The Olympiacos matched the defensive energy of a Real Madrid completely out of focus on the triple throw (3 of 24) and inflicted the first loss of the season (74-68) on the second day of the Euroleague.
From the very initial jump, Olympiacos imposed a very high game rhythm, aware that it was the only way to stand up to a thrown Real Madrid.
The defenses were clearly imposed on the attacks and the absence of triples in the first ten minutes, 0 out of 8 Greeks and 0 out of 6 whites, they determined a low score, 13-10, but a frenetic pace, with Sasha Vezenkov very successful and hyperactive.
Pablo Laso, Real Madrid coach, began to move the bench in the second quarter and after playing with four little ones and Olympiacos slightly marching on the scoreboard, 19-16 (min. 11.30), he gave way to his particular twin towers, Walter Tavares and Vincent Poirier, with which he equaled the rebound and unbalanced many of the actions.
Sergio Llull in the first possession of the second act he opened the melon of the triples, but it was almost a mirage because the Greeks scored 2 of 12 in the first half by 1 of 9 Real Madrid.
Thus, the game continued, with waste of energy by both teams, until reaching 35-36 with which both went to rest, after good moments from Nigel Williams-Goss (9 points) and that Kostas Sloukas also out of the highlights (6).
The dominance of Tavares at the start of the third act began to weigh on the scoreboard, 37-41 (m. 23), but two consecutive triples of Kostas Papanikolaou they raised (43-43, m. 24.30) an Olympiacos who showed the first signs of weakness.
The Madrid defense made up for the bad moments in attack, while Vezenkov shone again in some phases, leading the Greek attack.
At the end of the third quarter, 54-52, and all to decide in a total battle between two teams willing to leave every last atom of energy. Of course, with hardly any triples, 5 of 20 for the Greeks at this point and 2 of 16 for Real Madrid.
A Vezenkov triple and another followed by Giannoulis Larentzakis, 62-56 (m.33) set off the alarms at Real Madrid. More when on the next play Hassan Martin scored a 2 + 1 to make it 65-56.
Two good defensive deeds of Adam Hanga They gave air to Real Madrid, but the absence of triples, 2 of 22, in 68-58 (m. 35), prevented him from accelerating and getting into the game.
Tyler Dorsey appeared in the final minutes in attack to reassure an Olympiacos who knew how to handle the situation, with a small scare at 71-68 with 50 seconds remaining, before a Real Madrid out of focus for the lack of success in the shot.
– Data sheet:
74 – Olympiacos (13 + 22 + 19 + 20): Walkup (2), Dorsey (12), Fall (3), Vezenkov (16) and Papanikolaou (9) -starting five-, Lountzis, Larentzakis (8), Sloukas (9), Martin (7), Printezis (4) , Jean-Charles and McKissic (4).
68 – Real Madrid (10 + 26 + 16 + 16): Causer (2), Heurtel (7), Hanga (6), Yabusele (7) and Tavares (15) -starting five-, Williams-Goss (16), Rudy Fernández (2), Abalde (2), Poirier (6 ), Llull (5) and Taylor.
Referees: Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Fernando Rocha (POR) and Piotr Pastusiak (POL). Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the second day of the Euroleague played before 7,235 spectators in the La Paz y la Amistad pavilion in Piraeus (Athens).