SPORTS

Reds come back to beat Fenerbahce

Olympiakos came from behind to score its first win in this season?s Euroleague on October 27, beating visiting Fenerbahce Ulker 81-74 thanks to a spectacular performance by its two Greece stars, Vassilis Spanoulis and Giorgos Printezis.

The Reds had a mediocre display in the first half, trailing the Turks for virtually the whole of the first 20 minutes and scoring no more than 26 points, as Fener led 37-26 at halftime.

And then, with the score at 42-30 in the visitors? favor, Printezis and Spanoulis sent the signal for an impressive comeback. The two Greeks scored 10 unanswered points to slash the deficit to just two and give the hosts real hope for victory.

In front of a disappointingly small home crowd at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus that did not number any more than 2,500 people, Olympiakos put great pressure on Fenerbahce that made all the difference in the last minute of the game.

The Turks committed one error after another when it really mattered. Even though they had the chance to send the game to overtime as they had the ball with the score at 75-73 just 20 seconds from time, the Reds finished the game with a seven-point win that could also come in handy should the two teams end up level on points in the group.

Spanoulis scored 22 points, but Printezis deserves the distinction of the game?s most valuable player as he made five out of five two-pointers, two out of two three-pointers and five out of six free throws to register 21 points, while also collecting seven rebounds.