Here are some interesting notes about the Final Four third place game between FC Barcelona and Olympiacos Piraeus.
Game Notes, Third place game, Barcelona vs. Olympiacos
· Barcelona has gotten the better of Olympiacos this century, winning 19 of their 30 games
· During the regular season, Barcelona pulled out a 79-78 overtime win in Round 3 as Nick Calathes flirted with a triple-double with 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. In Round 33, Olympiacos beat Barcelona 73-66 in Piraeus behind 20 points from Shaquielle McKissic.
· Olympiacos won its first EuroLeague title by beating Barcelona 73-58 in the 1997 championship game in Rome as Final Four MVP David Rivers scored 26 points.
· Barcelona defeated Olympiacos in the 2010 EuroLeague championship game in Paris 86-68 thanks to 21 points from Final Four MVP Juan Carlos Navarro.
· Olympiacos forward Georgios Printezis hit the game-winning and series-clinching three-pointer in Game 4 of the 2015 EuroLeague Playoffs against Barcelona. He was also MVP of the Round for Game 2 of that series after posting 22 points, 9 rebounds and a PIR of 34 in a road win.
· Olympiacos coach Georgios Bartzokas was Barcelona's head coach during the 2016-17 season; he led the club to a 12-18 regular-season record. No player from that season remains on the Barcelona roster.
· Olympiacos forward Kostas Papanikolaou played for Barcelona during the 2013-14 season. He helped the team win the Spanish League title.
· Olympiacos forward Sasha Vezenkov spent three seasons with Barcelona, from 2015 to 2018, where he was a teammate of Sergi Martinez and Pierre Oriola.
· Barcelona point guard Nick Calathes and Olympiacos forward Georgios Printezis won a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009 together on the Greek national team.
· Along with Printezis, Kostas Sloukas, Kostas Papanikolaou and Giannoulis Larentzakis have also been teammates with Calathes on the Greek national team over the years.
· Thomas Walkup has been a teammate of Brandon Davies, Rokas Jokubaitis and Nigel Hayes-Davis at Zalgiris Kaunas. Walkup and Jokubaitis were teammates the last three seasons, while Walkup and Hayes-Davis the last two seasons. Walkup and Davies were teammates during the 2018-19 season.
· At Zalgiris, Walkup played under current Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
· Olympiacos guard Thomas Walkup collected a career-high 4 steals playing for Zalgiris Kaunas against Barcelona in December of last season.
· Last season in Barcelona, Hassan Martin made a career-best 8 two-point shots and pulled down a career-highs in rebounds (8) and offensive rebounds (5) in Olympiacos's 88-96 win.
· Olympiacos guard Kostas Sloukas matched his career-high with 11 assists playing for Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul twice against Barcelona. First in March 2019 and again in January of last season.
· In the first of those two 11-assist games, Sloukas shot a career-best 5-for-5 on three-pointers. In the latter of the two games, Sloukas also tied his career-best with 7 rebounds.
· Barcelona forward Nikola Mirotic set his career-high with 5 steals playing for Real Madrid against Olympiacos in Game 1 of the 2014 EuroLeague Playoffs.
· Mirotic pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, including a career-best 11 defensive boards in a 90-80 home win against Olympiacos in December 2019.
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Magic Moment: Calathes sets Final Four assists record!
Magic Moment: McKissic throws it down!
Magic Moment: Mirotic to Calathes
Magic Moment: Abrines dunks off a steal!
Magic Moment: Olympiacos's team effort!
Magic Moment: Vezenkov beats the buzzer!
Magic Moment: Calathes behind the back!
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Spalding Dunk of the Night: Davies dunks in traffic!
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid | Semifinal | Highlights
Post-game quotes: Alex Abrines, FC Barcelona
Post-game quotes: Brandon Davies, FC Barcelona
Magic Moment: Poirier's block off the glass!
Magic Moment: Mirotic finds Davies!
Magic Moment: Poirier dunks again!
Magic Moment: Causeur to Poirier for two-handed slam
Magic Moment: Llull puts Real ahead!
Magic Moment: Davies dunks in traffic!,
Magic Moment: Llull to Tavares for alley-oop slam
Magic Moment: Yabusele throws it down
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Post-game quotes: Shaquielle McKissic, Olympiacos Piraeus
Post-game quotes: Hassan Martin, Olympiacos Piraeus
Magic Moment: MICIC WINS IT!
Magic Moment: Martin ties the game
Magic Moment: Singleton's one-handed slam!
Magic Moment: Dorsey beats the third quarter buzzer
Magic Moment: Dunston with authority
Magic Moment: Walkup at both ends!
Magic Moment: Dunston stops Papanikolaou
Magic Moment: Fall finishes strong,
Semifinal vibes: Barcelona vs. Real
Semifinal vibes: Olympiacos vs. Efes
Inside the semis with Kyle Kuric, FC Barcelona
Inside the semis with Kostas Sloukas, Olympiacos
Dream Team: Moustapha Fall
Dream Team: Brandon Davies
Coach of the Year: Georgios Bartzokas, Olympiacos Piraeus
2021-22 MVP of the Season: Nikola Mirotic, FC Barcelona
Final Four arrivals: Barca touches base in Belgrade
Final Four arrivals: Return of the Reds
Our Season: FC Barcelona
Our Season: Olympiacos Piraeus
EuroLeague title memories: Olympiacos Piraeus
EuroLeague title memories: FC Barcelona
Name the Players: Tyler Dorsey, Olympiacos Piraeus
Name the Players: Georgios Printezis, Olympiacos Piraeus