Giorgos Bartzokas calls Olympiacos’ first-quarter performance vs Fenerbahce a ‘statement’

Giorgos Bartzokas had high praise for Olympiacos after its impressive road win over Fenerbahce at Ulker Sports Arena (73-93).

The Greek head coach saw the “Reds” dominate their opponents from start to finish and cruise to an easy victory. Coach Bartzokas called his team performance in the opening quarter a ‘statement’, as Olympiacos was in front by 14 after the first 10 minutes (10-24).

“Obviously, we made a very good performance winning here. It is always difficult. The way we entered the game in the first quarter, playing hard defense, controlling the rebounds and moving the ball a lot, finding the open man, being patient and of course, scoring the open threes, it was a statement in the first quarter. And then we had more faith about the way that we have to play until the end of the game,” the “Reds” head coach said.

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Following its stellar play in the opening quarter, Olympiacos led by as many as 30 points (16-46) and never looked back, as Fenerbahce couldn’t come closer than 13 points (66-79).

Six Olympiacos players scored in double figures, with Kostas Papanikolaou (season-high 21 points) and Isaiah Canaan (season-high 20 points) leading the way.

The “Reds” extended their winning streak to four games and stayed on top with a 15-7 record. They now have their sights set on Friday’s home clash with two-time reigning champions Anadolu Efes at the sold-out Peace and Friendship Stadium.

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