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“Olympiakos Piraeus won the second consecutive and third overall Euroleague title on Sunday defeating Real Madrid 100-88 http://www.euroleague.net/main/results/showgame?gamecode=253&seasoncode=E2012#!boxscore in the final in London on Sunday after coming from 17 points down, with a dominant second half display on Sunday to win Europe’s premier basketball trophy for the second year running. This is also the third straight season that a Greek team has won the European crown after Panathinaikos in 2011 and Olympiakos in 2012.
Inspired by a vocal travelling support who defied Greece’s economic problems to make the trip to London, Olympiacos battled back from 27-10 down after the first quarter of the Euroleague final to take the lead early in the second half.
In an unusually high-scoring final, in the very way that suited Olympiakos, the Reds took victory not by strangling their opponent’s attack, as they had done in Friday’s semifinal against CSKA Moscow, but by beating Real Madrid in pace, teamwork and scoring in the second, third and fourth periods of the game.
They rarely looked threatened, shooting 39 points in the fourth quarter to clinch their third Euroleague title 100-88.
“(Madrid) scored some incredible shots in the first quarter, but we put a stop to that and started rebounding offensively, and I think that was the key to success in the end,” said Olympiakos forward Pero Antic.
The win was in a stark contrast to last year when it took a game-winning shot from Georgios Printezis at the buzzer to overcome CSKA Moscow.
Having defeated much-fancied CSKA again in Friday’s semi-final, the Greeks started slowly on Sunday and struggled against Madrid’s sharp shooting in the first quarter.
Real Madrid actually had a tremendous first quarter sinking in one three-pointer after another (five out of six), to lead 27-10 after the first 10 minutes of the game as Olympiakos had no answer to the tight defense of the Spaniards.
The Greeks, however, stormed into the second quarter by turning far more prolific in attack and frustrating Real Madrid most of the times. They started off with eight unanswered points (27-18) and kept eating into the Real lead ending the first half four points behind (41-37). Olympiakos’ trademark ironclad defense soon kicked in, allowing eight-times champions Madrid just 14 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third as Kyle Hines and Pero muscled out the Spanish forwards inside the paint.
The third period started with Olympiakos taking the lead (48-45) thanks to three consecutive three-pointers by hitherto scoreless Vassilis Spanoulis and stretched its advantage to 54-48 thanks to its tight defense.
Yet just like in the semifinal against Barcelona on Friday, Real Madrid raised its game led by Felipe Reyes and Marcus Slaughter to regain the upper hand with an 8-1 partial score (56-55) after 27 minutes.
The last quarter began with another crescendo by Olympiakos who went ahead by eight (70-62). Real chose a shorter and quicker team but even this was not enough to contain the fast game of the Greeks who advanced by 14 (84-70).
In the last few minutes Olympiakos maintained its lead to take his 5,500 fans at the stands of the O2 Arena to heaven.
Giorgos Bartzokas has therefore become the first Greek coach ever to win the Euroleague.
Spanoulis was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 22 points, all of them in the second half, followed by Acie Law with 20, Kyle Hines with 12, Costas Sloukas with 11, Pero Antic and Stratos Perperoglou with 10 each, Costas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis with five points each, Giorgi Shermadini with three and Josh Powell with two. Dimitris Katsivelis played without scoring. A 21-point haul for Rudy Fernandez, who quit the National Basketball Association to return to Madrid last year, could do little to stem the tide.
“Spanoulis’ three pointers changed the game’s rhythm while we were still working to get back into the game, but in the end they were able to control the (lead),” said Real coach Pablo Laso.
The team’s talisman Vassilis Spanoulis dominated the second half, shooting a total of five three-pointers and notching up four assists. He was voted the Final Four’s most valuable player for the third time and finished top scorer with 22 points.
“It has been a very difficult year - you know our budget,” Spanoulis said. “Our backs have been against the wall many times, but we have stayed together and fought back each time.” “This is a great joy for all Greeks in the tough period everyone is having at home,” said Spanoulis.
“Your great success in a top European club competition for a second consecutive year is a big example for all of us that with methodical work, dedication to the target and, above all, faith in our strengths we can reach the peak,” said Greek President Papoulias in a telegram to the team.”

“Olympiakos Piraeus won the second consecutive and third overall Euroleague title on Sunday defeating Real Madrid 100-88 http://www.euroleague.net/main/results/showgame?gamecode=253&seasoncode=E2012#!boxscore in the final in London on Sunday after coming from 17 points down, with a dominant second half display on Sunday to win Europe’s premier basketball trophy for the second year running. This is also the third straight season that a Greek team has won the European crown after Panathinaikos in 2011 and Olympiakos in 2012.
Inspired by a vocal travelling support who defied Greece’s economic problems to make the trip to London, Olympiacos battled back from 27-10 down after the first quarter of the Euroleague final to take the lead early in the second half.
In an unusually high-scoring final, in the very way that suited Olympiakos, the Reds took victory not by strangling their opponent’s attack, as they had done in Friday’s semifinal against CSKA Moscow, but by beating Real Madrid in pace, teamwork and scoring in the second, third and fourth periods of the game.
They rarely looked threatened, shooting 39 points in the fourth quarter to clinch their third Euroleague title 100-88.
“(Madrid) scored some incredible shots in the first quarter, but we put a stop to that and started rebounding offensively, and I think that was the key to success in the end,” said Olympiakos forward Pero Antic.
The win was in a stark contrast to last year when it took a game-winning shot from Georgios Printezis at the buzzer to overcome CSKA Moscow.
Having defeated much-fancied CSKA again in Friday’s semi-final, the Greeks started slowly on Sunday and struggled against Madrid’s sharp shooting in the first quarter.
Real Madrid actually had a tremendous first quarter sinking in one three-pointer after another (five out of six), to lead 27-10 after the first 10 minutes of the game as Olympiakos had no answer to the tight defense of the Spaniards.
The Greeks, however, stormed into the second quarter by turning far more prolific in attack and frustrating Real Madrid most of the times. They started off with eight unanswered points (27-18) and kept eating into the Real lead ending the first half four points behind (41-37). Olympiakos’ trademark ironclad defense soon kicked in, allowing eight-times champions Madrid just 14 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third as Kyle Hines and Pero muscled out the Spanish forwards inside the paint.
The third period started with Olympiakos taking the lead (48-45) thanks to three consecutive three-pointers by hitherto scoreless Vassilis Spanoulis and stretched its advantage to 54-48 thanks to its tight defense.
Yet just like in the semifinal against Barcelona on Friday, Real Madrid raised its game led by Felipe Reyes and Marcus Slaughter to regain the upper hand with an 8-1 partial score (56-55) after 27 minutes.
The last quarter began with another crescendo by Olympiakos who went ahead by eight (70-62). Real chose a shorter and quicker team but even this was not enough to contain the fast game of the Greeks who advanced by 14 (84-70).
In the last few minutes Olympiakos maintained its lead to take his 5,500 fans at the stands of the O2 Arena to heaven.
Giorgos Bartzokas has therefore become the first Greek coach ever to win the Euroleague.
Spanoulis was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 22 points, all of them in the second half, followed by Acie Law with 20, Kyle Hines with 12, Costas Sloukas with 11, Pero Antic and Stratos Perperoglou with 10 each, Costas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis with five points each, Giorgi Shermadini with three and Josh Powell with two. Dimitris Katsivelis played without scoring. A 21-point haul for Rudy Fernandez, who quit the National Basketball Association to return to Madrid last year, could do little to stem the tide.
“Spanoulis’ three pointers changed the game’s rhythm while we were still working to get back into the game, but in the end they were able to control the (lead),” said Real coach Pablo Laso.
The team’s talisman Vassilis Spanoulis dominated the second half, shooting a total of five three-pointers and notching up four assists. He was voted the Final Four’s most valuable player for the third time and finished top scorer with 22 points.
“It has been a very difficult year - you know our budget,” Spanoulis said. “Our backs have been against the wall many times, but we have stayed together and fought back each time.” “This is a great joy for all Greeks in the tough period everyone is having at home,” said Spanoulis.
“Your great success in a top European club competition for a second consecutive year is a big example for all of us that with methodical work, dedication to the target and, above all, faith in our strengths we can reach the peak,” said Greek President Papoulias in a telegram to the team.”

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