2021-22Regular SeasonRound 8
November 05, 2021 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 AUDI DOME

Real pulls out hard-fought win in Munich

Real Madrid scored the last 8 points of the game to pull out a hard-fought 76-80 road victory at FC Bayern Munich on Friday night. The victory improved Real to 6-2, while Bayern had its three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-5 on the season. Real controlled things in the first half and held an 11-point halftime lead, but Bayern rallied after the break and eventually went in front. The hosts were up 76-72 with 2:13 to go, but Real - playing without Walter Tavares and Vincent Poirier who both fouled out - found a way to finish the game on a 0-8 run and snatch a win. Guerschon Yabusele led Real with 21 points, and Sergio Llull was the only other Real player in double figures with 10. Augustine Rubit had 20 points and 5 assists for Bayern. Darrun Hilliard netted 16 points, DeShaun Thomas scored 11, while Corey Walden and Othello Hunter scored 10 apiece in the loss.

Tavares and Yabusele combined for all the visitors' points as Real opened a 4-11 lead. However, Rubit got hot, scoring the next 7 points for the hosts, including a three-pointer, and the teams were tied at 13-13 after 10 minutes. Rubit scored twice more to start the second quarter to put Bayern in front, but Real's offense started clicking. Llull and Tristan Vukcevic hit back-to-back triples. After Llull and Rubit traded threes, Poirier scored 5 points, including a three-point play, and Thomas Heurtel nailed a triple to open a 25-32 lead. Hilliard scored a runner, but Jeff Taylor hit from the outside before Yabusele extended the margin to 27-39. Hunter stopped the bleeding, but Real led 32-43 at halftime.

Bayern opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run which Hilliard capped with a three-pointer. However, Alberto Abalde responded, stringing together 7 points including a three-pointer, to keep Real with the lead. Walden answered with a triple to Abalde's triple, sparking the hosts' on a run during which Hunter scored a basket and drew a foul as Bayern tied it at 53-53. Real hit back with 7 consecutive points, a run that included a three-pointer from Yabusele, but Hilliard and Rubit scored the last five points of the third quarter, and the first 4 of the fourth to put Bayern up 62-60. Rudy Fernandez and Fabien Causeur each nailed three-pointers, but Thomas had a tough runner and a tougher corner triple to make it 68-66 with 5 minutes left. Yabusele knocked down another three-pointer, but Rubit dished and scored to keep Bayern up 73-69. Yabusele and Walden traded triples to maintain that margin with 2:13 to go, but that was the final basket of the game for Bayern. The visitors turned to a small lineup that did not allow a point in the final 2 minutes, as Causeur scored a pivotal fastbreak layup, while Heurtel, Yabusele and eventually Llull made 6 of 7 free throws to pull out a victory.

Key performance from Yabusele

Guerschon Yabusele was close to unstoppable on Friday night against Bayern. He finished the game with 21 points, scoring 8 of those in the last 4 minutes of the game. Yabusele made 5-of-6 two-point shots on the night, and 3-of-4 triples. He also added 3 rebounds and a steal to his tally.

Another player who had a big contribution, but in limited minutes, was young forward Tristan Vukcevic. He had a triple and a blocked shot in the first half, but the way he played not only allowed Real to keep foul-troubled Walter Tavares and Vincent Poirier on the bench, but also made coach Pablo Laso confident enough to send Vukcevic back on the floor late in the fourth quarter before deciding to finish the game with a small lineup.

Real's 80s in Munich

This was the tenth EuroLeague game between Real and Bayern since they first met in January 2014, and also the tenth time Real that scored 80 or more points. In this game, they did it by firing 5 more triples (32) than two-point attempts.

Real hit 11 of those threes, and dished 19 assists, but this win came behind the team's defense down the stretch. Bayern committed just 3 turnovers through the first three quarter, and just four going into the final 2 minutes of the game. But then Real forced 4 more turnovers, one of which led to a basket to tie the game at 76-76, and another one to seal the win with Sergio Llull foul shots which got Real to 80 points against Bayern once again.

Hunter's offensive rebounding milestone

Bayern center Othello Hunter entered the game ranked fifth on the all-time charts with 498 offensive rebounds. Coming off the bench, the Bayern big man needed less than 5 minutes on the floor in the first quarter to come down with a pair of offensive boards, and become only the fifth player ever to reach 500 offensive boards in his career.

Hunter finished the game with 5 offensive rebounds before leaving the game with an injury. He reached this milestone against one of his former clubs where he spent a season, Real Madrid. He started his EuroLeague career with Montepaschi Siena in the 2013-14 season, and in each of the last six seasons had at least 58 offensive rebounds. Since Hunter entered the league, only Kyle Hines has more offensive rebounds.

Guerschon Yabusele - Real Madrid - EB21
Friday, November 5, 2021
Attendance: 4982
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FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 17:49   0/2       4 4 2         2 1 3
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN 27:28 11 4/8 1/3   1 3 4     1   1 2   5
2 WALDEN, COREY 25:28 10 2/3 2/4     2 2 1 2 1     4 3 10
8 HUNTER, OTHELLO 13:56 10 3/5 1/1 1/2 5 1 6 1   1     2 2 13
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 1:24                         1   -1
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 34:44 7 2/4 0/2 3/4   3 3   1 2 1   4 3 4
12 GEORGE, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 OBST, ANDREAS 6:34                              
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 10:24 2 1/1 0/1   1   1             1 3
21 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 34:55 20 5/12 1/2 7/8 1 2 3 5   1     3 6 21
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 27:18 16 2/5 2/5 6/7   3 3 4 2 2   2 2 5 17
34 SCHILLING, GAVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 76 19/40 7/18 17/21 8 22 30 13 5 9 1 3 20 21 78
        47.5% 38.9% 81%
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
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 16:44 7 1/2 1/4 2/2       1         2 2 4
2 NUNEZ, JUAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 HEURTEL, THOMAS 18:10 5   1/4 2/3 1 3 4 3   1     1 2 8
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 23:35 5   1/6 2/2 1 3 4 2           1 7
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 17:40 9 2/4 1/4 2/2       2   1     1 1 5
8 HANGA, ADAM 9:39   0/3 0/1   2 2 4 2   1 1   2    
11 VUKCEVIC, TRISTAN 9:14 3   1/3   1   1 1     1   2   2
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 17:58 9 3/4   3/3 2 5 7 2   2 1 1 5 2 12
22 TAVARES, WALTER 22:10 7 3/3   1/1 3 6 9 1   2     5 3 13
23 LLULL, SERGIO 20:40 10 1/5 2/4 2/2   2 2 3 1 1     1 4 12
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 28:35 21 5/6 3/4 2/2   3 3   1 2     1 3 23
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 15:35 4   1/2 1/2   2 2 2 1 1     3 2 5
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 80 15/27 11/32 17/19 11 26 37 19 3 11 3 1 23 20 92
        55.6% 34.4% 89.5%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

FC Bayern Munich

"Congratulations to Real. We missed. They made. We missed a shot in the paint, they made a shot in the paint. We made a foul. I believe that we played a very good second half. A couple of plays didn't help us, but we had a good fight. It was big for us that Othello Hunter did not come back because he was playing very well. He got hit in the head, it was a very tough foul, and he was dizzy so he could not play."

"Congratulations to Real, they won a tough game. We had two different games. In the first half we were very bad. We allowed 30 points in the second quarter. But we regrouped and in the second half I believe we played a great game. We were able to change many things - energy, rebounding, be better at small and big things. We made a great run. But in the end, I believe it was one possession. We missed a shot under the basket, they passed the ball inside and it was a foul, two free throws. We lost on a single possession. It is sad but we fought and played a great second half."

Real Madrid

"I think first half was pretty good, we controlled almost every situation. Second half, I think we had some stupid turnovers. They are a very good team, they play solid, and they came back. And when it looked the worst, we stepped up. We ran out of big guys, but we controlled the last possession and played good defense at the end. I am happy for the victory. I think it was important because we had foul trouble with our bigs. Tristan Vukcevic did a great job helping us there. We finished playing with Guerschon and four outside guys. Somehow, we knew that we could suffer a little bit on rebounds, but we played a pretty good defense. We were aggressive and we got some steals. And then we executed better on offense and finally got a victory."

"Congrats to my players for the victory. I think it was a very tough game, we knew it would be. Bayern has a lot of depth, they showed it tonight. they played very hard and it is hard to get a victory here. We played very solid defensively and offensively. I think in the second half we lost a rhythm of the game a little bit, but in the end we were able to control our emotions. I think that made the difference in a very tight game. I think our bigs played pretty good. They had some trouble matching up some of the players. But also Rubit had a very good game, he was attacking our big guys and we got a lot of foul trouble. But in the end of the game we were able to play the other way. With small guys, and we were able to be concentrated. We were getting hurt a little bit inside, but we were rebounding well and moving the ball well. Also, they were switching almost everything defensively, so we needed to spread out the floor. That is what we did at the end, and I think it worked out."


Real Madrid

"It was a really tough game, a really tough win. We are really happy we got this game. We need to move on, go back home, learn and get better. Today my teammates did a great job of finding me on the court. Today it was me, tomorrow is going to be somebody else. We are just happy that we had teamwork today. We need to get better on offense and defense, find each other better. They played good, they had some tough threes, we had to live with it. We got to get better in general and play stronger."

"It was a really tough game. A tough win against a tough team. They play 40 minutes really hard, they really tried to take this game. But we played hard and winning the game is the most important thing. The key was just playing hard on defense, take the rebounds and try to play on offense. We played together and never gave up."

Real Madrid
"It was super-tough to win the game here. I think it was a miracle to win the game against a great team. I am super-happy that we got this win. Every game is different. We learned we got to fight until the end. We are not going to give up, we are going to try to win games, we are going to try to make plays in tough moments, like we did today. That will help us in the next games."