Sloukas plays it to Tavares

a basket of Costas Sloukasanother Greek genius, this one from Thessaloniki, three seconds from the buzzer (87-89) keeps Olympiacos on top and undefeated. Those of Bartzokas start strong and put Madrid in a negative balance (1-2 in three days), which has two setbacks in two finals on the wire. This time he had just three seconds left after the final timeout. At the Palau, last week, he opted to win with a triple attempt by Llullnow Chus Mateo chose to force the extension: there was a pass to the post for Tavares, but with Moustapha Fall, 2.18, ahead, nothing was easy.

Sloukas had made Tavares fly in the previous action with a nice feint before concluding the inning, his sixth point in the last minute and a half (he finished with 14 and 7 assists). Vezenkov added even more and Walkup, Larentzakis, McKissic and Bolomboy were very good in certain phases. More solid defense denying the zone to a competitive Madrid always, although inconsistent at the back at times. In attack, he only added a basket of two more than three (15 to 14) with similar success and giving up the rebound, so he had to suffer and… he lost. New flashes of Cornelie, final appearance of Llull, and Musa accurate in receiving and throwing, without a bounce. Insufficient against such an adversary.

With the first doubleheader of the course, the start of the Euroleague is launched and, if the one who visits you is Olympiacos, which only Micic’s inspiration separated from the past final, the start is at full speed. Those from Piraeus arrived undefeated after scratching a victory in its premiere at the Palau. A declaration of intentions of the first magnitude. Bartzokas came to play his cards, many and varied, at the WiZink Center’s return to Europe six months later. Given the good starting defense on Vezenkov, it was Walkup who generated advantages with his approaches to the rim with the giant Moustapha Fall as an important pillar to limit Tavares on his own board and punish him on someone else’s.

Edy Tavares regrets the outcome of the match.

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Edy Tavares regrets the outcome of the match.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELAJournalAS

White’s defense was inconstant, they controlled the perimeter well, but gave up a few easy baskets after some mistake and allowed second chances, it was difficult for them to close the rebound as required by the opponent in front of them. There was a willingness to run with Chacho in charge and to pass (13 assists at halftime, 5 from Tenerife, and 23 and 8 at closing). A strong start with a very physical quintet with Hezonja and Deck on the wings and Yabusele and Poirier on the inside; however, with the ball he lacked forcefulness and Olympiacos recovered: from 15-11 to 16-20 with rotations at their peak. Musa came in, nailed two triples without a bounce (he ended up with four of that bill), added two fouls and sat down again.

Cornelia’s Appearance

Those of Chus Mateo enjoyed their best stretch with an atypical quintet with Chacho, Abalde, Hezonja, Cornelie and Poirier. Three of the signings. The French power forward, we refer to Cornelie, once again showed that he can contribute, each time something more coupled and with more confidence in his very good lateral shot. He hit a 3-pointer and repeated, but going inside out, dribbling backwards until he reached the line and shot. That is safety in his hand. At 37-29 the Greeks responded again, now with their main players: Sloukas and Vezenkov. The Bulgarian, formerly of Barça, accumulates Euroleague MVP numbers: 23 points, 12 rebounds and a PIR of 29 this time, our daily bread.

Sasha Vezenkov thus celebrates one of his actions.

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Sasha Vezenkov thus celebrates one of his actions.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELAJournalAS

The restart did not change the scenario, in bursts of one and the other, with Olympiacos running well with a grown McKissic, a very athletic forward, also in penetrations even against Tavares. The circular movements of those from Bartzokas near the rim, their blocking and continuation, always found a loophole in the local wall and their percentage of two exceeded 60%. Cracks that punished Real, which in the other zone did not find the same spaces, although it embraced the pass and the triple (it finished in 14 of 32, 44%).

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The beginning of the final act seemed to bring good things for Madrid, again with Cornelie and Poirier inside and with Llull successful: 76-70. And once again, the Hellenic high, weighed down the appearance of Larentzakis (9 of 15 in the triple in three days), of Bolomboy, the reading of Sloukas in the penetrations… Six points from the point guard from Thessaloniki in the last minute and a half, answered twice by Llull, they sent direct victory to the port of Piraeus. Because there was no third answer. With three seconds the ball went to Tavares, who tried the extension of half hook although against Fall and something far. The road goes uphill.


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Statistics

22

Eddy Tavares

28

Guerschon Yabusele

14

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13

Sergio Rodriguez

eleven

Mario Hezonja

23

Sergio Lull

1

Fabien Causeur

31

Dzanan Musa

17

Vincent Poirier

twenty-one

Petr Cornelie

6

Alberto Abalde

30

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Statistics

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22

Eddy Tavares

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28

Guerschon Yabusele

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14

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13

Sergio Rodriguez

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Mario Hezonja

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23

Sergio Lull

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1

Fabien Causeur

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31

Dzanan Musa

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17

Vincent Poirier

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Petr Cornelie

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6

Alberto Abalde

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30

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Olympiacos

Statistics

14

Sasha Vezenkov

10

Mustapha Fall

0

Thomas Walkup

77

Shaquielle McKissic

3

Isaiah Canaan

eleven

Costas Sloukas

5

Giannoulis Larentzakis

25

Alex Peters

twenty-one

Joel Bolomboy

4

Michaelis Lountzis

28

Tarik Black

9

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Statistics

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14

Sasha Vezenkov

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10

Mustapha Fall

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0

Thomas Walkup

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77

Shaquielle McKissic

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3

Isaiah Canaan

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Costas Sloukas

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5

Giannoulis Larentzakis

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Alex Peters

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Joel Bolomboy

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Michaelis Lountzis

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28

Tarik Black

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