2010-11PlayoffsGame 1
March 22, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MADRID CAJA MAGICA
Sergio Llull - Real Madrid - EB10

Real Madrid downed Power Electronics Valencia 71-65

Sparks flew at the Caja Magic in Madrid in the Game of the Week, but when the dust settled, Real Madrid had racked a 71-65 win over Power Electronics Valencia for a 1-0 in their best-of-five Playoff series, good for a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Despite a strong start by the hosts, dominating the offensive rebounds, Valencia was back in the game soon and neither team managed to pull decisive leads until the last moments. Nikola Mirotic, who had remained scoreless until the last period, hit 11 points in the decisive quarter, including a game-breaking three, to put the first win on Real Madrid's column. Both teams with recover now for Game 2 of the series to be played also in Madrid next Thursday. Ante Tomic led the winners with his 14 points, and Sergio Llull and Mirotic added 11 each. For Valencia, Nando De Colo had 15 points, Rafa Martinez 13, Robertas Javtokas 11 and Serhiy Lishchuk 10.

Action started in Madrid with Real Madrid pushing hard in defense, which allowed them to quickly climb to a 5-0 lead after Pablo Prigioni's three. Power Electronics Valencia was having some problems in offense and tried to look for the big men inside as Dusko Savanovic scored to get the guests going, but Carlos Suarez replied with a new three, 8-2. When Ante Tomic committed his sceond foul, he went to the bench and Serhiy Lishchuk seemed to appear inside for Valencia as he managed to hit three points in a row for 12-7. Real Madrid was trying to run and thanks to Sergio Llull and his five straight points including a three, the first double-digit lead appeared on the scoreboard, 17-7. Lishchuk was insisting down low as Valencia also tried to perform the defensive pressure at every chance. It started to pay off as the guests seemed to find better spots to shoot from and also managed to run a few time as Jeremy Richardson hit four straight points and he was soon joined by Nando De Colo with a drive for 19-16 as Real Madrid was having the problems it had not found at the beginning with the Valencia defense. In the last play, after fighting for a couple of offensive rebounds, David Navarro still had the time for a final basket on the quarter buzzer for 20-18 after 10 minutes.

Fischer opened the score in the second quarter for Real Madrid, but Robertas Javtokas replied soon for Valencia in the paint and Savanovic blasted ahis team's first three to finally put Valencia ahead at 22-23. The hosts were having real trouble to find the rim of the opponent and Valencia's patience in offense completely changed the face of the game. Madrid's dominance of rebounds was what was keeping the hosts in the game, as the 11 offensive rebounds at that point were allowing them more shooting attempts. Defenses were pushing hard at full throttle on both ends, and points came in scarce. Florent Pietrus scored the 22-24 from the line, but it had to be Lishchuk and his determination in the paint the ones to score a new basket for Valencia, 22-26. Lishchuk forced Mirza Begic's third foul in three minutes, but he missed both free throws for a 3 of 10 from the stripe for the guests. In a play of inspiration Suarez hit a three to put the hosts back in the driver's seat, but this time Lishchuk tied it from the stripe again, 27-27. Rafa Martinez hit a bomb to launch Valencia, but six straight points by captain Felipe Reyes lifted Madrid in the last minute to make it 33-32 for the hosts at the break.

The third quarter started on a high note for Real Madrid led by Reyes. The hosts tried to run igniting the stand with every bakset while Valencia tried to keep up. Llull ran to cap a 10-4 run to start the second half that forced the first timeout of the period with a 43-36 score. Javtokas finally put back Omar Cook's miss to give Valencia some air, but on the other end Real Madrid kept pulling offensive boards for extra options in offense. De Colo however, rose from the arc to blast in a bomb from downtown that tied the game again with not much noise, 43-43. Martinez put the guests back on the leading track with a 0-7 run, but the score kept going back and forth thanks to Fischer's dunk. Cook was starting to set a new pace for his team as a solid court general, but Madrid had already pulled as many offensive rebounds as the total boards of Valencia. Nikola Mirotic scored his first points from the side and he soon added the second to keep the game tied, 49-49. The third period entered the last minute with De Colo culminating the transition with a layup and Llull replying with his own basket. But it would be De Colo from the line who would close the period with a 52-53 after 30 minutes.

Mirotic fed Tomic to start the last period and Real Madrid was back in command but Pietrus stole for a fastbreak dunk that evened things out for Valencia. The guests seemed to get their act together in the defensive rebounds now, but the ball didn't go in in offense. Tomic appeared again for points and intensity didn't even make a hint of going down on either side. The fight under the boards was at its peak and Mirotic forced a new foul to hit two free throws for 60-57 and his seventh point in the quarter. Javtokas finally stroke for Valencia in a drive for the basket and he soon hit a similar one off Savanovic¬°s assist to make it 62-61 entering the last 4 minutes. Tomic stopped the bleeding with two free throws but with that kind of tension, both teams were extremely selective with the shots. Clay Tucker shot an airball that was replied with two points by De Colo making it 64-63 with 90 seconds to go. In the following play, Tomic was called for travelling and De Colo hit a new long jumper to make it Valencia's game again, 64-65. Mirotic replied fast with a new basket and De Colo missed his turn and this time Mirotic wanted to end ir for good with his 11th point in the quarter with a three from the corner that made it 69-65 with 18 seconds to go. De Colo missed again a turnaround jumper and Prigioni sealed the win from the line to make it 1-0 for Real Madrid.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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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 20:58 14 6/13   2/2 1 3 4   3 1   1 4 1 9
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 33:51 6 0/1 1/4 3/4 2 2 4 3 2 1     3 4 10
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 26:35 9 1/1 2/6 1/3   5 5 3 1 1     2 4 13
9 REYES, FELIPE 19:59 10 5/10     8 1 9 1   1     3 2 13
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 20:01 11 3/5 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 1     1     3 15
14 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 8:33   0/2     2   2     1       2 1
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 3:27         1   1     1     3   -3
20 VIDAL, SERGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 FISCHER, DOR 15:35 6 3/4     4 2 6     1 2       12
22 ARTEAGA, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 LLULL, SERGIO 32:19 11 4/9 1/5   1 3 4 3 2 1     2 3 11
24 TUCKER, CLAY 18:42 4 1/3 0/4 2/2   2 2 1 1 4     2 1 -3
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 71 23/48 5/22 10/13 21 21 42 12 9 12 3 1 19 20 80
        47.9% 22.7% 76.9%
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
Power Electronics Valencia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 30:25   0/1 0/3     1 1 8 2 2     3   2
6 RICHARDSON, JEREMY 20:55 6 3/5             1 2     1   2
10 SIMEON, JOSE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 18:55 10 3/7   4/9 1 1 2   1 2   2 2 5 3
14 NAVARRO, DAVID 5:36 2 1/1     1   1           1   2
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 28:55 13 4/4 1/3 2/3   2 2 2   4     1 5 14
19 PIETRUS, FLORENT 14:34 3 1/2 0/2 1/2 1   1 1 1       4 1 -1
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 28:14 5 1/2 1/2   1 2 3 1 1 1     3 1 5
22 DE COLO, NANDO 21:47 15 4/7 1/2 4/4   3 3     2     4 4 12
23 FERNANDEZ, MARC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 30:39 11 5/8   1/2 2 4 6 1   2 1 1 1 3 14
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 65 22/37 3/12 12/20 9 17 26 13 6 15 1 3 20 19 60
        59.5% 25% 60%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"It was a tough Playoff game. In the sceond half we had calmer moments in which we played better and took also better shots. We managed to lead by 10 in the first half and the rebounds helped us stay in the lead. In the final minutes we stayed cool and managed to take the win. We are one step closer to the Final Four."
Power Electronics Valencia
"Congratulations to Real Madrid for the win. It was a typical Playoff game. We worked with intensity, especially in defense. I think we played an excellent game and we could execute our plan. The problem was that they had 21 offensive rebounds and it's hard to win a game with that, even if you do other things well. The series however has just started. It will be hard, but we have options."


Real Madrid
"We took our first step in the series. It was an important win but now we must forget about it and focus on the second game. If we don't win Thursday, tonight's win will not be as valuable. We know we are a couple steps short of a historic feat, but we must not put too much pressure on ourselves. The team did great work, and Tomic managed to stay strong with four fouls in the last quarter. We must focus on the 2-0 now."
Real Madrid
"At this point of the season you do not want to play well, you want to win. Even if it's only by half a point. We had some mistake sin defense but in the decisive moments we held up together and were stronger mentally. It was a great Playoff game in which only the win mattered."
Real Madrid
"It was a great pass by Pablo Prigioni and I was lucky enough to make the shot. I think we played a good game and now we can only hope for a second win. We have seen they are a good rival and now we must stay focused on the series and the next game. We had many offensive rebounds in the first periods and that allowed us to have more shots. We must keep going for the fans. They deserve to be in the Final Four next May."
Power Electronics Valencia
"It will be a balanced series as teh game showed tonight. They were more accurate in offense and that's why we lost in the final minutes. They took many offensive rebounds but we showed that we can win in Madrid. We have the chance to turn teh tables with a 1-1. That would be good news."
Power Electronics Valencia
"We didn't play very well in offense tonight. We know what didn't work out and what has to be improved for Game 2. We have to stay focused on teh series and we cannot allow them to pull those many offensive rebounds. We played good defense however. If we stay this way I think we can do something in the series."
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