Olympiacos won Orman Genclik with 72-64 in the first game of the 16th round at the Peace and Friendship Stadium and took the first step for the qualification to the quarter-finals. The Reds were better throughout the game and go to Turkey in order to take the positive result needed. The next match is held in Ankara on 29 January. Gemelos was the top scorer with 23 points and Graves added 16.
The quarters: 20-17, 37-28, 55-49, 72-64
Olympiacos (Pantelakis): Gemelos 23, Graves 16, Spyridopoulou 6, Stamolamprou 2, Thomas 12, Jurcenkova 3, Louka, Nikolopoulou 10, Pavlopoulou, Stamati.
Orman Genclik (Durur): Bilgic 7 (1), Kartaltepe, Leedham 13 (1), Ogunbowale 14, Robinson 15 (1), Gezgin, Paris 15.
Giorgos Pantelakis said: "We did a good job in tactics but not in our defensive rebounds. We lost 15 rebounds and it was something we wanted to control right from the start. We saw some weaknesses in defense and we will focus our offensive part there. In our defense we have to improve so as to become very tough. Orman Genclik is a team that scores 85 points but today, 64. I think we can do something similar in Turkey. It is a match where we have 4-5 possessions ahead of them and we will go to Ankara to win and qualify. "
Bassara Graves stated: "We came out to the parquet and we were following our plan. In the biggest part of the game, we played pretty well in our defense and got the win. We let them think they could turn it around, but we played pretty well anyway. We must now play good defense in Turkey and be focused on our goal for 40 minutes. "