Playoffs Round 2 - March 24, 2011 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - MADRID CAJA MAGICA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
1-0 Playoffs 0-1
5-1 Top 16 3-3
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
12-5 Overall 8-9

Referees

Crew Chief
MARTIN, JOSE, Spain
Referee
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Umpire
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.4 Points 70.8
39.3 Rebounds 34.4
13.8 O. Rebounds 10.8
25.5 D. Rebounds 23.5
14.1 Assists 12.6
6.0 Steals 7.3
3.9 Blocks 2.8
12.8 Turnovers 14.6
48.2 % 2PT 48.2 %
31.6 % 3PT 32.8 %
79.4 % FT 73.2 %
86.7 Index 73.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.8 / Llull Points 10.8 / Savanovic
6.5 / Fischer Rebounds 5.1 / Lishchuk
3.1 / Fischer OR 2.2 / Lishchuk
3.4 / Fischer DR 3.9 / CLAVER, VICTOR
3.3 / Rodriguez Assists 5.4 / Cook
1.1 / PRIGIONI, PABLO Steals 1.7 / Cook
1.6 / Fischer Blocks 0.9 / Lishchuk
2.1 / Rodriguez Turnovers 2.7 / De Colo
60.9 % / Mirotic 2PT 62.5 % / Pietrus
43.5 % / Mirotic 3PT 100.0 % / Javtokas
93.8 % / Rodriguez FT 96.6 % / De Colo
11.8 / Fischer Index 10.9 / Savanovic

THE TAKE

After Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia battled to the final minute before the Whites claimed victory in Game 1 of their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs series on Tuesday, the teams come right back for a rematch in Game 2 of the best-of-five event on Thursday in the Spanish capital. Rookie Nikola Mirotic was the hero, scoring all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter – including a back-breaking three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining that made the difference. Both teams played to their respective strengths in an exciting back-and-forth clash. Madrid took advantage of injuries to Valencia forwards Victor Claver and James Augustine to dominate the glass 42-26 – including 21 offensive boards. Felipe Reyes led that charge with 10 points and 9 rebounds – 8 of them on the offensive glass – in less than 20 minutes of game time. The visitors used their speed and Omar Cook’s playmaking to get good shots and score at a 59.4% rate inside the arc. Cook dished 8 assists, but was unable to score for himself. Head coach Svetislav Pesic did get balanced scoring from other areas with four double-digit scorers, including two off the bench. Nando De Colo led the way with 15 points. The visitors will need to find a way to pick up more rebounds to maximize their chances – after center Robertas Javtokas, no Valencia player had more than 3 rebounds on Tuesday. Some of that burden must fall on Serhiy Lishchuk and Florent Pietrus. However they will all be at a size disadvantage against the Madrid frontline of D’Or Fischer and Ante Tomic. Madrid was able to win despite a subpar three-point shooting effort (22.7%), which should give head coach Lele Molin confidence that Sergio Llull, Clay Tucker and co. can push the team further in Game 2. Just like the series opener, the odds are that game 2 be a close encounter that is only decided in the final minutes and as they showed Tuesday, both teams have bigtime players ready to deliver when needed most.

Analysis | Slideshow

REFEREES: Jose Martín, Christos Christodoulou, Milivoje Jovcic
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Quotes Head Coaches

MOLIN, EMANUELE
Real Madrid
"It will be similar to Game 1. They will have big motivation because they had options to win the first one. I hope that the way we won the first game will give us extra strength to face the second. Tiredness will influence both teams, Valencia spent a lot of energy and they do not have such a deep bench. These are games full of surprises. In a series we have the capability of improving game by game, I hope we improve a few things in order to get to the 2-0."
PESIC, SVETISLAV
Power E. Valencia
"We are expecting the second game with a special motivation. I hope we can fix the problem we had in Game 1 with the offensive rebounds. Real Madrid is one of the best teams in Europe in that aspect, and that is not new for us. With our defense is not always possible to get those defensive rebounds. You have to choose what kind of defense you play. Whatever the choice, there are always shortcomings and you have to compromise. We know what defense we will play also in Game 2 and we will try to improve especially in this aspect. I think we have the quality to do that. We don't have time to be disappointed. We have to focus on the two practices we have up to Game 2 and on how to play against Real Madrid to beat them."

Players

REYES, FELIPE
Real Madrid
"It is important for us to be strong at Caja Magica and be able to go to Valencia with a 2-0 lead in the series. Power Electronics is a tough, strong team that never gives up - and it has shown it all season long. We cannot relax in Game 2. We played good defense in Game 1 and worked hard around the boards, which allowed us to win. we have to keep playing that way in Game 2. We are fully aware that we are playing for a big goal and will show that we want to be in the Final Four."

Omar Cook - Power Electronics ValenciaIf the balance of Game 1 was not enough, Game 2 proved to be even more exciting in the Playoff all-Spanish series between Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia. When the dust settled. the guests had pulled a valuable road win by 75-81 to tie the bet-of-five series at 1-1. Now, the series moves to Valencia for the next two games next week. Real Madrid dominated for the first half, even though the game showed different trends throughout. In the third quarter however, Valencia jumped ahead and depite the hosts taking the lead a few times, the guests kept their cool and fixed the mistakes of Game 1 to finally escape with the win. Omar Cook was huge leading the winners with 20 points including 5 of 5 triples and 6 assists, Jeremy Richardson added 17 with three triples of his own. Rafa Martinez and Dusko Savanovic also chipped in with 12 points each. For Real Madrid, only Sergio Llull scored in double digits with his 18 points.

The game started with both teams immediately looking for their big mean on each side. Felipe Reyes opened the scoreboard for Real Madrid and soon Ante Tomic joined him in offense. Power Electronics Valencia looked for Sehiy Lishchuk inside also, but the points came from the outside through Jeremy Richardson and Omar Cook. A starting 6-4 when Sergio Llull fed Reyes, gave way to an 11-10 when Carlos Suarez and Rafa Martinez traded threes. Reyes was in the bench since he had committed his second foul in minute 3, but his team didn't miss him that much as the hosts bursted for a 6-0 run that made it 17-10 after Clay Tucker's bucket. Valencia reacted through free throws, one of its weak points in Game 1, while it also controlled the defensive rebound better. Nando De Colo hit twice from the line to make it 19-15, and Dusko Savanovic joined him with a basket that left things at 19-17 after 10 minutes.

Sergio Llull - Real MadridThe first minutes of the second period belonged to Real Madrid. Novica Velickovic stroke first for the hosts and then Llull drove with no opposition to the rim for the 24-21. Valencia was far from done as Javtokas fought his way into the paint to keep his team alive, but Velickovic appeared twice in a row including a three to make it 31-22 in no time, as the hosts' defense was also making it harder and harder for Valencia to score. Sergi Vidal had its first minutes in the series by stepping in, but curisously enough that sparked a fast 2-8 run for Valencia mainly powered by Cook's two threes, which he added to his already impressive display of court vision up to that point. With a 33-30, Real Madrid called for a timeout to try to cut the bleeding, but that didn't happen as Richardson and Lishchuk combined for five straight points that tied the game 35-35, entering the last minute. It was Vidal, in the very last seconds of the period, who pulled up for a three that found the bottom of the net to leave Real Madrid in charge after two period, 38-35.

THings looked good for Real Madrid in the first plays of the third quarter with a 5-0 run capped by Llull's three. If that was not enought, Lishchuk had to leave the court dur to an early fourth foul but Valencia didn't panic, and threes by Cook, Savanovic and Richardson all of a sudden sparked a 2-14 run from 43-35 to 45-49 that put the guests ahead. Pablo Prigioni stopped the curse with his own three, and then the game entered a phase of brilliant plays one after the other. Tucker fed D'Or Fischer for an alley-oop and De Colo replied with a monster three. Nikola Mirotic decided it was his turn then with an unbelievable basket that was swiftly followed by Martinez's three-point play, 52-55. If that wasn't enough, De Colo scored again to make it a 5-point game for Valencia. In the last minute, Llull scored twice from the line after an unsportsmanlike foul by De Colo, but that was all as Javtokas still had time for a final basket that made it 54-59 for the guests after 30 minutes.

The decisive period started with a three full of pride by Tucker to send a message: Real Madrid was a live and kicking. If that wasn't enough, the defense of the hosts put Valencia in trouble again play after play, and when Llull had one of his trademark penetrations with layup to tie the game at 59-59, it was a brand new game with 8 minutes left. Tucker appeared again to put Madrid ahead once more. More threes fell on each side by Savanovic and Llull respectively, and Martinez joined the party masterfully finding a space for a last-second jumper to tie the game at 64-64. In a turn of events regarding Game 1, it was Valencia now who benefitted more from the offensive rebounds and also made up from poor performance from the stripe again with better three-point shooting. as Richardson didn't hesitate to remind everyone with a bomb for 66-69 and 4 minutes left. Valencia was playing with a little more patience in offense now, while Real Madrid relied on Llull on the other end, at least trying to draw more and more fouls from the rival. Prigioni pulled up from 8 meters to hit from literally downtown as Real Madrid was ahead once more, 72-71. In Valencia's side it was becoming Savanovic's business almost exclusively. Almost because Cook was still alive to enter the last two minutes with a 72-75. An awful three by Llull was put back by Mirotic but again, the hero of the game, Cook blasted his fifth three with no miss of the night to make it 74-78 with 30 seconds left. Prigioni missed Real Madrid's attack and Cook went to the line. He missed the first one, but the second one went in for 74-79. A last timeout provided Madrid with the chance of free throws. Mirotic hit only one with 22 seconds to play, and then Martinez hit his two attempts for 75-81 which would be the final score when Real Madrid turned the ball over in the last chance. The series now moves to Valencia with a 1-1.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB)
Attendance: 10112 (Tentative)
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Power E. Valencia17182422
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Power E. Valencia17355981
Head coach: MOLIN, EMANUELE
Real Madrid
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 TOMIC, ANTE 19:05 6 2/7   2/2 4 2 6 1 1 1   1 2 2 7
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 36:54 6 0/1 2/7     3 3 7 2       4 1 9
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 20:46 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2 2 2 1     2 2 8
9 REYES, FELIPE 15:36 8 4/6       2 2 1   1     3   5
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 16:05 7 3/7   1/2 3 4 7     1 1   3 3 9
14 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 9:31 7 2/5 1/1   1 2 3         1 1   5
16 BEGIC, MIRZA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VIDAL, SERGI 4:51 3   1/1             1         2
21 FISCHER, D'OR 20:55 6 3/3       2 2     1     4   3
22 ARTEAGA, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 LLULL, SERGIO 31:52 18 2/3 2/9 8/10 2 1 3 5   4     3 7 16
24 TUCKER, CLAY 24:25 9 3/5 1/2         3   1     1   7
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 75 20/39 8/22 11/14 13 18 31 19 5 12 1 2 23 15 73
51.3% 36.4% 78.6%
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
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV
Power E. Valencia
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
00 COOK, OMAR 33:34 20 2/4 5/5 1/2       6 1       2 3 25
6 RICHARDSON, JEREMY 29:05 15 3/7 3/4   1 3 4       1   1   14
10 SIMEON, JOSE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 15:52 5 2/6   1/2 3   3 1   1 1 1 4 5 4
14 NAVARRO, DAVID 2:45                   1         -1
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 29:14 12 3/4 1/3 3/3   2 2   2 2       5 16
19 PIETRUS, FLORENT 4:55 2   0/1 2/2   1 1             2 4
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 30:05 14 4/7 2/5 0/2 3 7 10 1   2     3 2 14
22 DE COLO, NANDO 20:27 9 2/4 1/3 2/2   2 2 1 3 2     3 3 9
23 FERNANDEZ, MARC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 34:03 4 1/3 0/1 2/4 5 3 8 1 1 2     2 3 8
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 81 17/35 12/22 11/17 12 19 31 10 7 10 2 1 15 23 94
48.6% 54.5% 64.7%
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Head Coaches

MOLIN, EMANUELE
Real Madrid
"It was a tough game. It was diffcult to play our game plan during the 40 minutes because Valencia did everything it could to prevent us from doing so. We didn't go for the defensive rebounds well either, as we had doen in the first game. I said it before the series started: we have to win one game at least in Valencia to be in the Final Four. And tonight that was proved to be true."
PESIC, SVETISLAV
Power E. Valencia
"It is always a challenge to play Real Madrid in Madrid, even more so if they had only lost one game to Siena before this one. This was an important win for us. There was a lot of intensity, to the opint where you stop playing well and it's all about the heart. We had a great leader on court tonight in Omar Cook. His winning mentality helped the team who, we must not forget, is the one who wins the games."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We have to keep fighting for the series. We have to forget about this loss as soon as possible. I don't think we lost for rushing it in the end but because of defensive mistakes earlier. The team is confident and we want to in in Valencia."
REYES, FELIPE
Real Madrid
"We didn't play good defense tonight. We were not as tough in rebounds as in Game 1. Then they hit it hard with great defense and beat us. We want to win both games in Valencia that's for sure. We are Real Madrid and we cannot afford to let this loss take us down."
COOK, OMAR
Power E. Valencia
"It was a tough game. Both are strong teams that play well in all aspects. I really wnated to play a good game against Madrid and things turned out fine. It was a physical game and both teams were tough in defense. Now we are 1-1 and we want more. We recovered from the first loss because we knew that we could not allow for 21 offensive rebounds again and because we saw on video the last minute of Game 1 in order to avoid the same mistakes."
MARTINEZ, RAFA
Power E. Valencia
"We managed to tie the series. After the loss in Game 1 we knew what we had to do in this second duel, what things to fix. And I think we managed to do it. Now we are headed home to continue the series and we will have the support of our fans. These Quarterfinals are proving what everybody knew: all the teams are good and all the series are balanced."
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