Real beats Fenerbahce to finish third
Real Madrid finished its season on a winning note by pulling away to beat Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 75-94 in the third place game on Sunday at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Gustavo Ayon starred with 23 points on perfect shooting from the field plus 11 rebounds and Facundo Campazzo set club and Final Four records with 15 assists to lead Real. Fabien Causeur added 13 points and Camapzzo and Trey Thompkins netted 12 points apiece. Kostas Sloukas paced Fenerbahce with 17 points and 6 assists, Melih Mahmutoglu added 14 points and Marko Guduric 11.
Both teams shook up their lineups for the game with Sinan Guler starting for Fenerbahce and Felipe Reyes in the Real lineup. Real pounded the paint early and through 8 points from Ayon and 4 from Reyes built a 7-15 advantage. Jaycee Carroll and Rudy Fernandez added three-pointers as the lead swelled to 9-22. Sloukas and Jan Vesely got Fenerbahce back on track and Guduric free throws narrowed the gap to 16-24 after 10 minutes. Guduric and Nicolo Melli connected on back-to-back threes to cap a 12-3 run that saw Fenerbahce jump ahead 32-31 with 4 minutes left in the half. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way until the break at which point Sloukas pushed his team in front 40-38.
The pace was back and forth with lots of scoring to start the second half. Sloukas hit a pair of threes in a 10-0 Fenerbahce run that put the team ahead 60-56. Ayon and Campazzo helped Real regain control and Los Blancos led 63-69 at the end of the third quarter. Causeur scored 8 in a 0-10 run to start the fourth quarter as Real looked to put the game on ice. Campazzo continued to rack up assists as Real pulled away fro good to finish their EuroLeague campaign on a high note.
Campazzo rewrites record book
Facu Campazzo rewrote the record book with his 15 assists. He set a Real Madrid club record, a Final Four single-game record and the mark for most assists in a single Final Four. The previous Real record was 13, which had been done three times previously – including by Campazzo in November of this season. The Final Four single-game record was 12 by Terrell McIntyre for Montepaschi Siena in the third place game in 2008. Camapzzo reached 21 assists for the weekend, which bested the Final Four record of 18 set by Dimitris Diamantidis for Panathinaikos Athens in 2011.
Ayon makes history, too
Gustavo Ayon's 11-for-11 shooting was the best in a Final Four game and tied for the second-best of any game in EuroLeague history. Maceo Baston made 6-of-6 for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2005 semifinal in Moscow, which had been the Final Four record. Ayon tied CSKA's Nando De Colo and FC Barcelona Lassa's Ante Tomic, who have had 11-for-11 shooting nights. The EuroLeague record remains 13 for 13 by Saulius Stombergas for Tau Ceramica Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2001.
Vesely adds to accolades
Freshly-crowned EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely had a quiet night with just 6 points in 11 minutes, but he did leapfrog – at least for now – CSKA Moscow's Kyle Hines and pass Dejan Bodiroga for third place in Final Four history with 48 made two-point baskets. The all-time leader is David Andersen with 57.
To dispose of Fenerbahce with relative ease, it helped that Real enjoyed a fantastic shooting night. Coach Laso's men made 23 of 35 two-pointers (65.7%) and 11 of 21 threes (52.4%). Those numbers, coupled with Real outrebounding Fenerbahce 23-34, tell the story of the game.
Sunday, May 19, 2019