GAME BLOG: Championship Game, Madrid vs. Fenerbahce

May 20, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
GAME BLOG: Championship Game, Madrid vs. Fenerbahce

A turning moment

Down 5 points three and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, Sloukas pulled up for a three-pointer, but missed. Instead, Vesely knocked into Doncic after the rebound and was called for an unsportsmanlike foul. Doncic hit the free throws and Jaycee Carroll followed with a triple. Fenerbahce calls timeout at 71-61. It was a potential 8-point swing in a matter of seconds. Now the champs have their backs to the wall. How will they respond? 

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 21:50

It's anyone's game!

Through three quarters, the score is 63-55. What is amazing so far about this game is that there has been no reason to believe that either team is out of it. There have been momentum shifts, but it has never been to the point of a knout punch. That said, the clock is now working against the champs and Fenerbahce must get some points on the board early in the fourth to recapture the momentum. 

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 21:36

Melli to the rescue

If things were not going well for the champs, it did not get better when Vesely's attempted alley-oop bounced out. However from despair, Fenerbahce found a savior in Nicolo Melli who first drained a three-pointer and then used some nifty footwork to get a layup in scoring his team's next 7 points. A third foul on Llull and an offensive foul on Doncic had the momentum back with Fenerbahce at 29-28, midway through the second quarter.  

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:36

Time for Fenerbahce to regroup

Madrid finished the first quarter on a 10-2 surge and then opened the second quarter by going aggressively after steals. On the down side for Madrid was Llull committing his second foul. On the good side a steal by Rudy that led to a slam by Taylor. Then Walter Tavares scored inside and Coach Obradovic called timeout. Down 8, it is time for Fenerbahce to regroup.   

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:32

Fener tough on defense, Madrid hot from deep

We may have to wait longer to know if Doncic's leg is fine, but a three-pointer by Causeur and a hook shot with time expiring by Ayon showed that Madrid had other players ready to step up. The entries of Sergio Llull, Rudey Fernandez and Anthony Randolph off the bench gives Madrid a whole new look.  Fenerbahce has also refreshed itself with Kostas Sloukas and Jason Thompson. Fenerbahce put pressure on Madrid with tough defense, but Madrid fought through and tied it at 15-15 with a three-pointer by Rudy. Llull and Randolph each connected from deep to give Madrid a 21-17 edge after 10 minutes. While the hot shooting from downtown (4 for 5) is a great sign for Madrid, Coach Laso's men have also missed 3 free throws already. After an abysmal night from the charity stripe on Friday, they can ill-afford to leave points at the line tonight. 

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:24

Important questions for Madrid Doncic

Important questions for Madrid Doncic became Madrid's facilitator early and scored all of the team's first 6 points. In between, however, he took a spill on the court and seemed to limp shortly thereafter. Is he okay? Will this affect him later on? And who will be the secondary option on offense for Los Blancos? Important questions the answers to which will help determine the outcome of this game, which stands at 6-11 after the first television timeout.

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:17

Madrid has antidote for Fener fans?

The Fenerbahce fans made their presence felt almost from the opening tip. In fact they may have been louder with the jeers and whistles on Madrid's first possession than they were with cheers following the game's first basket via Duverioglu. Madrid soon found the antidote for the noise… The Fener fans fell silent after Doncic's first basket. And got quieter still when Jan Vesely left with 2 fouls in less than two minutes.

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:12

Time to crown a champion

We're back live and courtside from Stark Arena to talk (or type, as the case may be) you through the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game. The third-place game went a little longer than expected thanks to a late CSKA Moscow rally before Zalgiris Kaunas ultimately won. Now all attention is on the clash for the crown. The teams have completed their warmups and are ready to play! The champs have the same starting lineup as they did in Friday's semifinal: Brad Wanamaker, Marko Guduric, Nikola Kalinic, Ahmet Duverioglu and Jan Vesely. Madrid has made one change with Fabien Causeur instead of Jeffery Taylor alongside Facu Camapzzo, Luka Doncic, , Felipe Reyes and Gustavo Ayon. It's a three-guard lineup for Los Blancos. How will this shape things?

Belgrade - Sunday, May 20, 20:00