2005-06PlayoffsGame 3
April 13, 2006 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Winterthur FC Barcelona is going back to the Final Four!

Barcelona became the last Final Four qualifier by downing archrivals Real Madrid 76-70 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,000 at home in Palau Blaugrana on Thursday in the last game of their best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoff series. As such, the 2003 Euroleague champions advanced to Prague, where they will face CSKA Moscow in one semifinal. Two-time defending champ Maccabi Elite faces Tau Ceramica in the other. It took some big shots to accomplish Thursday's thrilling victory, none bigger than Gianluca Basile's go-ahead triple with a minute to go. It rattled, bounced high and fell back through the net: Madrid never recovered. Michalis Kakiouzis led Barcelona with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting off the bench. Juan Carlos Navarro added 15 points and Fucka had 12 for Barcelona. Louis Bullock had 17 points for Real Madrid, Igor Rakocevic 14 and Alex Scales 10. Bullock had 12 points in the first half to give Madrid a 38-39 edge, but Barcelona stayed loyal to its strong man-to-man defense while Kakiouzis and Navarro gave the hosts a 59-52 lead early in the final period. It all came down to the final minute, in which Basile's triple fell while Bullock missed twice from downtown. Fucka sealed the win with an uncontested layup, allowing Barcelona fans to celebrate a return to the Final Four.

Navarro got Barcelona started after the opening tipoff with a basket-plus-free throw that Mickael Gelabale answered with an alley-oop layup. Rodrigo De La Fuente fed Shammond Williams for a big triple, giving Barcelona a 6-2 lead. It didn't last long, however, as Felipe Reyes hit his trademark five-meter jumper and Bullock followed with consecutive three-pointers. Hamilton and Reyes capped a 0-12 Madrid run with consecutive jumpers from the top of the key as Barcelona struggled at both ends, making poor shot choices while allowing the guests to get open. Navarro woke the crowd up with a big triple which brought the hosts within 9-14 midway through the period. Reyes headed to the bench with a second foul that let Fucka hit free throws to make it 11-14. Mous Sonko rescued Madrid with a corner triple and then followed Denis Marconato's put-back basket with another from downtown, good for a 13-20 margin for the guests. Basile joined the three-point festival before Madrid called timeout at 16-20. Barcelona now had troubles against the guests' zone defense until Fucka shined with an acrobatic layup. Scales fired in a huge triple but Kakiouzis beat the buzzer from beyond the arc to fix the score at 21-23 after 10 minutes.

Rakocevic slashed for a power layup, his first basket, but Kakiouzis bettered him with a corner triple and Fucka added a free throw as Barcelona tied it 25-25. Scales kept pacing Madrid with a long jumper, while Fucka made 2 more from the foul line. Madrid had already entered the foul bonus and opted to use a small lineup with Gelabale at power forward. Free throws by Basile put Barcelona briefly in charge, 29-27, as Rakocevic hit a stop-and-pop jumper which Edu Hernandez-Sonseca followed with a dunk for a 29-31 Madrid edge. Kakiouzis scored around the basket while Bootsy Thornton made free throws in a 5-0 Barcelona run that Jordi Trias capped with a foul shot. Madrid called a much-needed timeout and Rakocevic was next in the free throw line, making 2 of 3 to bring his team within 34-33. Madrid switched back to zone but Ed Cota beat it with a floating layup. Bullock copied him at the other end, after which Thornton fed Kakiouzis for a breakaway dunk. Madrid had the final word in this quarter, however, as Bullock followed free throws with a driving layup to give his team a 38-39 halftime edge.

Madrid carried on powering the offensive boards right after the break, and even when Barcelona improved its defense, De la Fuente and Fucka missed 2 free throws apiece. As such, both teams went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Rakocevic finally broke the ice with foul shots, but Fucka matched it with a layup for a 40-41 Barcelona deficit. The hosts forced a 24-second violation that allowed Navarro to score in the other end, while Marconato's two-handed dunk set the crowd on fire and the scoreboard at 44-41. Madrid quickly called timeout, after being limited to just 2 points in 5 minutes. Reyes scored in the paint and Hamilton hit free throws for a 45-45 tie, as both teams had entered the foul bonus. Barcelona now could not find the way to the basket while free throws by Rakocevic and Josh Fisher gave Madrid a 45-48 edge. Fucka fed Kakiouzis for a basket-plus-foul and Navarro hit his trademark floating layup, but Axel Hervelle nailed a step-back three-pointer to keep the guests ahead, 50-51. Kakiouzis scored coming off the baseline and then followed Navarro's free throws with a layup to capped a 6-1 run and give Barcelona a 56-52 lead after 30 minutes.

Navarro fired in a seven-meter three-pointer which gave Barcelona its biggest lead so far, 59-52, early in the final period. Bullock immediately answered from downtown, his first point in the second half, before Roger Grimau found space for an easy layup which forced a Madrid timeout at 61-55. Madrid kept looking for Bullock and Rakocevic now, as the latter buried a big three-pointer while Bullock fed Gelabale for a two-handed dunk which brought the guests within 62-60. Grimau stayed on fire with a critical triple, as both teams went scoreless in the next couple of minutes until Hamilton stepped up with a tip-in for a 65-62 Madrid deficit. Marconato scored inside for Barcelona but Scales banked a triple which made it a two-point game, 67-65, with 4 minutes to go. Marconato kept pacing the hosts with a put-back layup which Bullock erased with a jumper off a Madrid timeout. Rakocevic tied the game, 69-69, with a fast break layup, but Barcelona found a go-to guy down the stretch. Basile fired in a crucial triple which hit the rim, went up and fell, already in the final minute. Bullock missed twice from downtown at the other end, while Fucka sealed the win with a layup, 74-69, with 15 seconds to go. Scales just made 1 of 2 free throws, enough for a majority of fans in the standings to celebrate that Barcelona is back in the Final Four!

Michailis Kakiouzis - FC Barcelona - EB05
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Attendance: 8000
By Quarter1234
Winterthur FC Barcelona21171820
Real Madrid23161318
End of Quarter1234
Winterthur FC Barcelona21385676
Real Madrid23395270
Winterthur FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 32:15 8 0/1 2/8 2/2   3 3         1 3 2 2
7 FUCKA, GREGOR 34:45 12 3/7   6/11 2 3 5 3   2 3   2 7 17
8 TRIAS, JORDI 4:00 1     1/2   2 2       2   1 1 4
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 17:45 9 4/5   1/2 3 1 4           2 2 11
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 21:15 3 0/2 1/6     1 1 6 1 1         3
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 34:00 15 2/5 2/5 5/5 2 2 4 1   5     4 5 10
12 COTA, ED 8:00 2 1/2       2 2 1         4    
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 7:45       0/2 2   2 1   1     1 1  
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 23:15 19 5/7 2/3 3/3 1 4 5 2 1 1     3 3 23
21 THORNTON, BOOTSY 6:00 2 0/1   2/2   3 3 2         1 1 6
33 GASOL, MARC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 11:00 5 1/2 1/1     1 1   2       2 1 6
Team           1 4 5   1 1         5
Totals 200:00 76 16/32 8/23 20/29 11 26 37 16 5 11 5 1 23 23 87
        50% 34.8% 69%
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HAMILTON, VENSON 23:30 6 2/5   2/2 1 7 8 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 12
5 SONKO, MOUSTAPHA 15:45 6 0/1 2/5   1 3 4 2   1   1 1 2 7
6 FISHER, JOSH 9:15 2   0/1 2/2   1 1             1 3
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 26:30 14 3/4 1/6 5/7 1 5 6 3 2 2   1 3 5 16
9 REYES, FELIPE 27:15 6 3/7   0/2 1 2 3 1 1 1     3 3 4
13 GARCIA, HECTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 18:00 4 2/3           1       1 1   2
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 7:15 2 1/1     3 1 4           1 1 6
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 18:00 3 0/2 1/1     3 3 1 1 1     5 1 1
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 33:00 17 3/7 3/9 2/2 1   1 1 1 1     3 6 12
25 SCALES, ALEX 21:30 10 1/2 2/5 2/4 1 1 2   1 1   1 3 3 5
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 70 15/32 9/27 13/19 9 24 33 12 7 8 1 5 23 23 69
        46.9% 33.3% 68.4%
This game has no play by play yet

Head Coaches

Winterthur FC Barcelona
"I think we deserve to be in the Final Four. We played a great game against a great team. Getting to the Final Four is fine, but once you are there you want to win it. At least we want to win the first game there for starters. We had concentration tonight and that helped us take the game, not like what happened in Madrid in Game 2. I think the minutes of Grimau on the floor were a key for our win, and also Basile's lucky triple, but then again, Scales also had hit a lucky shot before. The atmosphere was incredible in the first game and especially in this one. With the Palau like this, we simply play different. We managed to control the defensive rebound neutralizing one of Real's best weapons. I think that the four teams in the Final Four are the four best in Europe but maybe Real Madrid could have been in the Final Four too if they had played a dfferent rival."
Real Madrid
"In general, I am happy with my team. We gave everything on court and played to the limit beating almost all the biggest teams in Europe. I wiash Barcelona all the luck in the Final Four, I have big respect for the club andI have friends there. Real Madrid needs a higher status in this competitions, we had to play an excellent game to have won tonight."


Winterthur FC Barcelona
"I am happy because this is the reward for all the hard work of the season, it is good for our morale. Now we must keep working because we also want to be first in the Spanish League. Any team can win two games in Prague and probably CSKA will want to take revenge from what it suffered last year. The fans were amazing, with a gym like this it's very hard to lose."
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"This is unbelievable, I am very happy. This team has played together for only one year and we reached the Final Four. Getting there is already a big success for the club, it's very important to be in that event. We know CSKA well and I am sure that by now, they also know some things about us so it will be a tough match. The kind of games you play in a Final Four are not easy to understand, the best thing you can do is enjoy them to the last second because they are games that you do not play often."
Real Madrid
"We played a bad third quarter, they could pull away by 3 or 4 points and maintained that lead. I can only congratulate Barcelona. For our part, we went far in this Euroleague, most of our fans thought we would be out of the game much sooner but we showed them we could make some things. I think we can say goodbye to the competition with no shame at all and even though I support Real Madrid I wish luck to Barcelona in the Final Four."
No results found.