Olympiacos Piraeus confirmed its good momentum by downing AX Armani Exchange Milan 72-93 at Mediolanum Forum on Friday. Both teams now have 8-4 records. It was Olympiacos's first road win. Milan is now on a three-game losing streak. Giannoulis Larentzakis led the winners with 18 points. Tyler Dorsey added 14 while Sasha Vezenkov had 12 for Olympiacos. Shavon Shields led Milan with 26 points while Luigi Datome added 12.
Olympiacos invades Milan for first road win, 72-93
Dorsey buried 4 three-pointers in the opening quarter. Thomas Walkup, Kostas Papanikolaou and Vezenkov each added their own for a 25-30 Olympiacos lead after 10 minutes. Milan managed to tie the game, 33-33, on a layup by Kyle Hines but Hassan Martin fueled a 0-10 Olympiacos run and an outstanding Larentzakis helped the Reds get a 45-60 margin at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Olympiacos extended its margin to 53-70 late in the third quarter and did not find much trouble en route to an outstanding road victory.
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Vezenkov, Walkup and Dorsey each struck from downtown to give Olympiacos an early 2-9 lead. Datome stepped up with a floater but Moustapha Fall and Dorsey forced Milan to call timeout at 4-13. Vezenkov kept pacing the Reds with a tip-in and Dorsey buried his third triple, good for a 6-18 Olympiacos margin. Vezenkov matched Shields's jumper with a baseline slam and Walkup scored in penetration to make it 8-22. Hines scored down low and Shields hit a three-pointer but Fall dunked and a red-hot Dorsey hit from beyond the arc yet again. Papanikolaou and Devon Hall joined the three-point shootout and Malcolm Delaney brought the hosts closer, 25-30, after 10 minutes.
Troy Daniels followed a triple with a layup early in the second quarter. He got help from Hines at both ends – a huge block on Shaquielle McKissic and a floater – to tie it at 33-33. Olympiacos found a go-to guy in Martin, who scored 6 points in a 0-10 run highlighted by Kostas Sloukas's three-pointer. Datome rescued Milan with back-to-back shots from downtown but Martin and Georgios Printezis restored a 39-52 Olympiacos lead. Nicolo Melli followed Datome's layup with a dunk but Larentzakis struck twice from beyond the arc and Dorsey boosted the Reds' margin to 45-60 at halftime.
Shields followed a three-point play with a jumper soon after the break to give Milan hope at 50-60. Olympiacos went scoreless for almost 5 minutes until Vezenkov stepped up with a layup. Shields kept pacing the hosts but Papanikolaou downed a corner triple for a 52-65 Olympiacos margin. McKissic buried a three-pointer and got help from Fall to break the game open, 53-70. Datome and Delaney hit jumpers to bring Milan closer, 57-72, after 30 minutes.
Livio Jean-Charles scored down low early in the fourth quarter. Milan struggled to score and Printezis solved a broken play with a layup that made it a 19-point game, 58-77. Shields downed a baseline jumper and Sergio Rodriguez buried a six-meter shot to get the crowd involved at 63-77. Larentzakis buried a triple off a timeout and Walkup added a floater that sealed the outcome, 64-82, with 4 minutes remaining. Milan never gave up but Olympiacos had plenty of time to celebrate an important win.