Olympiacos hold off Bayern
Peace and Friendship Stadium, Piraeus, Greece – Georgios Printezis notched a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and scored the go-ahead bucket with two minutes left as defending Euroleague champions Olympiaco Piraeus squeaked by an upset-minded Bayern Basketball 88-83.
Printezis bucket was part of a 12-0 run that helped Olympiacos (3-0) avoid a shocking loss at home against debutants Bayern (2-1) who had taken a 76-71 lead with less than six minutes to play. The Greeks held Munich scoreless for the next five minutes and after Evangelos Mantzaris’ three-pointer to make it 83-79, the game was all but won. Olympiacos proceeded to miss five of their next six free-throw attempts to give the Bavarians a chance.
Heiko Schaffartzik, who was instrumental in the comeback hitting big-time treys, missed a free-throw that would have tied the game at 84, and leading scorer Malcolm Delaney was not awared free-throws on an apparent foul from behind on a three-point attempt that would have given the game’s leading scorer at 20 points a chance to tie the game. Piraeus clinched the game with free-tro
Despite the loss, Bayern sent out a message to the Euroleague and the defending champs that they can be a force to be reckon with this season. Down 64-49 and fading midway through the third quarter, Delaney and Schaffartzik sparked a 27-7 run to earn the late lead.
The two teams will meet again December 5th in Munich at the Audi Dome.
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