2021-22Regular SeasonRound 5
October 21, 2021 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Poirier lifts Real to fourth victory

In a thriller that came down to the final shot, Real Madrid remained undefeated at home after edging Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 70-69 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Real improved to 4-1 in the standings while Fenerbahce dropped to 2-3. Vincent Poirier became the game's hero with the go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and set a Real club record with 17 rebounds. Fabien Causeur added 16 points while Thomas Heurtel had 10 for Real, which was without Edy Tavares and Sergio Llull. Tavares missed the game to be with his wife at the birth of their child. Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce with 11 points and Jan Vesely had 10. Without Tavares, Fenerbahce got its big men involved early in the game, as Achille Polonara, Vesely and Ahmet Duverioglu gave the visitors a 10-15 lead after 10 minutes. An outstanding Achille Polonara helped Fenerbahce make it a double-digit game, 20-30. Fabien Causeur struck three times from beyond the arc to bring Real back to life, 35-41, at halftime. Causeur kept pushing Real and got help from Carlos Alocen and Rudy Fernandez to get the hosts closer, 50-52, after 30 minutes. De Colo gave Fenerbahce a 66-69 lead already in the final minute but Causeur scored in penetration, Poirier added free throws and Real held on.

Vesely got Fenerbahce going with a layup in transition and a floater, but Adam Hanga and Thomas Heurtel each struck from downtown for a 6-4 Real lead. Polonara stepped up for the visitors, DyShawn Pierre hit a triple and Devin Booker dunked. Alberto Abalde drew Los Blancos within 10-12. The visitors continued to excel on defense and found a new go-to guy in Duverioglu, who helped Fenerbahce to a 10-15 margin after 10 minutes.

Sehmus Hazer scored off a steal early in the second quarter and Melih Mahmutoglu bettered Eli Ndiaye's tip-in with a three-pointer for a 12-20 Fenerbahce lead. Abalde and Nigel Williams-Goss each answered from beyond the arc, but Polonara struck twice from downtown and got help from Mahmutoglu and Vesely to make it a double-digit game, 20-30. Causeur hit a triple and Williams-Goss added a jumper off the dribble, but Booker, Marial Shayok and Pierria Henry each scored around the basket, prompting Real to call timeout at 25-36. Guerschon Yabusele scored in the paint and Causeur downed consecutive three-pointers to bring Real closer, 35-41, at halftime.

Real was held scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Heurtel buried a one-handed floater in the lane. Meanwhile, De Colo and Henry restored a 37-46 Fenerbahce lead. Adam Hanga ignited the crowd with a rainbow three-pointer, Alocen found his first points and Fernandez struck from way downtown to bring Real within 45-48. Booker scored down low and Hazer added a driving layup that gave Fenerbahce fresh air at 45-52. Alocen found space for an uncontested driving basket and Causeur beat the third-quarter buzzer with a huge triple, 50-52.

Henry hit a jumper early in the fourth quarter and De Colo scored off a steal for a 50-56 Fenerbahce lead. Jeffery Taylor downed his trademark corner triple and Vincent Poirier matched De Colo's layup with a dunk. Alocen buried a three-pointer and Fernandez bettered Mahmutoglu's fallaway jumper with a wild bomb from downtown for a 61-60 Real lead. Duverioglu scored in penetration but Alocen and Poirier helped the hosts regain the lead at 64-62. Vesely scored off an inbounds pass and Henry sank a critical triple for a 64-67 Fenerbahce lead in the next-to-last minute. Heurtel and De Colo exchanged free throws and Causeur's driving layup made it 68-69 with 31.0 seconds left. Henry missed from downtown and Fenerbahce fouled Poirier with 10.7 seconds left. He made both attempts and Shayok missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.

Poirier sets Real record

Real Madrid center Vincent Poirier set a club record for most rebounds in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Poirier pulled down 17 rebounds in his team's 70-69 victory against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - 11 of them in the defensive end. Edy Tavares, who missed the game to be with his wife at the birth of their child, had the previous record with 16 rebounds against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on March 28, 2019. Poirier did much more than just rebound, however, as he also hit the go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left, which allowed Real to register its fourth victory.

Real uses threes, rebounds to win

Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul played a physical, intense game that came down to the last shot. Fenerbahce had a much higher team PIR (80) than its opponent (67) and shot the ball with higher percentages inside (54.8% 2FG, Real 43.5%) and outside the arc (40.0% 3FG, Real 36.1%). Real, however, pulled down 14 offensive rebounds, twice as many as Fenerbahce, which was limited to 7. Vincent Poirier pulled down 6 of his club-record 17 boards on the offensive end. That allowed Real Madrid to take 36 three-point shots, of which it made 13. Fenerbahce buried just 6 and despite having a better percentage, it was one of the keys to the game.

Eli Ndiaye joins list of homegrown talents

Real Madrid youngster Eli Ndiaye made his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut in his team's showdown against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. By doing so, Ndiaye became the 12th homegrown talent to play in the EuroLeague for Los Blancos since head coach Pablo Laso joined the team before the start of the 2011-12 season. Luka Doncic, the 2017-18 EuroLeague MVP and 2018 Final Four MVP, and Usman Garuba, the 2020-21 EuroLeague Rising Star award winner, lead a list that also includes Dani Diez, Alberto Martin, Willy Hernangomez, Santi Yusta, Jonathan Barreiero, Dino Radoncic, Melwin Pantzar, Mario Nakic and Tristan Vukcevic.

Fabien Causeur - Real Madrid - EB21
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Attendance: 6595
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid10251520
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul15261117
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid10355070
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul15415269
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL 7:47 5 1/2 1/2           1 2       2 4
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 25:09 16 2/2 4/7             1       3 15
4 HEURTEL, THOMAS 16:13 10 1/5 1/1 5/6   2 2 2   2     2 2 7
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:49 6   2/8   2 2 4 3   2 1   3   3
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 11:25 7 2/2 1/5   1 1 2 1   1     1   4
8 HANGA, ADAM 18:49 6 0/1 2/5     1 1 1         1   3
11 VUKCEVIC, TRISTAN 4:49     0/1                     1  
12 ALOCEN, CARLOS 19:10 8 1/3 1/3 3/4 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 2 5 9
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 29:09 5 1/4   3/4 6 11 17 1 1 4 1 1 4 3 15
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 25:06 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3 1 2 2     1 1 2
30 NDIAYE, ELI 6:44 2 1/1     1   1   1       1   3
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 14:50 3   1/2         2   1     3    
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 70 10/23 13/36 11/14 14 21 35 13 6 17 2 2 18 17 67
        43.5% 36.1% 78.6%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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 Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 HAZER, SEHMUS 9:21 4 2/2       2 2 1 1 1     1 1 7
3 SHAYOK, MARIAL 20:03 5 1/3 1/2     2 2 1   1   1 2 1 2
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 10:25 7 2/2 1/3         1         2   4
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 DE COLO, NANDO 30:44 11 4/6 0/3 3/3   2 2 6 2 3 1   2 6 18
20 HENRY, PIERRIA 28:58 9 3/9 1/2   2 2 4 3 1 1     1 3 11
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 20:44 3 0/2 1/1     4 4 1 1 1   1 1 2 6
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 4:19   0/1       1 1     3         -3
24 VESELY, JAN 21:43 10 5/7     1 2 3 1 1       4 1 10
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 23:56 6 3/7     1 2 3 2   1     2   4
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 21:59 9 1/1 2/4 1/4 2 3 5 1 2 1 1   1 3 14
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 7:48 5 2/2   1/2 1 1 2     1     1 1 5
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 69 23/42 6/15 5/9 7 23 30 17 8 13 2 2 17 18 80
        54.8% 40% 55.6%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"First of all, congratulations to the guys for the win. I think it was a hard-worked victory. Obviously, we knew it was going to be difficult, they are a physical, experienced team. We had some players out, and had last-minute absences, even during the game. You knew Sergi [Llull] was out and it looks like Nigel [Williams-Goss] has to undergo tests, but he may have a problem in one of his fingers. He couldn't get back to play and we have to wait. Trey [Thompkins] and Randolph are also out and then Edy [Tavares], as you all probably know. With all that, I had quite a messy pre-game. I hope everything goes fine and that Edy becomes a dad soon, that there are no problems, and that we have a new member of the family. After that, we worked well in the game. We didn't play well in the first half but our guys kept us in the game. Vince [Poirier] got into foul trouble and we had to rotate the team, play in a different way. We lacked rhythm on offense, had too many turnovers and they punished us by running the floor. I think we improved all that in the second half. We were better on offense, with a little more rhythm, and had a good defensive level all game long. I am very happy for the victory, especially on a day that got more and more complicated. We were able to keep our heads cool in the final minutes, choose good options and get a win in a game that looked complicated against a talented team like Fenerbahce."
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to the winning team. The effort and willingness that both teams showed were exceptional. In the decisive plays of the game, we didn't have a clear head we needed to finish it in a way that we would have deserved, because we came here to compete and look for the victory. I am very proud of my players because they left it all on the floor. We are still a team under construction, this is obvious, but I cannot forget some episodes, and some mistakes like Fabien Causeur's last shot in the second quarter, in the corner, with two fouls to give. Players have to react and do what they are told, and this is experience, maturity. They were really aggressive on the offensive boards and found some second chances. They are a strong team and found second chances which hurt us. Some three-point shots from Rudy [Fernandez] also hurt us in the first half."


Real Madrid
"We played together all game long, especially in the second half. It was a good team game. We didn't play our best game, but this is the type of game that really counts. Our fans pushed us and made things easier. It was not a brilliant game, but you have to pull out a win in these games, too. Every game is tough in the EuroLeague. It was not our best game but we have to be there. In the first three quarters, we were not fluent on offense and didn't find ourselves, but defense allowed us to stay in the game. We wanted to experience this atmosphere and win this game, we needed that. I am very happy; I played almost the entire second half and tried to offer intensity and courage. I am happy with my role, to help the team win the game."
Real Madrid
"I just made 1 of 2 [free throws] before and we didn't know who had the call, if it was really on me, if it was Rudy or me. And all the team was 'Rudy! Get Rudy!" so I tried to get Rudy [to go to the free-throw line] and then it was me. It was the moment to show up and I did it. I am glad I didn't miss! That was a great feeling. Now they have confidence in me! I texted [Edy Tavares] before the game and said 'don't worry, I got this'. Unfortunately, for three quarters, I wasn't there, and in the last quarter, I needed to step up, lead the team and get the win. So I did good, I grabbed rebounds. I wasn't good offensively, but tried to do my best on defense, on the offensive rebounds, and let my shooters shoot."
Real Madrid
"It felt that Fenerbahce had the rhythm of the game in the first half. We couldn't find good situations to run. Our defense was pretty solid but we were taking bad shots and they were running on offense. The second half was much better. I think we took the rhythm of the game. We took a lot of threes, a lot of stuff, but we pushed through the game all the time and found the way to get the win. Tavares is a very important player for us but it is Real Madrid, you know? Every player has to step up, Vince [Poirier] did an incredible job on the rebounds. We have many players for this reason. We are happy for Edy [Tavares], congratulations to him for the baby. Let's focus on the next game."
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