2011-12Regular SeasonRound 8
December 08, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MADRID CAJA MAGICA

Real Madrid steamrolled Maccabi 88-64

Real Madrid became the exclusive leader atop the Group C standings by downing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88-64 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid improved to 6-3 to climb to first place and became the top candidate to win Group C. Maccabi dropped to 5-3 and now ties for second place with its next opponent, Anadolu Efes. Nikola Mirotic paced the winners with 26 points - a new Euroleague career-best. Jaycee Carroll added 17 while Marty Pocius had 12 for Madrid. Keith Langford led Maccabi with 17 points. Lior Eliyahu added 11 while Richard Hendrix had 10 for the guests. Mirotic had 12 points in the first quarter to give Madrid a 22-15 lead after 10 minutes. Mirotic stayed unstoppable early in the second quarter to boost Madrid's margin to 37-25. Langford and Lior Eliyahu fueled a 2-13 run that brought Maccabi within 39-38. Sergio Rodriguez and Pocius made Madrid get a 48-40 halftime edge. Madrid improved its defense after the break and boosted its margin to 66-51 after 30 minutes. An outstanding Carroll soon made it a 21-point game, 74-53, enough for Madrid to control the game until the final buzzer.

Sergio Llull got Real Madrid going with a three-pointer from the left wing but Eliyahu hit his trademark one-handed jumper in the lane for a 3-2 score. Mirotic answered from downtown but Sofoklis Schortsanitis erased that with a layup-plus-foul. Llull kept pacing Madrid with a close basket but Langford copied him in the other end. Maccabi kept running its offense through Schortsanitis to take the hosts' big men into foul troubles. Carlos Suarez stepped up with a fast break dunk and a driving layup by Llull boosted Madrid's lead to 12-8. Langford scored in penetration that Mirotic bettered with his second shot from beyond the arc. Theo Papaloukas made free throws but Mirotic and Felipe Reyes kept Madrid way ahead, 19-12. An unstoppable Mirotic took over with an electric driving layup but Schortsanitis came off the bench and brought Maccabi within 21-15. A free throw by Mirotic fixed the score at 22-15 after 10 minutes.

Schortsanitis split free throws early in the second quarter and Hendrix bettered Mirotic's big basket in the low post with a three-point play for a 24-19 Maccabi deficit. Mirotic - who else? - downed a long shot and improved Devin Smith's jumper with a bomb from downtown, good for a 29-21 Maccabi lead. Hendrix stepped up with a put-back layup that Reyes matched in the other end. Pocius set the crowd on fire with a big triple that made it a double-digit game, 34-23. Hendrix scored again but a red hot Mirotic hit another three-pointer. Langford tried to change things with a layup-plus-foul and erased Reyes' put-back basket with free throws. Back-to-back layups by Eliyahu and a wild dunk by Shawn James soon brought Maccabi within 39-38, after a 2-13 run. Rodriguez hit a six-meter shot and Pocius added a fast break layup to give Madrid some fresh air at 43-38. Langford provided a highlight with a big slam but free throws by Pocius and a seven-meter bomb by Rodriguez boosted Madrid's lead to 48-40 at halftime.

Suarez fired in a three-pointer right after the break to restore a double-digit Madrid lead, 51-40. Maccabi went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Schortsanitis dunked it. Mirotic beat the buzzer with a big dunk in traffic, as Schortsanitis headed back to the bench with 3 fouls. Smith buried a big triple but free throws by Llull kept Madrid way ahead, 55-44. The hosts were all over the place in defense, playing with great aggressivity. Mirotic sank free throws and a fast break layup by Carroll made it a 15-point game, 59-44, after a 6-0 run. Langford nailed a five-meter jumper that Ante Tomic improved with a three-point play. Langford stayed on fire with a layup-plus-foul but he didn't find much help around until James stepped up with a put-back basket. Pocius took over with a high-flying backdoor layup to give Madrid a 66-51 margin at the end of the third quarter.

Carroll buried a big triple early in the fourth quarter and soon added a turnaround jumper to make it a 20-point game, 71-51. Hendrix tried to change things with a second-chance basket but Carroll sank a catch-and-shoot triple that set the crowd on fire, 74-53. Guy Pnini struck from downtown off a timeout but free throws by Reyes and yet another three-pointer by Carroll sealed the outcome, 79-56, with over 6 minutes to go. Both teams kept fighting for points differential, a critical issue in such a balanced race for first place in this group. Smith and Pocius traded triples and Carroll scored again for a 25-point Madrid margin, 84-59. The hosts kept using long possessions to run the game clock down and Maccabi only rallied a bit once the outcome was clear. By the way time Jorge Sanz banked in an off-balance shot, all Madrid fans were celebrating a big home win!

Thursday, December 8, 2011
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Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 11482 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid22261822
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv15251113
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Real Madrid22486688
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv15405164
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TOMIC, ANTE 12:33 3 1/4   1/1 1 1 2 1   2 1   3 2 1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 22:46   0/2 0/3     4 4 3 1 1   1 2 2 1
6 SANZ, JORGE 2:29 2 1/1                     1   1
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 15:07 12 2/4 2/3 2/2       1   2     1 1 8
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 22:06 7 2/2 1/3   1 2 3   2 1     1 1 9
9 REYES, FELIPE 22:25 7 2/8   3/4 2 3 5   1     2 3 3 4
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 31:01 26 4/8 4/5 6/8 2 6 8 1 3 2   1 1 6 33
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 18:20 5 1/2 1/1     1 1 7   3     2 1 8
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 14:01   0/1       5 5   1   3   4 2 6
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 20:01 17 3/6 3/4 2/2 4 2 6     1     2 2 18
23 LLULL, SERGIO 19:11 9 2/2 1/3 2/2       3         2 2 10
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 88 18/40 12/22 16/19 10 26 36 16 8 13 4 4 22 22 100
        45% 54.5% 84.2%
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 6:32 2 0/1   2/2           2     1 1 -1
5 HENDRIX, RICHARD 15:17 10 4/7   2/3 3 2 5 1     1 2 4 3 10
6 SMITH, DEVIN 29:47 7 2/5 1/6   2 1 3             1 3
7 BLU, DAVID 22:32   0/2 0/1   2 3 5   1 2     3   -2
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 21:28 11 3/6 1/1 2/2   2 2     2     2 1 7
10 PNINI, GUY 11:00 3   1/2     2 2           1   3
11 BURSTEIN, TAL 2:59     0/1                       -1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 25:09   0/2 0/1     2 2   2 3     1 1 -2
14 SCHEYER, JONATHAN 8:59                 1         2 3
15 JAMES, SHAWN 14:56 4 2/5     3 2 5 1   2 1 1 2 1 4
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 10:07 9 3/6   3/5 2 2 4     4     4 6 6
22 LANGFORD, KEITH 31:14 18 6/12 0/2 6/6   4 4 3 2 2 2 1 4 6 20
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 64 20/46 3/14 15/18 12 21 33 5 6 18 4 4 22 22 50
        43.5% 21.4% 83.3%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"Congratulations to my team, we played a complete game. We had some problems in defense during the fist half, especially due to foul trouble. We talked about it in the break and wemanaged to fix the situation. I am also glad that the fans could come to the arena and interact with us in such a good game."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Congratulations to Real Madrid for their win. I know we can play better because everybody has been able to see it already this season. However, the difference on the scoreboard was the difference seen between the teams tonight on court."

Players

FERNANDEZ, RUDY
Real Madrid
"I am glad I got to play one more game with Real Madrid. The problem was that until this very afternoon I didn't know whether I would fly or not, so I could not concentrate on the game as I would have wanted to."
CARROLL, JAYCEE
Real Madrid
"Maccabi is a good team. Our goal was to win and to play well and that's what happened. I don't know how to explain my playing bad in one half and good on the other. I try not to think about that because a player must always be ready to plat at the highest level possible."
MIROTIC, NIKOLA
Real Madrid
"I scored a lot in the first half thanks to the finejob done by my teammates. With the leaving of Rudy and Ibaka we know we all have to step up and contribute more. We know that we are a good team with or without them and we have to show that night after night."
PNINI, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It was a tough game. We started well into the game but Real Madrid is a hard team to beat at home. We have to learn how to stay together through difficult situations. Despite this loss we are still a good team. Now we have to focus on the game against Anadolu Efes at home."
SCHEYER, JONATHAN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We played against a great team tonight, but we are down about this loss anyway. Despite being already in the Top 16 we have to be ready to compete against anyone. I still have to learn a lot. It's my first year as a pro. I am happy to be in Maccabi but everything is new to me."
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