PIRAEUS – A three-point bomb at the buzzer by Giorgos Printezis before a packed home crowd gave Olympiacos a stunning 71-68 win over Barcelona and a spot in the Euroleague basketball tourney’s final four.
Slaying the Spanish power means the Reds will now play CSKA Moscow, which beat Greece’s other dominant basketball giant, Panathinaikos, in other quarter-final action.
Olympiacos won its series, 3-1 as the audience at Peace and Friendship Stadium erupted in cheers and joy, set off flares and stormed the court to celebrate.
saw Olympiakos through to the Final Four of the Euroleague, as the Reds defeated Barcelona 71-68 on Thursday to claim the best-of-five quarterfinal series with a 3-1 score.
It wasn’t easy. Olympiacos had to repeatedly come back to catch Barcelona, which led most of the way, with 10-point leads in the second-half.
Olympiacos managed to tie it 50-50 after three periods but was behind 65-61 before mounting a comeback, behind Printezis and Vangelis Mantzaris.
Juan Carlos Navarro made one free throw that would have sent the match to overtime, but Printezis became the hero on his name day.
Vassilis Spanoulis, who was Olympiacos’s top scorer on the night with 17 points, has now become the second highest scorer in Euroleague history.