Olympiacos did what he had to do and won against Besiktas 68-45 in the fifth day of EuroCup. The ‘’Reds’’ secured their qualification to the next round with this victory and focuses on the next game against TTT Riga for the first place of the group. Kaltsidou led with 20 points and Anderson added 19.
Olympiacos ran a 12-0 streak in the first four minutes of the game. In the rest of the first quarter, the ‘’Legend’’ kept the same tempo. Anderson, Macaulay and Spyridopoulou shined for a 22-7 Olympiacos lead at the end of first period.
Besiktas tried to close and started with a 6-0 streak in the second quarter. Increasing its defensive pressure, the Turkish players kept Besiktas within 25-17. Spyridopoulou and Kaltsidou added four points and helped the hosts to a double-digit margin, 29-17. Mazic scored a two-point shot to end the quarter with Olympiacos up 31-21.
The third quarter was characterized by the good defence both of the teams, especially for in first five minutes (35-24). A free throw by Kaltsidou and a two-point shot by Macaulay increased the margin to +16 (42-26) with Olympiacos keeping its strong defence. Sotiriou hit a triple to boost Olympiacos’ lead to +18 (47-29).
The fourth quarter started with a two-point shot for Olympiacos and then Besiktas reacted by running a 11-2 streak 11-2. A free throw by Kaltsidou and a three-point shot by Maltsi led the difference to +17 three minutes before the end. The game ended 68-45 and Olympiacos qualified to the next round of EuroCup.
The quarters: 22-7, 31-21, 47-29, 68-45
Olympiacos (Eleni Kapogianni): Mazic 4 (5 reb.), Stamati, Chatzinikolaou (8 as., 2 reb.), Nikolopoulou, Chalivera, Sotiriou 5 (1/1 3p), Anderson 19 (7/9 2p, 2 steals), Macaulay 10 (14 reb., 2 blocks, 2 st.), Spyridopoulou 7 (3 reb.), Balta, Kaltsidou 20 (4/10 2p, 2/6 3p, 4 reb., 5 as., 3 steals, 3 blocks)
Besiktas: Mosby 6, Zellous 11, Cigil 3, Erden Atacan, Ozelci, Dabakoglou 2, Siyahdemir 4, Perovanovic 4, Avci, Wheeler 10, Uzun 5