Credit: Olympiacos BC
Credit Olympiacos BC

Almost three weeks after their Greek Cup game, Olympiacos (9-1) and Ionikos (3-7) clashed again in Piraeus. The hosts prevailed easily this time as well by 109-65 (30-12, 25-24, 22-13, 32-16). This was their biggest win so far in the 2021-22 season.

2-pointers this season

57%
19,4
Points made: 19,4
Accuracy: 57,1%
Place in standings: 10
Record max: 25
Record min: 11
Most made 2FGs: Moustapha Fall

Giorgos Bartzokas had the chance to give ample playing time to Quincy Acy and Michalis Lountzis. The American big man scored his first Greek League points with Olympiacos, hitting a corner three early in the fourth quarter.

Acy logged 12 points on a perfect 4/4 from the field (2/2 two-pointers, 2/2 three-pointers) and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes.

"I can't say I'm happy about his performance, in a 35-game. He was hospitalized and I hope that he will be able to help us from now on," Bartzokas said after the game.

On the other hand, Lountzis showed some signs of his multi-faceted game with 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Kostas Sloukas had the chance to celebrate his 32nd birthday with a win - and a cake was waiting for him in the team's locker room.

The hosts went up 25-8 eight minutes into the game, with Sasha Vezenkov and Tyler Dorsey combining for 15 points and 7 rebounds, and cemented a double-digit lead which they comfortably preserved until the end.

Vezenkov finished with 16, Giannoulis Larentzakis added 15, and Dorsey another 13 for the winning side.

The Reds had some problems when using zone defense in the first half when Ionikos hit 6/12 three-pointers and scored 24 points in the second quarter alone.

"We were missing rhythm and took this game very seriously. It was a bad loss at Fenerbahce, now we're focusing on the next game. We need consistency because sometimes we play at a high level, but other times we lack certain things on defense," Moustapha Fall said post-game.

Credit Olympiacos BC

"In our last game against Ionikos, we showed up very laid-back," Giorgos Bartzokas noted.

"Tonight we played much better. Our team game was excellent, but we need to improve. Consistency is very important for us regardless of how tough our schedule might be.

The EuroLeague requires high levels of concentration. We have many difficult games ahead of us."

Eugene German, the Greek League's first scorer, produced 13 points for Ionikos who also had two Greek internationals in double digits, as guard Giannis Athinaiou dropped 11 points and center Kostas Gontikas another 10.

Olympiacos: Sasha Vezenkov 16 (6/9 FG, 3/4 FT, 6 REB, 3 AST), Giannoulis Larentzakis 15 (6/8 FG, 7 AST), Tyler Dorsey 13 (4/8 FG, 2/3 FT, 4 REB), Moustapha Fall 13 (6/8 FG, 1/2 FT, 5 REB), Quincy Acy 12 (4/4 FG, 2/3 FT), Kostas Sloukas 8 (5 AST).

Ionikos Nikaia: Eugene German 13 (5/14 FG, 1/2 FT, 3 AST), Giannis Athinaiou 11 (4/7 FG, 7 AST), Kostas Gontikas 10, Nikos Chougkaz 9 (3/10 FG, 3/7 FT, 6 REB).

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