2016-17Regular SeasonRound 29
March 31, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Madrid edges Fenerbahce, clinches first place

Despite its lowest-scoring game in four seasons, Real Madrid rallied in the second and in the end held off Fenerbahce Istanbul 61-56 in the Spanish capital on Friday night. Madrid improved to 22-7 and learned it clinched the first place for the regular season when CSKA Moscow lost its game in Athens. Fenerbahce, on the other hand, suffered its third straight defeat and dropped to 17-12 and seventh place in the standings. The visitors grabbed a 32-39 advantage in the third quarter, but Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull sparked Madrid's 19-4 run that put the hosts up for good. Llull paced the winners with 16 points, and Fernandez finished with 11, while Gustavo Ayon chipped in with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 15 points for Fenerbahce, while Jan Vesely and Bobby Dixon scored 11 apiece in defeat.

Bogdanovic hit a triple and a runner early for Fenerbahce, but Llull nailed a pair of threes and made a floater that helped put Madrid up 18-12. The hosts led 20-16 after 10 minutes, but Fenerbahce erased the deficit and went back in front with threes from Pero Antic, Nikola Kalinic and Dixon, 24-25. Vesely's close range basket capped a 5-15 run, and Fenerbahce led 29-32 at halftime. Dixon scored from the outside and Vesely twice inside to open a 32-39 advantage in the third quarter, but Fernandez hit a pair of triples to get Madrid's offense going. Llull added a three-point play and a transition three-pointer to make it 48-43 going into the fourth quarter, and Fernandez's third triple extended the margin to 8 points. Bogdanovic hit from long range for the visitors and Udoh muscled his way inside to get Fenerbahce within 53-50, but Luka Doncic nailed a three, and Trey Thompkins converted a basket-plus-foul for the biggest lead any team had in the gamet, 59-50. Fenerbahce tried to rally the same way again, through Udoh inside and Bogdanovic from the outside, but Doncic made a steal with 11 seconds to go and Llull's free throws sealed the outcome.

Rudy Fernandez celebrates - Real Madrid - EB16
Friday, March 31, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), PUKL,SASA (SLO), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 10827
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Real Madrid2091913
Fenerbahce Istanbul16161113
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Real Madrid20294861
Fenerbahce Istanbul16324356
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 25:59 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 6 7 2   2     1 1 10
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 22:24 11 1/5 3/3   1 1 2 1 1 2 1   2 1 9
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 DONCIC, LUKA 17:29 5 1/1 1/3   1 4 5 1 1 2     1   7
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 26:02 7 2/3 1/2   1 2 3 1         3   6
9 REYES, FELIPE 4:11 3 0/1   3/4 1 1 2       1   1 2 5
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 20:58 6 3/6     2 6 8 3 1 2   1 3 2 11
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 6:56     0/2                     2  
21 HUNTER, OTHELLO 14:46 2 1/4     1 4 5     2   1 4 3  
23 LLULL, SERGIO 34:55 16 2/6 3/9 3/3   1 1 2 3 5   1 2 7 11
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 14:06 3 1/1 0/1 1/1   1 1           2 1 2
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 12:14 2 1/1 0/1   2 1 3     1     2   1
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 61 14/31 8/23 9/10 11 29 40 10 6 18 2 3 21 19 63
        45.2% 34.8% 90%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 UDOH, EKPE 30:57 7 3/8   1/4 1 1 2 2     1   2 3 5
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 7:30 2 1/1             1       3 2 2
12 ANTIC, PERO 19:39 5 1/2 1/3     5 5 2   2     3   4
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 35:42 15 2/6 3/10 2/4 1 3 4 2 1 4   1 4 6 6
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 7:48   0/1 0/1   1 1 2 1         3   -2
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 29:24 11 5/8   1/4 2 5 7 2 1   1   1 3 18
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 36:00 5 1/6 1/2   2 3 5   2 1 1     2 8
35 DIXON, BOBBY 33:00 11 1/4 2/7 3/3   2 2 3 4 3   1 3 4 9
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 56 14/36 7/23 7/15 11 21 32 12 9 10 3 2 19 20 55
        38.9% 30.4% 46.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"I’m very happy about many things today. Firstly because we’re mathematically going to finish in first place in the most difficult EuroLeague. We had to win 22 games to be first, against good teams, and it says a huge amount about my players to be competitive from the first day in a long and difficult season. I’m also happy for the win today. We showed great character, and as coach that makes me very happy and proud. It was a very physical game and we had some bad moments, but we were able to fight hard for the win and the fans were our sixth man."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We tried to play the best possible game and win, and we did well enough on defense, but we got some injuries at important times of the game and we missed too many free throws. I work very hard every day and try to prepare my team for the next game. It’s not an excuse, but we came here without three important players. When you look at the bench and one is missing it’s okay, but not three. I hope when the playoffs start we’ll have everyone in good health."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"It was a tough game against a really good team. But we played at home, and we have to defend our home court. We did a great job, for sure it was not the best game, but we won. We stay in the first place and we are happy."