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Olympiakos beats Nancy to end up second

Olympiakos beat Nancy 79-74 away on December 22 to end up second in its pool in the first group stage of the Euroleague.

Despite playing without injured guard Vassilis Spanoulis and forward Lazaros Papadopoulos, Olympiakos grabbed a precious win that made the difference from finishing fourth to ending up second in the group and will secure a better draw for the Reds in the second group stage.

The hosts had nothing to play for, but gave the Greeks a good run for their money, leading by up to 11 points in the first half, before Pero Antic led the Olympiakos comeback that saw the team of coach Dusan Ivkovic lead 47-44 at half-time.

Nancy went back into the lead in the third period, but with the score at 60-53 Olympiakos began its final counterattack to win by five in the end.

Antic scored 20 points for Olympiakos, followed in the scoring chart by Giorgos Printezis who chalked in 18.

Fenerbahce’s victory at Cantu meant that Olympiakos had the same record as the Turks with six wins and four losses but had a worse head-to-head record with the side from Istanbul.

The draw for the top 16 of the Euroleague, involving Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, will take place on December 28.