Olympiacos sets club record with seventh straight EuroLeague loss
The downfall of Olympiacos continues in the EuroLeague, with the “Reds” suffering their seventh straight loss in the competition.
Olympiacos wanted to bounce back from their defeats in the previous six games, but was decimated by Baskonia.
The Basques took over from the second quarter onwards and crushed the Greeks at “Fernando Buesa Arena” (91-66).
The visitors led by double digits early in the contest (15-25), but the hosts turned things around quickly.
Thanks to a 28-7 run, Baskonia closed the first half in front by 11 (43-32) and never looked back.
Outscoring their opponents 48-34 in the second half, Baskonia earned an easy, yet crucial, home win.
“For us, there are no excuses. But for us there are injuries. We came here with a lack of players.
Around the 25th minutes, we just gave up, we stopped playing. We played without faith, without confidence.
We will do whatever we can to get back to playing with our normal confidence two days from now,” Giorgos Bartzokas, the head coach of Olympiacos, said afterwards.
Baskonia extended its winning streak in the EuroLeague to five games and maintained a playoff push (14-13).
On the other hand, Olympiacos lost their seventh straight (club record) and dropped to 11-16, being on the brink of elimination.
Fenerbahce returned to the winning track in the EuroLeague and bounced back from its loss to Anadolu Efes last week.
The Turks rallied past Armani Milano on the road (92-100) and made another step towards the EuroLeague playoffs.
Even though Fenerbahce led by as many as 10 points (65-75), the Italians turned things around late in the contest (81-82).
Yet, the visitors stood tall, closed the game on an 11-18 run and sealed the deal.
“We are definitely happy with the outcome of this game. We played a really good team regardless if they are missing Delaney, but sometimes you play your best game without your best players,” Fenerbahce head coach Igor Kokoskov told reporters, via EuroLeague.net.
Fenerbahce has now won 11 of their last 12 EuroLeague games and improved to 16-11.
On the other hand, Armani, who played without star guard Malcolm Delaney (knee injury), dropped to 17-10.
However, the hosts remained third in the standings, maintaining a EuroLeague top four push.
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