Olympiakos suffered its third loss in four Euroleague games on November 9, going down 64-63 at Cantu in Italy.
The Greek league’s most expensive player, Vassilis Spanoulis, had a superb game, but that was not enough for the Reds to score their first away win in the competition this season.
Cantu won partly thanks to former Panathinaikos center Giorgi Shermadini, who scored the winning point for the Italian side, a free throw, before stopping a shot by Olympiakos’s Kyle Hines in the final seconds of the game.
Olympiakos was the better team for most of the game, leading 16-12 after the first period and 34-31 at halftime.
Cantu went ahead 42-36 but Olympiakos bounced back to end the third period on top (49-45). Yet the tide had turned.
The hosts realized that this was their chance for a win over the 2010 Euroleague finalists and made the most of the Greeks? poor offensive record.
In the last period Olympiakos scored 14 points, of which 13 came from Spanoulis, who ended the game with 23 points. Bearing this in mind, one wonders why Hines was chosen and not Spanoulis to take the last shot of the game.