Campazzo's late heroics lift Madrid in Milan
Real Madrid rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 85-91 on the road on Wednesday. Madrid improved to 2-0 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season standings while Milan dropped to 1-1. Anthony Randolph paced the winners with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Facu Campazzo added 21 points and 7 assists, Jaycee Carroll and Edy Tavares each scored 12 and Rudy Fernandez had 10 for the champs. Mike James led Milan with 21 points, Vladimir Micov added 20 and Arturas Gudaitis 13 for the hosts.
Early three-pointers by Nemanja Nedovic and James helped Milan to an 8-2 lead. Randolph and Jeffery Taylor led a 1-7 run that tied it at 9-9. Milan found a go-to guy in Micov, who had 7 points in a 14-1 run that Jeff Brooks capped with an alley-oop dunk for a 23-10 margin. Micov struck from downtown to fix the score at 28-13 after 10 minutes. Randolph and Carroll took over early in the second quarter, causing the hosts to call timeout at 30-23. Curtis Jerrells fired in a triple, Dairis Bertans added two more and a tip-in by Kaleb Tarczewski boosted the hosts' lead to 46-34. Madrid used free throws to get within 50-41 at halftime. Tavares dominated at both ends after the game, getting help from an inspired Fernandez to force Milan to stop the game at 57-55. Back-to-back baskets by Tavares completed the comeback, 57-61. James and Brooks kept Milan within 64-67 after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by James turned the game into a thriller, 80-81, with over three minutes left. Campazzo answered from downtown with 1:19 remaining and free throws by Randolph sealed the outcome down the stretch.
Tavares helped Madrid change the game in the third quarter. He had 2 blocks, changed a good number of shots and scored 8 points. Milan scored 50 points in the first half and Madrid's defense, led by Tavares, limited the hosts to just 14 third-quarter points.
Campazzo stepped up big in crunch time, scoring 5 points - a critical triple and a pair of free throws - in a 0-7 run that sealed the outcome. Madrid led 80-81 with two minutes left and boosted its margin to 80-88 with 26 seconds remaining.
Madrid hit just 7-of-21 (33.3%) two-point shots in the first half, but scored 11-of-14 (78.6%) after the break. Milan scored 12-of-19 (63.2%) two-point shots before halftime and 7-of-25 (28%) after that.
Did you notice?
Madrid pulled down 34 defensive rebounds in this game - a new season-high and Madrid's fourth-best mark in EuroLeague history - its record is 38 defensive boards against Spirou Charleroi on December 23, 2010.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Friday. Madrid hosts KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and Milan visits Olympiacos Piraeus.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018