After the great win of Olympiakos against Anadolu Efes last night at Turkey, coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and the players of the Piraeus team couldn't hide their happiness about the result which gave their team even more possibilities to qualify at the Euroleague's quarterfinals: Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ): 'It was a very important game for both teams. I think we deserved the win, since we were concentrated at the most time of the game, we controlled it better, although in basketball you should never say that the game is over before its end. There was too much pressure in both teams; there were many mistakes in the game. Anadolu Efes made mistakes first, especially in the first half. But we made all ours throughout the end of the game. Luckily, we didn't pay for those mistakes. Our team is very young, the players play together not a long time now, especially since the two new Americans joined our team just last month. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) did great jobs tonight, but I don't want to talk about the individual efforts; the whole team did a great job tonight. We want to dedicate this victory to the 21 dead children and their families who 31 years ago, at this day, died in the football game Olympiakos - AEK' Georgios Printezis: 'It's an important day for our fans (31 years of the tragedy of Gate 7 were completed yesterday), to whom we want to dedicate our win. It's an important week for us. We were focused, we did what we had to do. At the end of the game we felt more stress and we came up with wrong choices. However, what counts is that we won. Even now, though, we have not achieved anything; we should keep on like that' Kostas Papanikolaou: 'It's a very important day for Olympiakos today and we all know why. I want to dedicate the victory to the families of the victims of the 'Gate 7' and wish them the best life then, although I know the loss will always hurt. I hope nothing similar will happen ever again. We were almost to lose the game due to our mistakes, but at the end we succeeded. The coach trusts me, I feel 100% ready and I did not grow as a man just in a single day as many say. I want to work every day and give what I been asked by the coach'.
Vassilis Spanoulis carries Olympiacos to A1 title - May 30, 2016
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FINAL Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 81-82 Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level thi... [read more]
Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level things up. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists and Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Olympiacos' coach Giannis Sfairopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international point guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Nikos Pappas (194-90) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 25+6ast, O.Hunter 14+7reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+6reb+2ast, E.Mantzaris 13+2reb, D.Agravanis 8+9reb, D.Hackett 4+1reb+2ast Panathinaikos: N.Pappas 16+9reb, D.Diamantidis 15+6reb+6ast, J.Gist 15+7reb+2ast, N.Calathes 12+8reb+4ast, G.Papagiannis 7+4reb, A.Fotsis 6+8reb+1ast
AEK Athens earned the Bronze medals. They defeated Aris to win the consolation final series 3-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aris won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who scored that evening 24 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) supported him with 22 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Okaro White (206-92, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Aris. Point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 17 points for lost side. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: AEK Athens: M.Hairston 24+4reb+5ast, J.Brown 22+2reb+3ast, D.Sakota 14+3reb+4ast, M.Antonio Carter 7+3reb+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+8reb, G.Kalambokis 6 Aris: D.Waters 17+1ast, O.White 16+7reb+3ast, J.McNeal 13+2reb+2ast, J.Cohen 10+5reb, T.Zaras 6+3reb, V.Xanthopoulos 6+4reb+4ast
Icelandic Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Doxa Pefkon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 30. The 27-year old center had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Doxa Pefkon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Iraklis (#9, 12-16) 73-66. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Doxa Pefkon maintains the 11th position... [read more]
Icelandic Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Doxa Pefkon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 30. The 27-year old center had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Doxa Pefkon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Iraklis (#9, 12-16) 73-66. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Doxa Pefkon maintains the 11th position in Greek A2. Doxa Pefkon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-17 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Thorsteinsson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson averages this season 11.9ppg and 7.9rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old power forward Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of Doxa Lefkadas. Manousos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Doxa Lefkadas lost that game 72-78 to the lower-ranked Psyhiko (#8, 14-14). Doxa Lefkadas managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Manousos is a newcomer at Doxa Lefkadas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
The third best performed player last round was Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of Iraklis (#9). Despos showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Despos' great performance Iraklis lost 66-73 to slightly lower-ranked Doxa Pefkon (#11, 11-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Iraklis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Despos could help Iraklis to bring them higher in the standings. Despos has a great season in Greece. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76) of Faros - 19 points and 4 rebounds 5. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ethnikos - 20 points and 3 rebounds 6. Thomas Nikou (185-PG-80) of Psyhiko - 11 points and 8 assists 7. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Angelos Tsamis (192-SG-81) of Promitheas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Efthimis Kothras (193-G-81) of Iraklis - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Sakis Karydas (182-G-79) of Doxa Lefkadas - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Dionysios Giannakopoulos extends with Lavrio - May 29, 2016
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Lavrio extended the deal with Dionysios Giannakopoulos(195-G/F-82). The veteran will enter his 12th straight season with the team. Last season Dionysios Giannakopoulos tallied 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in A1. Dionysios Giannakopoulos was named All-Greek A2 Co-Guard of the Year back in 2015. He was also named All-Greek A2 Player of the Year back in 2011. [read more]
Lavrio extended the deal with Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82). The veteran will enter his 12th straight season with the team. Last season Dionysios Giannakopoulos tallied 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in A1. Dionysios Giannakopoulos was named All-Greek A2 Co-Guard of the Year back in 2015. He was also named All-Greek A2 Player of the Year back in 2011.
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