Olympiacos was competitive against Dynamo Kursk in the Peace and Friendship Stadium but finally was defeated with 67-73 in the third Euroleague match. Sotiriou scored 16 points, Spyridopoulou had 11 ones and Johnson added 13.
The ‘’Reds’’ started the game well and led with 21-19 in the first period. The guests reacted and did a 10-2 run going ahead with 6 points (23-29). Olympiacos replied with the points by Stamati and Thomas and tied the game (35-35). The Russian team scored four consecutive points and preceded with 35-39 in the first half.
Olympiacos was amazing in the third quarter and led with 8 points (49-41). Dynamo Kursk reduced to 51-49 but Sotiriou did a three-point shot to boost the margin to +5 (54-49). The last quarter started with the score at 54-51 but the Russian team overturned the game and led with eight points (54-62). The ‘’Reds’’ closed the difference to four points (67-71) but didn’t avoid the defeat. The most positive issue is that it had a very good and competitive performance against one of the Euroleague favourites.
The quarters: 21-19, 35-39, 54-51, 67-73
Olympiacos (Pantelakis): Thomas 12, Mazic 5, Stamati 6, Aftzi, Spyridopoulou 11, Pavlopoulou 3, Nikolopoulou, Sotiriou 16, Litsi, Johnson 13
Dynamo Kursk: Cruz 12, Stewart 18, Vidmer 10, Xargay 2, Zhedik 2, Charles 14, Kirillova 5, Levchenko, Petrovic 10.
George Pantelakis stated after the game: "First of all, I want to congratulate the team of Dynamo Kursk and the coach for the victory. We played a game against a team which is considered to be a favourite to win the European title. Our goal is not only to play well but also to win the games. We improve our performance in every game and today, we achieved to limit our turnovers and lost in the details. We have to manage our score advantage better and do better choices offensively and defensively’’.
Katerina Sotiriou said: "I will agree with the coach that we all know that Dynamo Kursk is a very good team and favorite for the finals and perhaps for the trophy. This gives us the courage to continue and hope that we have to believe in ourselves and continue to work hard limiting our weaknesses and keeping our strengths such as the passion and the fans’ support. Of course, I'm not happy when we lose. We continue hard-working to achieve a positive result. Our goal is to be competitive. I would also like to thank our fans. It was a unique feeling for me when the fans applauded after a missing free throw. It’s an extra motivation for me to do my best and win every game’’.