With Olympiacos being the only away team to win a game in the opening two games of the series, this was a Game 3 tie that really crackled and sizzled. The recent Euroleague statistics indicate that that when the two teams are tied at 1-1 going into Game 3, the winner of the game will go through to the next round 75% of the time. This gave both teams all of the inventive that they needed, and it helped to produce a game that saw both teams fight tooth and nail until the very end. The game went right down to the wire but in the end, the home side prevailed and Olympiacos Piraeus now have a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.
Olympiacos 73 – FC Barcelona 71
A win by two points is hardly a convincing margin of victory but it doesn’t matter, a win is a win and that is all that the home side were looking for. Olympiacos now know that if they can win on Thursday night in Game 4, they will be in the Final Four. This will be all the incentive that the home team needs and you can guarantee that the fans will be turning up the volume and the heat on the Catalan side. Then again, Barcelona now know that they are in the Last Chance Saloon and if they don’t grab a win on Thursday night, their Euroleague season is over. With the Final Four taking place in Madrid this season, Barcelona don’t want to miss the chance of enjoying a party at the home of their bitter rival, but they face a tough task to make it through after the outcome of the Tuesdya night game.
Printezis was a Prince for the Olympiacos fans
The top scorer for the winning side was Georgios Printezis who grabbed 19 points while main man Vassilis Spanoulis offered up 15 points and 8 assists for the home team. Juan Carlos Navarro offered up 14 points for Barcelona, Tomas Satoransky provided 12 points and both Maciej Lampe and Justin Doellman provided 10 points for the winners.
With just three minutes to go, Barcelona were trailing 70-62 but this was the starting point for a big fightback and after Navarro brought the Catalan side back to 70-69, they were right in it and just before the buzzer, Abrines had a chance to steal the game, shooting from downtown but he missed, and the game was lost in that very instant.
Basketball games are often decided in very fine margins and no matter what takes place over the 40 minutes, it is the action at the death that often comes across as being the most crucial. In one way, Barca can take strength from the fact that they did run the winners so close and it may not take much more to turn the next game in their favour. However, Olympiacos will be playing with the knwoledge that a home win takes them to the Final Four and that is a scenario that most teams would settle for.