2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
December 13, 2007 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PALACIO VISTALEGRE

Madrid undid Fenerbahce Ulker 87-77

Real Madrid took yet another step forwards to advance to the Top 16 in Group C by downing Fenerbahce Ulker 87-77 in the Spanish capital on Thursday night. Madrid improved to 6-2 and ties with AXA FC Barcelona for the second spot in Group C. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce dropped to 4-4 and is fourth in the standings. Felipe Reyes led the winners with 17 points on 7-for-10 two-pointers while Kerem Tunceri added 12 for Madrid, that already beat its opponents in Turkey earlier in the regular season. Willie Solomon led Fenerbahce with 16 points and 6 assists. Oguz Savas added 16, James White had 11, Omer Onan got 10 while Mirsad Turkcan grabbed 10 rebounds for the guests. Blagota Sekulic had 4 points in a 9-0 run that Michalis Pelekanos capped with a layup that helped Madrid to get a 26-18 lead after 10 minutes. Louis Bullock shined in the second quarter, while Reyes and a final tip-in from a recovered Alex Mumbru booste the hosts' lead to 47-33 at halftime. Fenerbahce tried to change things in the second half, but Madrid used effective man-to-man defense and a patient offense with all players involved to seal a big win.

Gasper Vidmar got Fenerbahce going with a layup that Reyes matched in the other end. Turkcan sank a mid-range jumper for a 2-4 Fenerbahce lead. Madrid kept missing open shots but managed to ajust its offense while Tunceri nailed a three-pointer. Vidmar provided a highlight with a power dunk but Reyes bettered it with a three-point play, good for a 8-6 Madrid edge. Solomon made free throws that Tunceri erased with a closer basket. Madrid kept struggling in the defensive end, as Solomon fed Savas with a layup-plus-foul. Tunceri kept pacing Madrid with a jumper that a red hot Savas matched with a driving layup. Tunceri - who else? - buried one from downtown as Madrid now started to dominate the boards. Meanwhile, Sekulic followed a jump hook with a tip-in for a 19-13 Madrid lead. Pelekanos capped a 9-0 run with an acrobatic layup, making Fenerbahce call timeout at 21-13. Solomon rescued the guests with a triple but Bullock took over with a floating jumper. Free throws by Solomon and a step-back three-pointer by Smith fixed the score at 26-18 after 10 minutes.

Bullock got the crowd involved with a layup off a steal that Emir Preldzic quickly erased in the other end. Fenerbahce tried a young frontcourt featuring Savas, Preldzic and Omer Asik. Another youngster, Sergio Llull, made free throws for a 30-20 Madrid lead. Bullock shined with a running triple, as Fenerbahce now had troubles against Madrid's aggressive man-to-man defense. James White beat the shot clock buzzer with a corner three-pointer and Onan added a fast break layup off a steal but Madrid did not panic. Pelekanos made free throws and Axel Hervelle nailed a corner triple, good for a 37-25 Madrid lead. White scored again and Hakan Damirel added a backdoor layup to give Fenerbahce some hope, 37-29. Bullock kept pacing Madrid with a long two-pointer and Lazaros Papadopoulos added his trademark hook shot to keep Madrid way ahead, 41-31. White and Reyes traded free throws, as Madrid kept excelling in defense now. Reyes stepped up with a put-back basket while Mumbru beat the buzzer with a tip-in that made it a 14-point game, 47-33, at halftime.

Sekulic made free throws on Vidmar's fourth foul right after the break but White fed Savas for a layup while Onan added a fast break basket to get Fenerbahce within 49-37. Tunceri buried another jumper while Pelekanos nailed a triple from the right wing, good for a 54-37 Madrid margin. Reyes added a fast break layup, as Fenerbahce had troubles at both ends now. Solomon tried to change things with a mid-range jumper that Tunceri quickly matched with an easy layup. Savas scored in the low post and Solomon added an acrobatic layup to get Fenerbahce within 58-43. Savas scored around the basket but Papadopoulos provided a highlight with a power dunk. White stroke from downtown but Smith answered to keep Madrid way ahead, 62-48. Onan stepped up with a driving layup, as Fenerbahce improved it defense, making it much more aggressive through an outstanding Turkcan. The guests did not find the way to the basket however, as Madrid kept a 62-50 margin after 30 minutes.

Hervelle provided a highlight with a wild alleyoop dunk earloy in the fourth quarter but Turkcan scored around the basket for a 64-52 Fener deficit. It was make-or-break time for the guests but Madrid dominated the offensive board now. Raul Lopez drew a foul and calmly made 3 free throws but Asik scored coming off the baseline. Papadopoulos shined with a big basket in the low post that Savas bettered it with a three-point play to get the guests within 69-57. Madrid kept running its offense through Papadopoulos, who scored inside before more free throws by Lopez made it 73-57. Solomon and Hervelle traded baskets, as Fenerbahce was running out of time. Solomon stroke from downtown that Asik added a power layup for a 76-64 deficit with 4 minutes remaining. Free throws by Onan and Asik got Fenerbahce even closer, 77-67. Reyes dunked it off a steal but Onan immediately answered and Savas added a put-back layup to make it an eight-point game, 79-71. Mumbru hit a turnaround jumper to seal the outcome, as all Madrid fans were already celebrating an important win.

Thursday, December 13, 2007
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Attendance: 5200
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Real Madrid26211525
Fenerbahce Ulker18151727
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Real Madrid26476287
Fenerbahce Ulker18335077
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 22:45 6 1/3 1/1 1/2 1 3 4 2 2 3     3 3 8
7 SMITH, CHARLES 17:24 5 1/1 1/2     3 3 5 1 1     1   11
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 18:37 6 2/7   2/2 3 3 6   1         2 10
9 REYES, FELIPE 23:40 17 7/10   3/3 2 4 6 3 1 2     3 2 21
13 AGUILAR, PABLO 1:23 2 1/1                         2
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 20:00 9 4/6   1/2   4 4 1   1     1 2 11
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 16:38 4 2/4 0/2   2 3 5 1 1 4     1 1 3
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 16:20 8 1/3 2/3   1   1   1       2   5
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 13:20 12 3/3 2/4             1     2   7
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 23:13 9 3/5 1/2     1 1 2 1 1     2 2 9
23 LLULL, SERGIO 9:20 4 0/1 0/1 4/4   2 2 3   1     1 2 7
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 17:20 5 0/1 0/2 5/5   1 1 1   2       3 5
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 87 25/45 7/17 16/18 10 24 34 18 8 16 0 0 16 17 100
        55.6% 41.2% 88.9%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WHITE, JAMES 27:53 14 2/3 2/4 4/4 1   1 2 1 2       2 15
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 34:44 16 3/6 2/8 4/5 1 3 4 6 3 3     4 4 16
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 28:16 6 3/6 0/2   4 6 10     1     1 2 11
7 ONAN, OMER 32:41 10 4/7 0/4 2/3   2 2 2 4 2     3 2 7
8 BASAK, RASIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 9:48 4 2/5       1 1 1 1 1     4 1  
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN 5:16 2 1/1           1 1 1     1   2
16 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 26:02 16 7/11 0/1 2/2 2 1 3 3 1 1       2 19
24 ASIK, OMER 15:54 7 3/4   1/4 1 4 5 2 1       3 2 10
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 19:26 2 1/1 0/1             1     1 1  
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 26/44 4/20 13/18 9 19 28 17 12 12 0 0 17 16 82
        59.1% 20% 72.2%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"This is a very important win for us, even when I am not very happy with our fourth quarter. We can do much better than that. Even with that, it is an important win because Fenerbahce Ulker is now two wins away in the standings. This is an important step to finish in the upper part of the group, and this is the most positive outcome for us in this game. We now had to be ready for a big Spanish League showdown against DKV Joventut this weekend."
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Real Madrid deserved to win tonight. We trailed all the way in the game but we kept our options alive in the fourth quarter. The key to our loss was our bad percentage in three-pointers and long two-pointers. I am happy with the way my frontcourt played tonight, especially my younger players. They had extended playing time and showed they can be important from now on. It is difficult to win when your opponent scores 18-19 points in each quarter, especially if you play a great team like Real Madrid on the road."


Real Madrid
"Both teams had similar records entering this game and it was a tough one for us. We knew we had to stay focused against Fenerbahce and get an important lead as soon as possible. We did what we had to do that this win allows us to get ready for bigger games to come in the near future. It is always tough to play once you have recovered from a serious injury. I am doing the best I can, plus my coach and teammates are helping me a lot."
Real Madrid
"It was a tough game for us. Madrid had some advantage because they came here without Ibrahim Kutluay and Semih Erden. Even with that, they played well in the beginning but Madrid played excellent basketball in key moments of the game. That allowed us to get a safe lead in the final minutes. We won the game, and this is what matters. I wasn't especially motivated because I was facing a Turkish team. I have been playing well in the last 4-5 games, I feel in good shape and only try to help my team as much as I can."
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It was not an easy game for us, as it is difficult to play with you are without two key players. Even with that, we were in the game in the fourth quarter, even when we had no chances to win it. Real Madrid played very well and if they take a lead in the early going, it is a tough team to beat. Madrid deserved to win. I keep trying to do my job, grab rebounds and help my team as much as I can. It feels good to keep having the chance to become the first player to grab 1,000 rebounds in the Euroleague, it is important for me."
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