Bartzokas: "We faithfully executed our plan" (vid)

Olympiacos got an easy victory against Baskonia 75-50 during the Euroleague premiere and this is due, according to the Olympiacos’ coach, Giorgos Bartzokas, to the fact that his players faithfully executed the plan…

“Congratulations to the team, the players and the fans on this first win. It’s always that the first game of the season, especially if at home, to be difficult and exact a lot of pressure. We were playing against a team that beat us twice last season. We were very consistent when defending and faithfully executed our plan. Our guards grabbed 13 defensive rebounds and that was a factor we had emphasided on. Despite not having shot well from the three point line, we had less than 30%, we got to win the game with ease. That was because we stole many balls, passed, had 20 assists and executed all things significant with basketball. I wish good luck to Baskonia in the upcoming games”.

The coach of the Spanish team, Dusko Ivanovic, pointed out: “Congratulations to Olympiacos, they played better than we did. We knew how Olympiacos can play and that they play aggressively. That was a big problem for us. In the first minutes we had already committed five turnovers and a total of fifteen in the first twenty minutes. From the moment they got to lead by twenty, it became difficult for us to play. Aggressive defense was a big problem for us, because it did not allow us easy shots and easy choices in the offense”.


It was the end of the '30s when the Olympiacos Basketball team was founded with players form the "Ionidio" School. Great personalities of Greek basketball wore the 'red' shirt, coaches wrote history, victories came and Olympiacos played a leading role inside and outside the Greek borders.

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