Clearly improved. Olympiakos, although sweating in the end, prevailed over Alba Berlin in Germany with a score of 78-71, having Aaron Harrison and Vassilis Spanoulis as leaders. George Bartzokas distributed the time to all his players, the American guard was very positive in the first half, while also the contribution of Jean Charles was positive.
The “red and whites” made an excellent start in their friendly preparation in Berlin. Despite the 8-5 of Siva, Piraeus with Harrison for the top in the first ten minutes, led 8-12 running a 7-0 series.
Granger and Snyder again gave the lead to the hosts, but Ellis with a nail and Harrison with a new three-pointer made it 14-18. Papanikolaou sent the difference to 7 points, to close the quarter with 19-21.
From the moment Sloukas left for the bench, Olympiakos lost its. Mind. It is no coincidence that for a while the “red and whites” were left with 5 points in the attack, with Alba running a series of 10-5. Olympiakos put pressure on the defense for a while, but Siva with a layup scored 32-30, with the Piraeus team not giving up.
Harrison was again the player who stood out, while Jean Charles was dynamic on both sides of the floor. Although they still had a problem in their decisions, Bartzokas’ players found the composure to act and Harrison with a three-pointer at the end of the half, sent his team to +4 in the locker room (35-39).
Returning to the match, Olympiacos continued to be aggressive. Piraeus led 38-43 after a basket by Sloukas. Snyder and Sikma equalized, but Harrison and Sloukas created the new +4 of Olympiakos (43-47), with the hosts reducing to one point. Until Spanoulis gets ahead. The leader achieved 49-53 and 49-55, while Harrison and Vezenkov sent for the first time the difference over 10 points (49-60) with the tenth minute closing with 51-62.
Piraeus did not let go of the accelerator, Martin and Jenkins scored 53-67, with Bartzokas spending his second five on the floor for a while. The Greek coach insisted on the same teams and it was clear that he was not interested in the final result. Matiasek reduced to 56-69 and 62-69, Spanoulis “wrote” 62-71, but the hosts short-circuited Olympiakos and came even closer.
Sikma and Reneses’ pressure defense paid off. Tiemann and Siva reduced to 71-73, with Spanoulis finding Martin blind and forming 71-75 with a pick and roll and nailing. Olympiacos took the first friendly match in Berlin and tomorrow, at the same time, will give the second match with the players of Reneses.
The quarters: 19-21, 35-39, 51-62, 71-78