In a roller-coaster of emotions and after many missed free throws from both sides, Olympiacos takes the win over EA7. It’s the third consecutive loss by less than a basket. It’s a pian-free loss because Caja Laboral’s win over Cedevita, Olimpia’d have been eliminated in any scenario. Milano is out of the Euroleague with just three wins but many losses in the final minutes or even seconds, including the four losses in road games. Keith Langford scores 21 points. In the final possession his impact is huge but unfortunate in the end. Bourousis plays a very good game against his former team, Alessandro Gentile also plays well and Melli found his shooting rhytm back. But the next Euroleague game will take place next season and there are many regrets.
FIRST HALF – The first field goal belong to Ioannis Bourousis, amid a sea of boos. He makes a three. Olympiacos responds, Mantzaris’ three allows the home team to get up 8-6 after a 6-0 run. Josh Powell blocks a Bourousis shot and dunks at the other side. After the first time-out, Olympiacos is up 12-10 after a couple of great drives by Keith Langford, who adds the third and even the fourth following the break. With 8 points each for Langford and Bourousis, Olimpia closes the first period up 19-16. Five consecutive points by Alessandro Gentile allow EA7 to get up 27-20 early in the second. A 7-0 run by Olympiacos is capped by a three-point play and a reverse lay-up by Kule Hines. Coach Scariolo calls a time-out. Olimpia responds with two triples, one by Melli and another by Stipcevic. It’s 33-27 Olimpia but Olympiacos is still there, a Papanikolau’s three ties up the score a 34. There’s another tie at 38 when Omar Cook is sanctiones with a technical foul, Spanoulis makes the two free throws and ignites a 7-0 run to finish the half. Oluympiacios is up 45-38 and a devastating Spanoulis has scored 16 already.
SECOND HALF – Omar Cook makes a big steal off Spanoulis, then makes a corner three, Langford reaches the double figure for the 20th time in his last 21 Euroleague appearances, but Olympiacos is still up, 51-45 after three minutes and by five after the tv time-out and third foul called on Hairston. Olympiacos lead grows up to eight before Gentile making four consecutive field goals (a couple are very long twos) and a free throw by Langford capped a 8-0 run. It’s 62 all entering the fourth. In the fourth period, Olympiacos is riding Kyle Hine physicality in the middle to get back up by five, 71-66. Some good defensive possessions, using the zone 2-3, and a three by Cook push Olimpia within one point entering the last 4 minutes. Langford surpasses twice, on a running hook and a fallaway jump shot. In the middle Printezis scores and Spanoulis makes two foul shots. With 1:18 to play, Bourousis drwas a foul and makes both free throws, Hines converting an offensive rebound surpasses again. Ioannis dunks the ball for the lead. On the ensuing possession, Papanikolau from the left corner makes a three. Malik makes on of two from the line, 1/ 2 for Law, 1/ 2 for Langford, Papanikolau misses both but Law defends very well on Langford’s three to win the game and Olympiacos conquers the seventh in a row.