Sloukas’ genius hands Olympiacos a big away win against Real Madrid

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Kostas Sloukas scored 6 clutch points in the final 90 seconds of the game to push Olympiacos Piraeus (3-0) over Real Madrid (1-2) 89-87 (20-21, 17-17, 26-24, 26-25).

After Edy Tavares’ two-pointer, Real Madrid had a four-point lead with just under three minutes to go (83-79). However, Giannoulis Larentzakis hit a clutch triple once again to narrow the deficit to just one (83-82).

Next, Kostas Sloukas converted a tough layup to give the Greek team a slim one-point lead (84-83). Nevertheless, the score was tied again after Sergio Llull’s free throws with just 47 seconds to go (85-85).

Half a minute later, Llull answered to two Sloukas free throws, and the scored was tied once more (87-87). With the game on the line, Sloukas had the ball in his hands. The Greek guard drove to the basket and made a layup over Tavares to push his team back on top (89-87).

Real Madrid had three seconds to tie or win the game but the last possession featured a contested Tavares hook shot, and Olympiacos captured their third victory in a row.

This is the first head coach Georgios Bartzoukas’ victory in Madrid with Olympiacos. Before this game, the last time the Greek powerhouse won in Madrid, Luka Doncic was still playing in the EuroLeague.

Sasha Vezenkov added another double double to his numbers with 23 points and 12 rebounds

Sasha Vezenkov led Olympiacos with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting and 12 rebounds for a game-leading 29 PIR. Kostas Sloukas finished the game with 14 points and 7 assists in his account.

Dzanan Musa was the top scorer on Real Madrid’s roster with 17 points, making 4 three-pointers in 6 attempts.

Today’s win marks the first time in Olympiacos history that the club has won both away games against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in the same season.

Real Madrid: Dzanan Musa 17 (4/6 3PT), Edy Tavares 14 (5/9 2PT, 6 REB), Sergio Llull 14 (3/5 3PT), Guerschon Yabusele 13, Petr Cornelie 11.

Olympiacos: Sasha Vezenkov 23 (8/9 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 12 REB), Kostas Sloukas 14 (5/8 2PT, 0/3 3PT, 7 AST), Joel Bolomboy 11 (3/8 2PT, 5/6 FT), Shaquielle McKissic 10 (4/5 2PT).

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