2020-21Regular SeasonRound 18
January 08, 2021 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Milan gets rare win in Madrid

After nine consecutive losses over 17 years, AX Armani Exchange Milan downed Real Madrid 76-80 in the Spanish capital on Friday. Milan had lost 14 consecutive games against Real before this season, but has now beaten Los Blancos twice and moves up to 10-7. Real drops to 12-6 and saw a six-game winning streak come to an end. Sergio Rodriguez led the winners with 17 points against his former team. Malcolm Delaney added 14 while Zach LeDay had 12 for Milan. Jaycee Carroll led Real with 20 points. Edy Tavares added 14 while Trey Thompkins had 13 for the hosts, which trailed 41-58 midway through the third quarter but got within 74-77 before free throws by Rodriguez and Delaney sealed the outcome in the final seconds.

Delaney got going Milan going with a driving layup and Kaleb Tarczewski hit a mid-range jumper for a 2-4 lead. Tavares dunked but Kevin Punter and Riccardo Moraschini boosted the guests' edge to 4-8. Alberto Abalde and Fabien Causeur each struck from downtown in an 8-0 run that gave Real its first lead, 12-8. LeDay joined the three-point shootout and Kyle Hines added a layup but Thompkins downed a couple of jumpers and Carlos Alocen scored off a steal for a 18-13 Real margin, which LeDay and Rodriguez cut to 18-17 after 10 minutes. Thompkins kept pacing Real early in the second quarter but Rodriguez, Luigi Datome and Michael Roll fueled a 0-8 run that made Milan regain the lead, 21-25. Carroll and Nicolas Laprovittola rescued Real and Gabriel Deck hit a triple for a 28-27 score. Datome answered from beyond the arc and Roll sank a jumper but Laprovittola helped Real tie it at 34-34. Datome and Rodriguez each hit a jumper but Tavares scored down low and Deck downed his second triple for a 39-39 tie at halftime.

Delaney sank a three-pointer in a 0-9 run which saw Tarczewski add a jumper and a tip-in, giving Milan a 39-48 margin. Tavares rescued Real with an alley-oop slam but LeDay did better with a triple and Delaney followed a layup with a floater for a 41-55 Milan lead. Punter struck from downtown but Carroll and Alocen fueled a 6-0 run that gave Real hope at 47-58. Rodriguez buried one from beyond the arc but Carroll kept the hosts within 49-61 after 30 minutes. Hines and Carroll traded baskets early in the second quarter, and Jeff Brooks hit a jump hook for a 14-point Milan lead, 51-65. Real debutant Alex Tyus tried to change the game's momentum with an alley-oop slam, than Carroll added consecutive three-point plays and a bomb from downtown for a 62-67 score. Tyus hit a jumper but Delaney gave Milan fresh air, 64-70, with over 3 minutes left. LeDay sank a jumper and Rodriguez erased Tavares's dunk with a layup for a 66-74 Milan lead with 1:18 left. Tavares scored again and Thompkins hit a triple to get Real within 71-74. But Rodriguez sealed the outcome with a big three-pointer and a pair of free throws down the stretch.

Pivotal performer

Malcolm Delaney was a consistent threat throughout the game, finishing the game with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 fouls drawn for a PIR of 15.

Game-changing moment

Milan broke the game open in the first 6 minutes of the second half. Delaney had 7 points in those minutes, Kaleb Tarczewski scored twice while Zach LeDay and Kevin Punter each buried a three-pointer to boost the guests' lead to 41-58. That 2-19 run made the difference, as Real never came back.

Stellar stat

Milan shot the ball better from beyond the arc, hitting 8-of-17 three-pointers (47.1%). Real only made 8-of-26 shots from downtown (30.8%). The guests only allowed Real to get 5 offensive rebounds, almost half of its season average (9.4 orpg).

Did you know?

Milan broke a really negative streak after Real had won the previous nine consecutive home games against the Italian powerhouse. Milan is now 2-16 against Real in the Spanish capital. Its only previous win in Madrid came on November 11, 2003, 61-62, in EuroCup (then-called ULEB Cup) action.

Next game

Milan hosts Valencia Basket on Tuesday, January 12 at 20:45 CET. A day later, on Wednesday, January 13, Real hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at 21:00 CET.

Sergio Rodriguez - AX Armani Exchange Milan - EB20
Friday, January 8, 2021
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Real Madrid18211027
AX Armani Exchange Milan17222219
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Real Madrid18394976
AX Armani Exchange Milan17396180
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 16:51 3 0/2 1/2                   1 2 1
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 16:44 3 0/3 1/3     2 2 4 1 3     2    
7 TYUS, ALEX 14:35 4 2/3       5 5 1 1       1   9
8 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 11:14 8 4/5 0/1         2   4     2 1 3
12 ALOCEN, CARLOS 22:45 5 2/4 0/2 1/2   3 3 5 1       3 2 8
14 DECK, GABRIEL 23:09 6 0/4 2/5                   2 1 -2
16 GARUBA, USMAN 12:46     0/2   1 3 4 1   1     1   1
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 23:09 20 6/6 2/5 2/2   3 3 1 1 2     2 6 24
22 TAVARES, WALTER 29:59 14 7/8     2 5 7 2 2   3   1 1 27
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 22:40 13 2/4 2/6 3/3 2 5 7 1         1 1 15
35 TISMA, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 6:08                   1     2   -3
Totals 200:00 76 23/39 8/26 6/7 5 26 31 17 6 11 3 0 18 14 83
        59% 30.8% 85.7%
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
AX Armani Exchange Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PUNTER, KEVIN 21:55 7 1/6 1/4 2/2   2 2 3 1     1 3 1 2
2 LEDAY, ZACH 30:44 12 2/8 2/4 2/2 2 2 4   1 1       2 10
9 MORASCHINI, RICCARDO 25:41 2 1/3 0/1     10 10 2 1 1     2   9
10 ROLL, MICHAEL 14:40 5 2/2   1/1       1           2 8
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 14:02 17 3/4 3/4 2/2         1 3     2 1 12
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 19:44 8 4/6     3 1 4     1   1 2 2 8
19 BILIGHA, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 0:22                              
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM 28:51 14 3/6 1/2 5/8   3 3 5   4     4 8 15
32 BROOKS, JEFF 9:16 2 1/1 0/1     1 1               2
42 HINES, KYLE 20:16 4 2/6   0/1       2 2 1   1 1 1 1
70 DATOME, LUIGI 14:29 9 3/3 1/1   1 4 5             1 15
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 80 22/45 8/17 12/16 8 27 35 13 6 11 0 3 14 18 88
        48.9% 47.1% 75%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"First of all, congratulations to Milan for the win. We never felt we were controlling the game. We bounced back due to our energy in the fourth quarter, a bit because of Jaycee's [Carroll] shots and the defensive feeling that we were breaking their rhythm. Even in the first half, when the game was balanced, the feeling was that we were behind them. As I always say, it must be something to learn from, for the future. They played a good game, very solid, and we trailed until the third quarter. We managed to change the situation a little bit, starting from our defense and the pressure of not letting the game go, but from the beginning until the fourth quarter, we had the feeling of stepping with the wrong foot. We had a busy calendar and have to quickly move on. We know that due to COVID-19, we don't play this weekend but next week we start a streak of games which will be very demanding. We have to recover and think of the next game against Crvena Zvezda. I am sure it will be as difficult as this one."
AX Armani Exchange Milan

"We have so much respect for Real Madrid, and we knew that they were coming out very aggressive. Two teams that were missing key players, and I think everybody in my team made a step forward. Of course, we are very pleased. I think we never won here as a club or it maybe happened once many years ago. It is a big win for us and now we need to regroup. We are a little bit short in the rotation because we have two big games next week, as always. My players deserve to relax and enjoy a great win, and the coaches will go back and watch film. I think that so far, we are playing a very good EuroLeague. We dropped a couple of games at home that everybody expected us to win, probably including us, but the visiting team came, played hard and won. But we have won here, in Istanbul, against Bayern... we are doing well, I think. Our goal is always to make the playoffs. It is going to be very hard, because the competition is extremely high, but we will see. We will go game by game and see what happens."

"Of course, I want to congratulate my players. They played a really complete game. Two teams with important absences faced each other, and my players managed to give a little bit more to step up for these missing players. After last week, in which we were killed on the boards, we won on rebounds tonight and that is very important. It gave us confidence in certain moments of the game.”


AX Armani Exchange Milan
"We just wanted to be aggressive and move the ball. We know from our scouting report that if we moved them a little bit, we could attack and get some easy shots. We executed well. It is big - we started the new year with a win. We had a couple of tough games to close out the old year, so we just want to build some momentum going into the new year, try to pick up where we left off early in the season. We know it is important in the second half of the season for the playoffs, we just want to play hard and get some wins."
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"I think we showed that we can compete against anybody, in the good and the bad, because also, down the stretch, we lost many games. This is a step forward. We miss big players but still were focused on the game and as I said at halftime, we took away those three-pointers. The guys were great in the third quarter to build the lead."
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