'Cruised’ through Istanbul!

Olympiacos beat Fenerbahce in Istanbul 93-73, for the 22nd round of the Euroleague and remained at the top ranking spot.

The ‘red & whites’ played a perfect first half! The put pressure in defense, kept the Turkish team scoreless for almost five minutes (2-8 at 5’) and relying on their superiority at rebounding (5-170, but also their good percentages from the perimeter (6/9), got to built a 14p. lead (10-24). They did not stop there though… Relying on a consistently seminar worthy defensive game and with Giannoulis Larentzakis and Kostas Papanikolaou spearheading the offence, they increased the distance even further (26p., 23-49 at 18’) and closed the first quarter at +21 (30-51).

In the second half, Fenerbahce seemed willing to put pressure in the defense and fight for the upset, however, the ‘red & white’ defense and an excellent Isaiah Canaan from the three point line did not leave them any room to do that (+29, 46-75 at 29’). The hosts did not leave the fight though and with a rain of threes closed in at 13p. (66-79 at 35’). Olympiacos was quick to respond the same way… Thomas Walkup, Shaquielle McKissic and Kostas Papanikolaou found target from the perimeter, the difference went up to +23 (66-89) at 38’ and the victory was decided once and for all…

The quarters: 10-24, 30-51, 51-77, 73-93

* Giorgos Bartzokas did not have Kostas Sloukas and Alec Peters available for the rotation.

* Scottie Wilbekin was ejected with two technicals at 15’ .


Screenshot 2023 01 31 at 22 07 21 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs Olympiacos Piraeus 31 January 2023 19 45 EuroLeague


Screenshot 2023 01 31 at 22 14 14 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs Olympiacos Piraeus 31 January 2023 19 45 EuroLeague

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