Real Madrid rolled Partizan mt:s 101-83
Real Madrid got closer to become the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Group C champion by thrashing Partizan mt:s 101-83 in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Madrid improved to 7-2, registered its fifth consecutive win and will became the Group C champion if Maccabi Electra beats Anadolu Efes in Tel Aviv, Israel, tomorrow. Partizan dropped to 4-5 and will advance to the Top 16 if it beats EA7 Emporio Armani or loses by up to 3 points. Jaycee Carroll led the winners with 22 points. Nikola Mirotic added 20 while Felipe Reyes had 15 for Madrid. Milan Macvan led Partizan with 16 points. Vladimir Lucic added 13, Rasko Katic had 12 while Acie Law got 11 for the guests. Madrid missed just two shots in the entire first quarter, as Mirotic, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull helped the hosts to get a 27-15 margin after 10 minutes. Reyes had 10 points in the second quarter and got plenty of help from Rodriguez and Mirotic to boost Madrid's margin to 52-37 at halftime. Ante Tomic shined after the break to make Madrid break the game open, 58-37. Nothing changed from that moment, as Madrid kept a double-digit lead all the way until the final buzzer.
Madrid tried to very tall starting lineup with Kyle Singler and Carlos Suarez at both wings. Singler got Madrid going with a fast break layup but a put-back basket by Macvan and a three-pointer by Dragan Milosavljevic gave Partizan a 2-5 lead. Rodriguez answered from downtown and free throws by Mirza Begic put Madrid back ahead, 7-6. Macvan kept pacing Partizan with a backdoor layup that Mirotic erased with foul shots. Rodriguez banked in a close shot but a fast break layup by Macvan kept Partizan within 11-10. Mirotic followed free throws with a fast break layup, as Partizan struggled to get Macvan involved off a timeout. Miroslav Raduljica split free throws that Suarez matched with a jump hook. Partizan could not find the way to the basket and a hook shot by Begic forced the guests to call timeout at 19-11. Llull followed foul shots with a fast break layup to cap a 13-1 Madrid run. Katic made free throws and Dusan Kecman added a driving basket but Carroll and an unstoppable Mirotic gave Madrid a 27-15 margin after 10 minutes.
Reyes hit a baseline jumper early in the second quarter, as Madrid stayed aggressive on defense. Lucic tried to change things with a fast break layup, as the guests had managed to lock the defensive board once Madrid started to miss open shots. Raduljica scored down low but a jump hook by Reyes kept Madrid way ahead, 31-19. Milosavljevic scored in penetration but Carroll set the crowd on fire with a wild three-pointer - and the free throw that came with it. Lucic scored again but a put-back basket by Reyes made it a 14-point game, 37-23. Macvan made foul shots but Carroll bettered that with a three-pointer off a screen. Petar Bozic took over with a triple-and-foul off the glass and Lucic added his own shot from downtown to bring Partizan within single digits, 41-32. Singler made free throws but Macvan downed a three-pointer and Marko Cakarevic added a fast break layup to make Madrid call timeout at 44-37. Reyes stepped up with 4 unanswered points, Mirotic made free throws and Rodriguez added a driving layup that fixed the halftime score at 52-37.
Rodriguez fed Tomic for an alleyoop layup right after the break, as Madrid kept trying to speed up the game tempo. Tomic buried a baseline jumper and followed that with a jump hook that broke the game open, 58-37, after a 14-0 run that bridged between both halves. Law struck from downtown but Mirotic answered in the same way for a 61-40 score. Katic and a red hot Tomic traded baskets but a backdoor layup by Suarez forced Partizan to call timeout at 65-42. Madrid kept running the floor wuth an outstanding Rodriguez getting everyone involved. Mirotic hit 4-of-4 free throws and a wild dunk by Lucic only managed to get Partizan within 69-44. Katic hit free throws and added a fast break dunk, as Partizan tried a 2-3 zone defense. Carroll immediately punished it with a three-pointer, as Bozic tried to change things with a five-meter shot. Carroll kept pacing Madrid with a one-handed floater in the lane and Begic found Reyes for an easy basket but free throws by Lucic and Milosavljevic kept Partizan within 76-54. Lucic beat the buzzer with a fast break layup for a 76-56 Partizan deficit after 30 minutes.
Lucic fed Katic for an easy layup early in the fourth quarter. Begic stepped up with a backdoor layup that Katic matched with a five-meter jumper. Carroll took over with a three-point play, as Madrid kept trying to please its fans with its run-and-gun game. Macvan shined with a driving layup but Singler improved that with a three-pointer that boosted the hosts' lead to 84-62. The outcome was clear already but Partizan kept fighting to reduce its deficit. Macvan and Raduljica made free throws, as Novica Velickovic returned to the floor after being sidelined for 9 weeks. Velickovic pleased the crowd with a smooth jump hook but Macvan answered in the same way for an 86-67 score. Danilo Andjusic made free throws that Reyes improved that with a layup-plus-foul. Andjusic struck from downtown and a layup by law got Partizan a bit closer at 89-74. Carroll hit free throws and soon added triple for a 94-77 score with 2 minutes to go. Mirotic shined with back-to-back baskets and a three-pointer by Jorge Sanz allowed Madrid to broke the 100-point mark, 101-83, for the third time this season.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011