Carroll's three-pointer lifts Real Madrid over Bayern
In one of the best games in Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season history, Real Madrid rallied from an 8-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat FC Bayern Munich 101-99 on a game-winning three-point shot by Jaycee Carroll. Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reyes led the winners with 20 points apiece. Reyes added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Sergio Llull had 18 points, while Carroll finished with 14 for Madrid. Nihad Djedovic led Bayern with 22 points, Alex Renfroe added 21, K.C. Rivers had 15 against his former team while John Bryant scored 14 for the guests. Madrid got off to a strong start, as Reyes and Fernandez gave Los Blancos a 13-4 lead. Reyes kept pushing Madrid and a jumper by Rivers only brought Bayern within 33-20 after 10 minutes. Bryant and Renfroe stepped up for the guests early in the second quarter, but Carroll struck three times from downtown to keep Madrid way ahead, 45-34. Bryant, Taylor and a buzzer-beating triple by Rivers tied the game, 51-51, at halftime. Bayern got its first lead, 51-53, soon after the break and used a 0-10 run that Deon Thompson capped with a slam to get a 73-81 lead after three-quarters. A three-pointer by Djedovic seemed to seal the outome, 88-96, with less than three minutes left, but Llull and Fernandez fueled a 10-0 run which Gustavo Ayon capped with a layup for a 98-96 Madrid lead with 34.8 seconds. Renfroe struck from downtown, but Carroll hit the game-winning three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left, allowing Madrid to celebrate a critical win.
First quarter: Reyes and Madrid roll
Felipe Reyes got Madrid going with tip-in, which Dusko Savanovic erased with a step-back jumper. Rudy Fernandez took over with a driving layup and Jonas Maciulis copied him for a 6-2 Madrid lead. A layup by Sergio Llull prompted Bayern to call timeout at 8-2. Nihad Djedovic scored in penetration, but Reyes found space for an uncontested layup, which Fernandez followed with a three-pointer for a 13-4 Madrid lead. John Bryant scored down low and a three-point play by Reyes made it a double-digit game, 16-6. Djedovic buried a triple and Bryant banked in a turnaround jumper to get Bayern within 17-11. An unstoppable Reyes followed a three-pointer with a layup in an 8-0 run that he capped with free throws for a 25-11 advantage. Anton Gavel struck from downtown and Savanovic hit a turnaround jumper, but a second-chance layup by Trey Thompkins and a triple in transition by Fernandez restored a 30-16 Madrid lead. Llull joined the three-point shootout, but a dunk by Alex Renfroe and a buzzer-beating jumper by K.C. Rivers kept Bayern within 33-20 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Rivers, Bryant rescue Bayern
Bryant scored around the basket early in the quarter, as Bayern improved its defense. Madrid was held scoreless for more than two minutes while a driving layup by Bryant and free throws by Renfroe gave Bayern hope at 33-26. Carroll hit a three-pointer from the top of the key, but Djedovic found Bryant for a one-handed slam. Renfroe hit a big three-pointer, but Carroll did even better with back-to-back shots from downtown to boost Madrid's margin to 42-33. Bryce Taylor split free throws and Fernandez nailed one from beyond the arc to restore a double-digit Madrid lead, 45-34. Djedovic hit free throws and a corner triple by Rivers brought Bayern within 45-39. Reyes rescued Madrid with a big basket. Paul Zipser stepped up with a put-back layup and a three-pointer by Taylor caused Madrid call timeout at 47-44. Gustavo Ayon banked in a close shot, but Bryant scored at the other end. A layup by Sergio Rodriguez restored a 51-46 lead. A layup by Renfroe and another buzzer-beating triple by Rivers tied the game at 51-51 at halftime.
Third quarter: Late 0-10 run puts Bayern in charge
Free throws by Djedovic gave Bayern its first lead of the game, 51-53, soon after the break. Llull shined with an off-balance jumper and a layup by Jonas Maciulis put Madrid back ahead, 55-53. Ayon took over with a layup in transition, that Bryant erased with a five-meter jumper. A three-pointer by Renfroe allowed Bayern to regain the lead, 57-58. Fernandez and Bryant exchanged free throws and a three-pointer by Maciulis gave Los Blancos a 62-60 edge. Rivers provided a highlight with an off-balance basket and improved Llull's layup with a bomb from downtown for a 64-65 Bayern edge. Djedovic, Andres Nocioni and Savanovic joined the three-point shootout to make it 67-71. Djedovic struck again from downtown and a baseline jumper by Deon Thompson forced Madrid to call a much-needed timeout at 67-76. Thompson took over with a wild dunk that capped a 0-10 run, as Fernandez and Llull brought Madrid within 71-80. Free throws by Gavel and Jeffery Taylor fixed the score at 73-81.
Fourth quarter: Down to the last shot!
Zipser shined with a put-back basket early in the quarter. Reyes made free throws, but Renfroe beat the shot clock with a one-handed floater in the lane. Ayon scored around the basket, but he didn't find much help around. Bayern kept powering the boards and extended its possessions to run the game clock down. Meanwhile, a driving layup by Taylor made it a 6-point game with six minutes left. Thompson stepped up with a power layup and Renfroe extended Bayern's margin back to double digits, 79-89. After Carroll made free throws, Savanovic buried a close jumper. Rodriguez kept Los Blancos within 83-91. Llull got the crowd involved with an off-balance basket and bettered Djedovic's backdoor layup with a bomb from downtown to make it 88-93. Djedovic sank a critical triple, but Llull split free throws and Fernandez downed a turnaround three-pointer. Llull scored off a steal and free throws by Reyes tied it at 96-96. Ayon had a big block on Savanovic and scored at the other end to complete Madrid's incredible comeback, 98-96, with 34.8 seconds left. Renfroe struck from downtown to regain the lead for Bayern, 98-99, with 20 seconds remaining. Madrid called timeout and Rodriguez fed Carroll for the game-winning triple with 3.1 seconds left. Bayern had a final chance to win the game, but Renfroe missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer.
Thursday, November 5, 2015