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Vassilis Spanoulis: The reactions, the instructions and the contact with the players on his official debut



Vassilis Spanoulis made his official debut on the Peristeri bench in the match against Bnei Herzeliya for the BCL and Sportish followed his movements, his reactions and everything that happened in Peristeri’s closed “Andreas Papandreou” on Monday evening (3/10).

Vassilis Spanoulis looked different on Monday afternoon (October 3rd) in the Peristeri gym. He stripped off his gym clothes and wore his coaching suit for the first time at an official game for his team. Those who have lived the gamer Spanoulis will certainly find the suit odd, but it has long “killed” the gamer within, he explained.

He is now nicknamed “Coach” rather than Kill Bill. Now it holds a tablet, writes and erases systems, doesn’t run them. Eyes were on him in the game against Bnei Herzeliya and not without reason, because on the Basketball Champions League papers the name of Vassilis Spanoulis was written next to the words head coach of Peristeri.

That Sportish was the only media that reported extensively on Vassilis Spanoulis’ first coaching experience at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Belgrade and Patras.

The calm before the mess and the suit

As expected, Vassilis Spanoulis was on the field several hours before the jamball. Dressed in sporty clothes, before donning his uniform, he greeted acquaintances, friends and colleagues on the way to and from his team’s dressing room.

Smiling, relaxed and in a good mood, he didn’t show any fear. Why should he? He was confident and well prepared for Peristeri’s game against the Israelis.

About fifteen minutes after his team took the floor to warm up, Spanoulis “changed” his face. The smile gave way to absolute focus and dedication to whatever he was trying to convey to his players. He crossed the floor, sat on the bench and just concentrated.

He spoke to his associates and prepared himself spiritually. He then took the Peristeri team’s souvenir, exchanged handshakes with the opposing team’s people as is customary, and returned to the bench to instruct Bilan and Denmon by drawing on his whiteboard.

The moment of assembly before the start of the game

The original five and first instructions

Spanoulis’ first official starting five consisted of Denmon, Bilan, Poulianiti, Davies and Kaselaki, the players he chose to start a game that turned out to be relatively easy.

Despite the fact that his side had an easy evening from the first minute of the game, standing began for Vassilis Spanoulis, who was on the bench for about a minute in a 40-minute game. For so long he could not stand up and give instructions to his players.

Vassilis Spanoulis gives instructions

The first observations were not long in coming, Spanoulis repeatedly addressed his players and called for a quick defensive return and high pressure. It was the bench that listened to Spanoulis’ monologue every time he saw something he didn’t like, every time he wanted to propose to his substitutes. The big players’ intention to get the ball was clear early on and that’s what Vassilis Spanoulis wanted to see in the 40th minute, who didn’t hesitate to show his players it was strong and with characteristic movements.

A foul by Juston at 0.7” to the final of the first half was enough to raise questions for Vassilis Spanoulis, who could not understand his player’s movements and was surprised to raise his hands. His team went to the dressing room at +15, but he returned to the bench following his instructions, where he studied the statistics and made the plan for the second half.

The reward to the players, the referees’ recommendations and the clapping of hands to the protector

Two different plots, a contrast of feelings. This is how the game went for Vassilis Spanoulis. The Peristeri coach didn’t stop applauding his players every time they showed a good action, played a good defense or made a difficult or thoughtful shot.

Spanoulis rewarded his players. It motivated them to keep going with the same rigor or even more. He wasn’t the aloof manager the players fear. He shook hands whenever someone entered or left the pitch, knowing his players were doing their best, or at least in the mood for it.

Dimitris Moraitis prompted Spanoulis’ first mini-eruption. Specifically, three minutes before the end of the third period, Peristeri’s guard went all the way inside and tried to end the phase with a layup, but was blocked by his opponent.

Spanoulis didn’t like that, hitting the guard in front of the Peristeri bench, the only outburst he had during the game.

In fact, there were quite a few times (three to be precise) that Spanoulis went beyond the coach’s restricted area on the bench and attempted to enter the pitch. Of course, the referees made the typical move that was reminiscent of the limits in which he has to move as a coach – now Spanoulis. It obviously wasn’t easy for him to be confined to a straight line off the touchline, but his players made it easier for him in his first official game, handing the team the first pink card of his coaching career.

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AEK def. Rezzo Emilia to retain Basketball Champions League Play-In qualification




AEK defeated Reggio Emilia 68-59 on Matchday 5 of the Basketball Champions League and became favorites to qualify for the Play-In of the Basketball Champions League with a 2-2 win over the Italians. Ano Liosia’s indoor game was overshadowed by wild incidents.

The wild incidents before the bang marked the game between AEK and Rezzo Emilia on Wednesday night (7/12), creating a heavy atmosphere in the closed Ano Liosia and pushing the game into second place as there were injuries. Of course, the two teams weren’t to blame, they put up a nice fight on the floor for Game 5 of the Basketball Champions League, with the yellow-blacks getting the win (68-59) they sorely needed.

AEK climbed to 2-3 who now have the same record as the Italians (they beat them twice) but also with Karsigiaka welcoming them on the 6th and final matchday. A win sees Ilias Kanzouris’ team second in their group in the play-in (a streak of two wins to qualify for the Round of 16), a loss means they need a Gela from Rezzo Emilia -who will welcome Bonn to to finish in third place. Strasbourg, Murcia, Tofas, Zompatelli participate in Group A.

Group B result

1 Bonn 4:1
2. Karsiyaka 2-3
3. AEK 2-3
4.Rezzo Emilia 2-3

The race

AEK didn’t start the game well (7-15 in 7′), with Michael Hopkins scoring 10 points to put his team ahead and within reach. In the end, the hosts had two assists, the visitors seven for just two penalties, and a 13-20 was fair according to the game so far. As much as the yellow-blacks tried to defend themselves, the guests found solutions. They didn’t shoot impressively, but by halftime they had 13 assists for their 13 baskets against AEK, who had just nine accurate shots in 28 attempts (32.1%).

After Papadakis threw up spurts and scored late in the third half, AEK pulled from inside a basket (47-49 at 29′) and got back in the game before taking a half-goal lead by six (56-50 at 32′). went from 23-7. Mitchell scored +8 right in the middle of the fourth quarter (61-53), McGriff hit a 3-pointer in the 37th minute for 64-53 and AEK never looked back. She got the result and now holds the qualifier for the play-in in her hands.

THE REFEREES: Marques, Lukis, Zapolski

THE DECADES: 13-20, 29-39, 47-50, 68-59

AEK (Kantzouris): Flionis 3, Koniaris 2, Miles 8 (2), Mitchell 16 (5/11 2-pointers, 6/8 shots, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 turnovers), Williams 15 (5/7 2-pointers , 1/6 3-pointers, 2/2 shots, 4 rebounds), Filippakos, Frazier 6 (1/6 shots, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), Madsen 10 (3/4 2-pointers, 4/5 shots), McGriff, Papadakis 4 (6 assists in 9:26), Petropoulos 4

REZO EMILIA (Fouka): Anim 11 (2/6 2-pointers, 2/5 3-pointers, 1/2 shots), Burgianadze 5 (4 rebounds), Ccincharini 11 (3 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 9 assists), Olisevicius 10 (1/6 3-pointers, 4 rebounds), Vitali 6 (2), Diouf 1, Hopkins 13 (3/7 2-pointers, 1/2 3-pointers, 4/5 shots, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 fouls, 6 turnovers), Stefanini 2, Strautins

Team stats from AEK: 19/33 2-pointers, 4/23 3-pointers, 18/22 shots, 42 rebounds (27 defensive – 15 offensive), 20 assists, 9 steals, 4 blocks, 13 turnovers, 20 fouls

Rezzo Emilia team statistics: 9/20 2-pointers, 10/30 3-pointers, 11/18 shots, 36 rebounds (31 defense – 5 offense), 17 assists, 8 steals, 3 blocks, 17 fouls

The next games of the two teams: On Matchday 6, AEK plays Karsigiaka in Ano Liosia (21/12), Rezzo Emilia hosts Voni (21/12).

Source: sport 24

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Episodes and head-to-head battles before AEK – Rezzo Emilia




Hand-to-hand fighting took place on Wednesday evening (7/12) in Ano Liosia between fans of AEK and Rezzo Emilia.

It wasn’t a risky match but the Ano Liosian closed on Wednesday night (7/12) turned into a huge ring. The fans of AEK and Rezzo Emilia were excited before the start of the game on the 5th day of the Basketball Champions League, when the first information about the presence of injuries spoke.

The Italians traveled to Athens with a few dozen of their fans as the two sides’ records (1-3 AEK and 2-2 Rezzo Emilia) put them on high alert in the group stage of the competition. The situation quickly spiraled out of control, there were no police forces in the stadium, the atmosphere was “heavy” due to the use of fire extinguishers, and the referees ruled that the jamball should be played at 7:45 p.m. with a slight delay.

Wild episodes in Ano Liosia between fans of AEK and Rezzo Emilia

The atmosphere is suffocated by the use of fire extinguishers

Melee combat, very ugly images of people on the ground

Pictures from the closed Ano Liosia are circulating on the Internet

AEK players watch what's happening in the stands

The Rezzo Emilia athletes who stopped their warm-up are also worried

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AEK’s last card against Sakota, for a dozen wins for the Bucks in Milwaukee




With no room for another defeat, AEK Dragan Sakotas hosts Reggio Emilia (19:30). Fifth game for Olympiakos in the Women’s EuroLeague (17:30). The Kings are hosted by the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum (3:00), waiting for the Celtics to stumble in Arizona at the same time.

AEK would not want to say goodbye to Europe so soon. He will want to keep the possibility of distinction alive in the BCL by going as far as possible. That’s why the home game against Rezzo Emilia on Wednesday afternoon (December 7th, 7:30 p.m., COSMOTE SPORT 4 HD, LIVE from Sportish) counts twice.

In the event that Union defeats the Italian team, they will be in a head-to-head 2-0 and barring one shocking event, they can continue at least in the intermediate stages of the competition and maintain their presence in the top 16 teams.

On the contrary, the defeat causes her a serious problem and may even disqualify her. What he needs (will) also depends on the result Karsijaka – Bonn, which will have ended a little earlier in Izmir.

The daily routine at BCL

  • 19:00 Zompatelli – Tofas
  • 19:00 Karsijaka – Bonn
  • 19:30 AEK – Rezzo Emilia
  • 21:00 Strasbourg – Murcia

In the Women’s EuroLeague and Group A, Olympiacos will look for a way to break the pomegranate and claim their first win after 0/4 in the previous games. Italy’s Virtus Bologna arrived in Greece with a record 3-1 and looks like a viable opponent for the Reds and Whites to restart in top-flight competition.

The game will be streamed on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

The match schedule of the day in the Women’s EuroLeague

  • 17:30 Olympiacos v Virtus Bologna
  • 18:00 Fenerbahce – USK Prague
  • 20:00 Polkovice – Valencia
  • 21:00 Bourges – Atomeromou

On Thursday morning (12 August, 3:00 a.m., COSMOTE SPORT 4 HD, LIVE from Sportish), the Bucks will meet the Kings in Milwaukee. This will be the Stags’ 15th game at Fiserv Forum going 11-3, a record they’re looking to extend against a team that’s playing much better than predictions at the start of the season suggested. In fact, outside of Sacramento, it ranks at a competitive 50% with 5 wins in 10 games and 13-9 overall, which has put it in the West’s top 4.

A win for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s side will put added pressure on Celtic’s pioneers, who will soon be tested at the Suns’ tough home ground.

The NBA schedule of the day

  • 2:00 Orlando Magic – Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2:30 Brooklyn Nets-Charlotte Hornets
  • 2:30 Toronto Raptors-Los Angeles Lakers (COSMOTE SPORT 7)
  • 3:00 New York Knicks-Atlanta Hawks
  • 15:00 Milwaukee Bucks – Sacramento Kings (COSMOTE SPORT 4 HD, LIVE by Sportish)
  • 3:00 Chicago Bulls-Wizards
  • 3:00 Minnesota Timberwolves – Indiana Pacers
  • 3:00 Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 3:00 New Orleans Pelicans – Detroit Pistons
  • 4:00 Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors
  • 5:00 a.m. Phoenix Suns-Boston Celtics

Source: sport 24

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