The Greek giant Olympiakos continues its punitive action in the Euroleague. Alexander Vezenkov’s team also scalped Real Madrid as a guest, beating them 89:87 (20:21, 17:17, 26:24, 26:25) in a titanic clash played at the WiZink Center in the Spanish capital. Before that, the “red and whites” beat Barcelona at Palau Blaugrana and Zalgiris at home.
Thus, Olympiakos is one of the four teams without defeat so far in the tournament. The others are Fenerbahçe, Baskonia and ALBA Berlin.
Bulgarian national Alexander Vezenkov once again lectured his opponent and was most useful on the floor. The wing recorded a double-double for his team’s success with 23 points and 12 rebounds. He added another steal for an ERA of 29. Our best basketball player recorded a third straight game with 20 or more points. In the first round, he scored 20 in the victory over Barcelona, and then scored 23 against Zalgiris.
Sasha Vezenkov off the ball is the best in the EuroLeague.
How many times have we seen this early cut when Sloukas drives in and he fills in behind? pic.twitter.com/1CsZkbzgXK
— Augustas Šuliauskas (@augis04) October 19, 2022
The match was extremely even, and Vezenkov was the leader of his team in the first 30 minutes. At halftime, the visitors had a 37:38 lead. In the third part, the two teams fought hard and the distance did not increase to more than five points in favor of either team. In the end, Olympiakos led by a point at 62:63 before the start of the final quarter, in which Real Madrid dictated the events until the last two minutes. The visitors then returned their lead after a three-pointer by Iannoulis Larendzakis and a basket by Kostas Slukas. Again Slukas converted for 89:87 3 seconds before the end, and then Valter Tavares missed his shot and so the victory went to Olympiakos.
— Olympiacos BC (@olympiacosbc) October 19, 2022
Sloukas added 14 points and 7 assists for the winners, while Joel Bolomboy had 11 points and Shaquille McKissick added 10 more.
For Real Madrid, Giannan Moussa was the top scorer with 17 points, while Walter Tavares and Sergio Lull remained with 14 points each.