2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 30, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.4 Points 77.8
38.0 Rebounds 34.0
12.3 O. Rebounds 8.9
25.7 D. Rebounds 25.1
20.8 Assists 17.8
5.8 Steals 5.2
3.8 Blocks 2.6
13.3 Turnovers 13.0
56.5 % 2PT 54.5 %
33.3 % 3PT 39.3 %
78.3 % FT 74.7 %
101.9 Index 86.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.8 / Llull Points 12.2 / Wanamaker
7.3 / Ayon Rebounds 6.6 / Melli
2.6 / Ayon OR 1.4 / Melli
4.7 / Ayon DR 5.1 / Melli
5.7 / Rodriguez Assists 4.2 / Wanamaker
1.7 / Ayon Steals 1.9 / Wanamaker
1.4 / Ayon Blocks 0.9 / Melli
2.0 / Ayon Turnovers 2.5 / Wanamaker
73.3 % / Taylor 2PT 75.0 % / Staiger
42.9 % / Thompkins 3PT 57.9 % / Melli
100.0 % / Thompkins FT 100.0 % / Idbihi
19.0 / Ayon Index 16.6 / Melli


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
5-5 Overall 6-4


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

After a slow start, Real Madrid strung together three straight wins to end the regular season and sneak into the Top 16. Now, the reigning champs hope to extend that streak against Brose Baskets Bamberg, which on the other hand hopes to break a Top 16 streak of its own; Bamberg is 0-20 all-time in the Top 16 games. To do so, Bamberg will need its backcourt players to step up. Bradley Wanamaker is second in the league with 1.9 steals per game and shares the point guard duties with Janis Strelnieks and Nikos Zisis. Bamberg is among the best three-point shooting teams in the competition (39.3%) and has a chance against Madrid's backcourt, which has allowed opponents to shoot with 39.7% accuracy from downtown. But the challenge for Bamberg will be on the defensive end limiting Sergio Llull, Jaycee Carroll and Sergio Rodriguez. Madrid's in-form Jeffery Taylor and do-it-all Jonas Maciulis are tough matchups at the wings, while the hosts' deep frontcourt features Gustavo Ayon, Felipe Reyes, Trey Thompkins and Andres Nocioni. They will try to play tough and aggressive against November MVP Nicola Mell, who leads Bamberg's versatile front line that also includes Daniel Theis, Darius Miller and Leon Radosevic.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Game Notes

Real Madrid

Madrid leads the all-time series against Bamberg 7-1.

Felipe Reyes is 56 points away from joining the list of the competition’s all-time top 10 scorers. Igor Rakocevic currently sits in 10th place with 2,328 career points.

Felipe Reyes has a performance index rating of at least 11 in nine consecutive Euroleague appearances.

Sergio Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Llull has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Trey Thompkins has made 33 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Jaycee Carroll has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Jonas Maciulis needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the milestone of 200.

Rudy Fernandez has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Gustavo Ayon has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Nikos Zisis trails Marcelinho Huertas by 13 assists for 10th place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Zisis enters this week’s game with 614 career assists.

Bradley Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Daniel Theis has a performance index rating in double figures in eight of the last nine Euroleague games.

Nicolo Melli has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"We have to try to be strong at home because we have an extremely difficult group that is very even in this Top 16. We play against the German champion, Brose Baskets, a team that is playing very well, that is leading its domestic league and that qualified easily from its regular season group in the Euroleague. They have good pick-and-roll players in Wanamaker, Strelnieks and Zisis, plus mobile players at the other positions. They are playing very well, with lots of confidence, so for us this is a game in which we must be very alert from the first minute."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"For me it’s not new to play in the Top 16 and to play in Madrid, but for nine of our players it is. I’m a Darwinist, so I believe in the theory of evolution, which is based on natural selection. Madrid is the predator, we are the prey. If you want to become a predator, you have to face them and see what it takes to be at this level. So, if you want to become a team that plays the Top 16, you need to face them. I’m very happy to play them. I know we have a chance less than 1 of 100 to win the game. They’re the defending champion. With their roster they can right now play in the NBA. They’re an unbelievable team, but I want to face the evolution."


Real Madrid
"In this Top 16, it's very important to win at home. We know that and we have to give our best not to let the win get away from us. Brose Baskets is a tough and competitive team with good players who have experience in games like this. To win we have to be tough on defense, play together as a team and share the ball on offense. If we do that and play as we know how to, we'll have more options to get the victory."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I’m looking forward to the first Top 16 game. It’s also my first time playing against Real Madrid. They have very good players, so it won’t be easy for us. But we have always a chance. Sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger. We have to play our game, our style of basketball. We know about their strength, but also about their weaknesses. So we have to prepare carefully and give our best."

Madrid, Rodriguez rally past tough Bamberg

In a major battle that went down to the wire, Real Madrid recorded its first win in Top 16 Group F by edging Brose Baskets Bamberg 80-77 in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Sergio Rodriguez scored all of his 22 points in the second half and added 8 assists to lead the winners. Jaycee Carroll added 13 points, Felipe Reyes had 11 while Gustavo Ayon got 10 and 8 rebounds for Madrid. Janis Strelnieks led Bamberg with 16 points. Bradley Wanamaker added 14, Nikos Zisis had 13 while Leon Radosevic got 12 for the guests. An 0-8 run that Zisis capped with free throws gave Bamberg an early 4-13 lead, enough for the guests to keep a 13-19 edge after 10 minutes. A mid-range jumper by Strelnieks soon made it a double-digit game, 15-25, and Radosevic boosted Bamberg's lead to 24-38. Carroll and Ayon kept Madrid within 30-40 at halftime. Rodriguez took over after the break, singlehandedly bringing Madrid back to life. Even so, a dunk by Darius Miller gave Bamberg a 57-60 edge after 30 minutes. Rodriguez gave Madrid a 69-62 lead but Daniel Theis and Strelnieks helped Bamberg tie the game, 77-77, already in the final minute. Rodriguez buried the go-ahead triple with 20.7 seconds left before Andres Nocioni added free throws to seal the win.

First quarter: Wanamaker puts Bamberg ahead

Leon Radosevic got Bamberg going with free throws, which Trey Thompkins matched with a turnaround jumper. Bradley Wanamaker struck from downtown and an alley-oop dunk by Gustavo Ayon kept Madrid within 4-5. Madrid did not find its offensive rhythm and missed a lot of open shots, while a layup by Radosevic gave Bamberg a 3-point edge. Madrid faced early trouble, as Sergio Rodriguez headed to the bench with 2 fouls. Meanwhile, back-to-back layups by Elias Harris and Zisis forced Los Blancos to call a much-needed timeout at 4-11. Zisis kept pushing Bamberg with free throws to cap an 0-8 run. Carroll tried to change things with a bomb from downtown and Felipe Reyes added free throws to bring Madrid within 9-13. After Radosevic buried a baseline jumper, Reyes hit more foul shots. A dunk by Wanamaker set an 11-17 Bamberg margin. Reyes nailed a jumper from the elbow, but a driving layup by Wanamaker gave Bamberg a 13-19 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bamberg keeps full control

Carroll nailed a jumper early in the quarter, which Janis Strelnieks erased with an off-balance basket. Wanamaker buried a one-handed jumper in the lane and Strelnieks hit a mid-range shot to make it a double-digit game, 15-25. K.C. Rivers sank his trademark step-back jumper, but Patrick Heckmann did even better with a bomb from downtown and added a fast break layup that boosted Bamberg's lead to 17-30. Reyes drew a couple of fouls and hit 3 of 4 free throws, but Yassin Idbihi answered with an uncontested layup and Zisis gave the guests a 20-34 margin. Carroll nailed a one-handed jumper and Rivers added a second-chance baskets, but Nicolo Melli found Radosevic for a layup and Strelnieks made foul shots for a 24-38 advantage. Carroll kept pacing Madrid with a jumper and free throws. Melli nailed a jumper and free throws by Ayon brought Madrid a bit closer, 30-40, as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Third quarter: Rodriguez steps up

Madrid tried twin point guards right after the break - with Luka Doncic and Rodriguez together on court. Zisis needed just 10 seconds to hit a close jumper, but Rodriguez answered from downtown for a 33-42 score. Darius Miller buried a stop-and-pop jumper, but a red-hot Rodriguez scored in penetration and added a three-pointer to get the crowd involved at 38-44. Zisis took over with a three-point play. Jeffery Taylor dunked off an inbound pass and free throws by Rodriguez got Madrid within 42-47. Heckmann rescued Bamberg with a corner triple and Taylor and Strelnieks also struck from downtown. A close basket by Ayon kept Madrid as close as 47-53. Daniel Theis dunked and a layup by Doncic prompted Bamberg to call timeout at 49-55. Rodriguez scored off a midcourt steal and an up-and-under layup by Ayon made it a 2-point game. Wanamaker nailed a three-pointer, but Rodriguez made free throws and fed Ayon for a layup for a 57-58 score. A dunk by Miller fixed the score at 57-60 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: And it goes down to the last shot

Reyes shined with a put-back basket early in the quarter, as Madrid held Bamberg scoreless for more than two minutes. Meanwhile, a fast break layup by Andres Nocioni gave Madrid its first lead of the game, 61-60. Zisis hit a five-meter jumper, but Nocioni banked in a close shot and a layup by Jonas Maciulis made it a 3-point game. Carroll hit a running jumper and a driving layup by Rodriguez sent the crowd to its feet at 69-62. Bamberg could not find the way to the basket until Theis stepped up with a huge dunk in traffic. Free throws by Radosevic kept Bamberg within 69-66 with three minutes left. Rodriguez split foul shots, but Theis hit a mid-range jumper and Strelnieks tied it at 70-70 with 2:36 to go. Maciulis hit foul shots and a three-pointer by Nocioni caused Bamberg to call timeout at 75-70. Strelnieks answered from downtown and added a layup that tied it at 75-75. Rodriguez took over with a driving layup and bettered Radosevic's free throws with a bomb from downtown for an 80-77 Madrid lead with 20.7 seconds left. Wanamaker and Nocioni traded free throws for an 82-79 score. Wanamaker had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but his off-balance shot was way off the mark.

Sergio Rodriguez - Real Madrid - EB15
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Attendance: 9283
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Real Madrid13172725
Brose Baskets Bamberg19212019
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Real Madrid13305782
Brose Baskets Bamberg19406079
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RIVERS, K.C. 6:44 4 2/4 0/2   1   1           1    
4 NDOUR, MAURICE 5:19           1 1   1       3   -1
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 12:41 9 2/3 1/3 2/2   2 2           1 2 9
7 DONCIC, LUKA 20:16 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2 2   1       4 8
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 24:30 4 1/3 0/4 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     2 1 -1
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:23 11 2/3 0/1 7/8 3 3 6   1 2     4 7 16
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 29:58 22 4/7 3/7 5/6   3 3 8 3 1     3 4 28
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 24:31 10 4/6   2/2 2 6 8 2 1 2     4 2 15
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 24:34 13 4/4 1/5 2/2 1 2 3 1   1     2 4 14
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 15:53 2 1/2 0/1     4 4       1   2   3
41 HERNANGOMEZ, WILLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 18:11 5 1/3 1/1     1 1 1   1     2 1 3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 82 22/36 6/25 20/22 9 24 33 15 7 9 1 0 24 25 95
        61.1% 24% 90.9%
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 29:18 2 1/5       2 2 4 1 4     1 2 2
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 25:59 13 4/7 0/3 5/5 2 3 5 3 1 1     5 7 17
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 1:51     0/1                       -1
10 THEIS, DANIEL 18:50 6 3/4 0/1     1 1           5    
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 31:25 14 3/6 2/7 2/2   3 3 4   5     4 3 7
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 23:16 16 3/5 2/4 4/4   3 3 5   1     3 3 19
21 MILLER, DARIUS 22:16 6 3/6 0/2   1 6 7           4 1 5
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 17:15 8 1/1 2/2 0/2 2 1 3           1 2 10
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 2:04 2 1/1                         2
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 27:46 12 3/6   6/6 4 2 6   2 2   1 2 6 18
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 79 22/41 6/20 17/19 11 22 33 16 4 13 0 1 25 24 82
        53.7% 30% 89.5%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"I think our defense was better in the second half. We contained their penetrations better. They hit key shots still, but offensively we were able to hit a couple shots, too. Because in the first half we couldn't hit any shots. But then in the second half, we played better and came back in the game. I want to congratulate my team for the victory. We had to work very hard to get this win. I am very happy with the work my team put out there. It was a tough game - they are the German League leaders and there are not easy opponents in the Top 16. They have proved that are a very well-organized team, very tough, that doesn't allow you to play at your own rhythm. It was hard for us to find baskets. We had very poor percentages in the first half. We solved it in the second half and had chances to break the game, being six or seven points up, but Bamberg stayed in the game and were right there in the final minutes. Resting players in the second quarter has been critical to have them fresh in the final minutes, and that energy probably allowed us to rally from 10 points down."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We lost with a huge three-point shot by Sergio against a 2.10-meter player on him, so I have to say 'Bravo, Sergio'. A loss is always a loss and a win is always a win, but my team played with the right spirit and personality. We made some mistakes and were punished by Nocioni, who will always make that shot from the corner, and by Sergio. I believe that we came here like the cinderella of the group. We only have three players with some Top 16 experience -all the others are rookies - but I believe we played good basketball, as a serious team. We were short one possession, one defensive play, one offensive play, I don't know - I want to review the game. The most important thing is that my players in the locker room were very pissed off instead of being happy, playing like this against the defending champion. I am proud of my players and it is the best way for me to go back tomorrow to coach them."


Real Madrid
"No games are easy in the Top 16 and this is a very tough group. It is going to take more of a stronger defense and mental toughness for us to advance. It is not going to be easy but will work on that - improve our defense, get stops and keep teams from running."
Real Madrid
"Our mentality changed in the second half We came out with a lot of energy after halftime. We came out ready to play the tough game that we had today. So we are very proud of our toughness, which we showed in the second half. I tried to go out with a lot more energy. We were stuck early in the game. They are a tough team and it was hard for us to score in the first quarter. I picked up two fouls in the first quarter and that slowed me down in the second quarter. I am happy for the way we fought back. We were without two very important players in Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernandez, but we keep fighting and winning, which is what we have to do. These are two very important players who will be missed for sure. It is what it is: we have a lot of games during a season and a tough Top 16 group, but we have to fight and win in any way we can."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We played a great first half. We knew that Madrid was not in its best moment and was without some of its best players. Even with our great first half, we were aware that they would bounce back, which is what happened. Sergio Rodriguez played an outstanding second half and sealed the outcome down the stretch. We have to learn a lot from our second half, as we have to play against very strong teams in this Top 16 group."
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