On Wednesday night, Olympiacos Piraeus regained control of its best-of-five playoffs series against AS Monaco with a hard-fought and dramatic 83-87 Game 3 win at Salle Gaston Medecin.
The Reds used a big third-quarter run to open a double-digit lead before prevailing in dramatic final minutes to take a 2-1 series lead and get just one win away from returning to the Final Four for the first time in five years. Monaco rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to take an 80-79 lead with 90 seconds to go, but Olympiacos did not miss from the free-throw line the rest of the way to pull out a win. Kostas Sloukas paced the Reds with 21 points, while Sasha Vezenkov collected 17 points and nine rebounds. Thomas Walkup had 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds, and Tyler Dorsey scored 11 in the victory. Dwayne Bacon paced Monaco with a game-high 23 points on 5-for-9 three-point shooting. Will Thomas tallied 5 points and eight rebounds, Mike James had 13 points, eight assists, and five rebounds, and Donta Hall added 12 points in a losing effort.