Euroleague Basketball's independent disciplinary judge has dismissed the protest concerning a clock malfunction during the final plays of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Week 4 game between Olympiacos Piraeus and Montepaschi Siena on Friday, January 18. The protest was filed by Olympiacos. After having evaluated all the necessary information, the independent judge states in his final decision:
After careful review of the facts, the Disciplinary Judge is of the opinion that, until the final whistle, both teams were unaware of the game clock malfunction and played accordingly
Both teams made use of the advantage given to them by the game clock malfunction.On the one hand, Olympiacos Piraeus had more time to put in place its offensive play, which could have paid off, had Mr Kyle Hines not missed from close range. Olympiacos Piraeus was also granted a time-out (within the litigious time-extension) and could have shot a winning basket. On the other hand, Mr Bobby Brown had more time to adjust his lay-up. In other words, the game clock malfunction was not to the only benefit of one team.
The Disciplinary Judge finds that there are no sporting reasons to order the replay of the game. It would otherwise lead to the unreasonable consequence that, because Olympiacos Piraeus missed its two opportunities to score during the last 10 seconds of the game, it would be given one more chance to change the outcome of the evening.
Such a result would be even less fair as a) it would be achieved through a protest (and not on the playing ground) and b) it was provoked by the defective equipment of Olympiacos Piraeus' own arena.
The very essence of sport is that competition is fair. Its attraction to spectators is the unpredictability of its outcome. In the case at hand and in spite of the game clock malfunction, those requirements are met. None of the teams enjoyed an unfair advantage over the other and the situation was uncertain as Mr Kyle Hines could have scored, Mr Bobby Brown could have missed and/or Olympiacos Piraeus could have successfully shot the last three-pointer.
As a result, the Disciplinary Judge considers that the score registered on the scoresheet is not abnormal and that his intervention in the present matter is not justified, either on factual or legal grounds.
It follows that the protest must be dismissed without any further consideration. This conclusion makes it unnecessary for the Disciplinary Judge to consider the other submissions filed by the parties. Accordingly, all other prayers for relief are rejected.
The Independent Judge also states in his decision the significant differences between this case and the precedent cited by Olympiacos Piraeus, a 2010-11 Eurocup game between BG Goettingen and Besiktas JK Cola Turka, in its official protest :
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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