojeski insisted from beyond the arc, but Rochestie answered from downtown. Hunter kept Olympiacos within 76-74. Printezis nailed his trademark floater off the baseline, before Parakhouski scored around the basket. A three-pointer by Spanoulis completed the guests' comeback at 78-79 with less than four minutes left. Printezis hit a one-handed floater, which Kinsey erased with a step-back jumper. Spanoulis made 1-of-3 free throws, collected an acrobatic steal and found Hunter for a dunk that sealed the outcome, 80-84, with 43.6 seconds left. Nizhny did not recover and free throws by Spanoulis allowed him to celebrate the win.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Euroleague.net

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