Euro playoff blowout sets records
Montepaschi Siena's Milovan Rakovic, right, tries to drive past Olympiacos' Loukas Mavrokefalidis during their Euroleague playoff game Tuesday night in Piraeus, Greece.
March 23rd, 2011
07:50 AM ET

Euro playoff blowout sets records

While basketball fans in the U.S. are poring over their NCAA tournament brackets, European professional league fans are also enjoying playoff action.

But it may not have been so enjoyable for fans of Italian team Montepaschi Siena, who saw their heroes humiliated Tuesday night in an 89-41 blowout by Olympiacos in a  league quarterfinal game. Olympiacos hails from Piraeus, Greece, where the game was played.

The thrashing set Euroleague playoff records for margin of victory (48 points), fewest points allowed in a half (9), fewest points allowed through three quarters (22), and most rebounds by one team (55), according to the league's website.

Things looked bad from the tipoff for Siena, as Olympiacos took off with a 19-0 start. Montepaschi missed its first 11 shots before Nikos Zisis finally broke the spell with a 3-pointer.

But it was too late. The score just kept getting more ridiculous as the first half wore on: It was 24-4 at the end of the first quarter, 33-4 soon after that, and 47-9 at halftime.

"I have never been beaten that much in my life before," Montepaschi forward Shaun Stonerook said. "This was as bad as it gets. We knew that we were done by halftime and tried to get ready for the next game in the second half."

Game 2 is Thursday night on the same court in Piraeus.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Sutler

    It might be Euroleague playoffs, and not quite NBA caliber, but Miami's Three-Egos would not survive a game against the Olympiacos.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      And Miami's players would probably not bother to play the "Olympiacos", or any other junior varisty level team.... LOL

      March 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    You mean a "junior level team" like Barcelona? You know, the team that in the world' final, beat the so called "world champions" Lakers?!
    Very interesting.
    Let's "LOL" at that!

    .......LOL!

    March 24, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
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