2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 22, 2013 CET: 20:45

Madrid survives homecourt scare to keep first place

Real Madrid needed to resist a second comeback by Alba Berlin to hold on at home for a 77-72 victory on Friday and keep its share of first place in Top 16 Group E. Madrid survived a scare to raise its record to 7-1, tied with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for first place, while Alba fell to 1-7. Alba had rallied from 11 points down before halftime to lead for long minutes of the second half. Madrid re-established a double-digit lead at 73-63 before the visitors cut it to 75-72 with 35 seconds left, but Alba couldn't score again. Jaycee Carroll paced Madrid with 16 points, while Rudy Fernandez had 14, Nikola Mirotic 12 and Felipe Reyes 11. Alba got 14 points from Deon Thompson and 11 each from Yassin Idbihi and Dashaun Wood. Alba out-rebounded Madrid, the league leader, by 10-15 on the offensive glass and 31-40 overall, but Madrid's 25-for-29 free throw shooting as compared to 8 of 14 for the visitors, spelled the difference in the end.

Mirotic gets Madrid out front

Following a game-opening basket by Carlos Suarez, Madrid boosted its lead to 5-0 at the foul line and then to 10-2 as Mirotic found his shot from the arc. Wood got Alba’s first three-pointer as the visitors were able to pull within 12-9 on a layup by Idbihi. But that's when Mirotic detonated his second triple, blasting off a screen to make it 15-9. Albert Miralles answered from a shorter distance for Alba just as Derrick Byars answered free throws by Fernandez with a three-pointer to make it 17-14. The pattern held as Mirotic and Slaughter strung together 3 more free throws, but this time Alba's answer was a split-second late as a Miralles tip-in of a Byars miss was ruled to have come after the buzzer as Madrid held onto a 20-14 advantage after 10 minutes.

Miralles rallies Alba from 11 down

Miralles got his 2 points back in style to start the second quarter, dunking on a great pass from Heiko Schaffartzik, who soon drilled a three-pointer to get Alba within 22-19. But no sooner did he do that than Carroll matched him at the other end for Madrid. When Felipe Reyes got behind the defense in transition for a layup, Madrid's lead was back up to 25-19. After a timeout, Alba went inside to Idbihi for a hook shot, but Madrid answered with 7 points in a row - by Mirza Begic, Carroll from downtown, and Martynas Pocius - for the game’s first double-digit lead, 34-23. Alba responded strong, however. Thompson stuck with a rebound for a three-point play while Wood hit a free throw and fed Miralles on the break. When Idbihi downed free throws following an offensive rebound and Miralles made another tip-in, it was suddenly 34-33. Alba's run was 0-10 and it even had a three-point shot by Wood to go ahead, but it missed on the buzzer as Madrid clung to the minimum difference at halftime.

Alba makes its buzzer-beater this time

As Miralles did to start the second quarter, Wood got the basket he wanted after halftime to give Alba its first lead, 34-35. Madrid's scoreless streak stretched over 5 minutes bridging the halves as Je'Kel Foster drove baseline to make it a 0-14 run for Alba in that span. Fernandez ended Madrid's drought with an acrobatic layup, but Thompson answered him with a turnaround jumper to make it 36-39. Next, Fernandez created with a feed to Rafa Hettsheimer on the break. When Sergio Llull made 2 free throws, Madrid re-took the lead at 40-39, but Schaffartzik was ready with a three-pointer in response. Hettsheimer downed a short shot, but Sven Schultze also hit from the arc on Alba's next trip down the floor. With Alba ahead 42-45, Madrid went to its patented Llull-to-Fernandez lob for reverse dunk at 44-45. A Suarez layup and free throws by Fernandez were sandwiched around a three-point play by Thompson for a 48-48 tie. Inbounding with 4 seconds left in the quarter, Alba got the ball to Byars, who back-stepped for a rainbow jumper to put his team ahead 50-48 after 30 minutes.

Madrid holds on thanks to Reyes, Carroll

Fernandez kick-started the fourth quarter with a steal and fastbreak three-point play to regain the lead for Madrid. Wood was ready again, however, burying a triple as Alba went back up, 51-53. Reyes tied it up from the top of the lane before Carroll did the honors of shooting Madrid into the lead again from downtown. When Sergio Rodriguez fed Hettsheimer for a layup-plus-free throw, Madrid led 59-53 with 7:20 to play. Miralles got a free throw back before Wood's fastbreak layup made it 59-56. Carroll made an unconscious three-pointer off a screen and a pair of perfect free throws, however, for Madrid's biggest lead since the first half, 64-56. Free throws by Reyes were answered with a hook by Idbihi and a fastbreak layup by Nihad Djedovic. Mirotic scored inside and Carroll on the foul line to restore a double-digit lead, 70-60. Idbihi got loose for a basket-plus-free throw, but Reyes copied him at the other end. Thompson found back-to-back inside baskets as Alba refused to say die at 75-67. And when Foster broke for a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw, it was suddenly a five-point game again, 75-70, with 2 minutes left. Alba's defense held, but Carroll came up with a steal and Mirotic with an offensive rebound to eat a minute off the clock. Schaffartzik got a basket with 34 seconds left to extend Alba's run to 0-7 and make it a 75-72 scoreboard. But Fernandez returned to make a great cut, get fouled and sink both free throws with 16 seconds left that were enough to hold off the visitors and keep Madrid perfect at home this season.

Nikola Mirotic - Real Madrid - EB12
Friday, February 22, 2013
Attendance: 7849
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Alba Berlin14191722
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Alba Berlin14335072
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:11 14 3/7 0/5 8/9   2 2 1 1 1       6 13
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 7:51 2 1/2 0/2         1              
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 17:50 6 3/3 0/1   1 2 3 1 1       2   8
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:40 11 3/5 0/1 5/5 2 1 3 1 1   1   3 6 17
11 MARTIN, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 28:17 12 2/2 2/3 2/2 2 5 7 1   2 1   1 4 21
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 20:00 2 1/3 0/2     1 1 6   2     2 2 3
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 14:09 7 3/5   1/1 3 4 7 1         4 2 11
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 8:43 4 1/1   2/2   1 1 1   1     3 1 3
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 22:10 16 0/3 4/5 4/4   2 2 1 1       2 2 16
23 LLULL, SERGIO 28:14 2 0/3 0/3 2/4   2 2 4 1 3     1 2 -1
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 11:55 1     1/2 1 1 2     1     1 2 2
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 77 17/34 6/22 25/29 10 21 31 18 5 10 2 0 19 27 94
        50% 27.3% 86.2%
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 10:41 3   1/5                 1 2 1 -3
7 NEY, JOEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 16:11 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 2 1 1     2   6
9 THOMPSON, DEON 26:50 14 6/13   2/2 3 4 7     2   1 3 4 12
11 BYARS, DERRICK 17:11 5 1/3 1/1 0/2 1 3 4 1   2     2 1 3
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 17:23 4 2/5     1 2 3 3   4     3    
19 MIRALLES, ALBERT 17:33 9 4/5   1/2 3 1 4     2     3 2 8
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 24:24 11 2/4 2/6 1/2   2 2 1 1 2     1 2 7
25 FOSTER, JEKEL 21:48 7 3/3 0/2 1/1   2 2 1 1 1     4 2 6
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 23:49 11 4/7   3/5 6 3 9     1     3 7 18
44 MORLEY, ZACH 24:10   0/4     1 7 8 2   1     4   1
Totals 200:00 72 23/45 6/19 8/14 15 25 40 10 3 16 0 2 27 19 58
        51.1% 31.6% 57.1%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"I am happy with this win. It wasn't an easy game, but this is what we expected. Alba is a tough defensive team. For that reason, we did not feel comfortable in the first half, in which they were better than us at rebounding. We improved in the second half and managed to get some steals, but kept missing open shots, even layups. Even with that, we managed to win a complicated game. We are happy, but it is a long Top 16."
Alba Berlin
"Congratulations to Real Madrid. We did a great job and I am satisfied with being close to winning a game like this. It was a great experience for Alba to come here and be able to compete. It would have been incredible to finish the job with a big road win in a place like this. Our turnovers and other mistakes prevented us from having more chances to win."


Real Madrid
"It was a tough game. We got off to a good start, then went down a little, but improved in the second half, especially in rebounding. We want to play better defense. Every Euroleague game is important; we have to play well and win as many games as possible. We improved our rebounding and managed to get some steals. We had no steals at halftime, but finished the game with 5. We ran the break, played better defense and rebounded. We know we are a good team with the ball in our hands. I felt very really good today, but I have to keep working hard."
Real Madrid
"It was not an easy game, even though they only got one win until now. Alba came here to try to get a win and it was hard for us to get into the game in the early going. We did not do well on defense or on the defensive board. They made the most out of it and turned the game into a more difficult one than we expected. They powered the offensive boards really well and we were not able to stop them That allowed them to get the lead in the first half. We played much better in the second half because the whole team worked hard and got the win, which is what we wanted. We are playing well at home, but the most important games are ahead of us. We must stay undefeated at home to get the goal we want - going to the Final Four."
Real Madrid
"Alba fight for a lot for every rebound, every possessions, and are a patient team on offense. It was hard for us, especially in the first half. We reached halftime thinking that we had to play better. We managed to get our rhythm going, improve our defense and rebounds. That allowed us to win the game. We are happy but have a lot of work to do. Winning is the most important things and this is what we did tonight."
Alba Berlin
"We played a very good game, but Madrid is a great team. We did a good job, but it was not enough to beat Madrid. We have to be happy with the job we did, but their bigger talent prevailed in the second half. We had too many turnovers late in the game. We are 1-7 and being realistic, it is almost impossible for us to go the playoffs. Being in the Top 16 is a great achievement for Alba, an important first step for us."
Alba Berlin
"We played a good game tonight. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you play well or not. Winning is what matters and we didn't manage to get what would have been a great win. They have an outstanding backcourt. That is their main strength. It is what makes them finish games like this."
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