2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.1 Points 71.8
38.3 Rebounds 33.4
13.0 O. Rebounds 9.8
25.3 D. Rebounds 23.7
19.1 Assists 18.0
5.8 Steals 7.8
3.8 Blocks 2.8
13.3 Turnovers 15.3
54.4 % 2PT 50.3 %
32.5 % 3PT 32.7 %
78.1 % FT 76.7 %
97.3 Index 75.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.4 / Llull Points 11.7 / Golubovic
7.9 / Ayon Rebounds 5.9 / Golubovic
2.8 / Ayon OR 2.2 / Golubovic
5.1 / Ayon DR 3.7 / Golubovic
5.8 / Rodriguez Assists 3.8 / Campbell
1.7 / Ayon Steals 1.2 / Beaubois
1.6 / Ayon Blocks 0.7 / Weems
2.0 / Ayon Turnovers 3.0 / Campbell
71.0 % / Ayon 2PT 66.7 % / Fofana
38.9 % / Thompkins 3PT 39.5 % / Campbell
100.0 % / Thompkins FT 100.0 % / Beaubois
20.0 / Ayon Index 13.6 / Golubovic


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


Crew Chief

The Take

It is a critical game for both teams, so a big showdown is expected in the Spanish capital. Madrid will advance to the Top 16 with a victory. Strasbourg is only sure of advancing if it wins by more than 28 points. If Strasbourg wins by a lesser margin, it will need to wait to get some help from FC Bayern Munich, which visits Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on Friday. If Bayern and Strasbourg win, both qualify, while Madrid and Zvezda are eliminated. There are several scenarios if Strasbourg wins on Thursday and Zvezda wins on Friday: if Strasbourg wins by up to 7 points, Madrid advances; if Strasbourg wins by between 8 and 28 points, Bayern advances; and if Strasbourg wins by more than 28 points, Strasbourg advances. Madrid relies on its frontcourt, led by Gustavo Ayon, Felipe Reyes and Andres Nocioni, to make the difference in this game. Ayon and Willy Hernangomez must be ready to guard big-sized centers Romain Duport and Vladimir Golubovic. Reyes and Nocioni will not have it easy against Matt Howard and Kyle Weems. Madrid ranks fourth in scoring (84.1 ppg.) and Strasbourg (71.8 ppg.) must improve its numbers to have a chance to win away. Louis Campbell and Rodrigue Beaubois must set the right game tempo against Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull. With Rudy Fernandez still sidelined, Jonas Maciulis, Jaycee Carroll and Jeffery Taylor will see extended playing time at both wings against Jeremy Leloup, Mardy Collins and Paul Lacombe. Expect a great atmosphere at Barclaycard Center.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Game Notes

Real Madrid

Olympiacos leads the league in offensive rebounding through Round 9 with 13 per game.

Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull enter the game tied for eighth place on the Euroleague’s all-time assists charts with 631 career assists.

Sergio Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Llull has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Jaycee Carroll has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

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

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 four straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.


Strasbourg has lost its last 16 Euroleague road games.

Louis Campbell has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Roddy Beaubois has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Beaubois has made each of the 11 free throws he’s attempted this season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"This is a single-game final in which making it to the Top 16 depends on winning. We may have had this chance before, but it arrives in the last regular season game against an opponent that has a chance to go through. It is one of the biggest games this year because making it to the Top 16 is very important for us. We play at home and need our fans to support us; I am confident we will have a great atmosphere at Barclaycard Center and that out fans will helps us reach the goal of making it to the Top 16. The team is aware of how important this game is. It was hard for us to understand the game in Strasbourg and that could help us realize what we need to do well in order to beat a physical team that has a lot of athletic players. Strasbourg has a lot of three-point threats and competed really well in this group. If we want to beat Strasbourg, we need to have a very good game and do things better than we did in France."
"For this last game against Madrid, we will play our chance thoroughly, even if it is small. In a basketball game, it is still possible to create a surprise. If we want to exist in this game, we must not let the Real Madrid players get confident, otherwise we will have no chance."


Real Madrid
"We are facing an important game, which is, indeed, a final. We are aware of what we have at stake and are looking forward to the start of the game. I hope that our fans will be helping us, just as always, to get a very important win. We were able to bounce back and it is very important to keep learning when things are not going so well. We are in a good momentum, growing as a team, and must carry on that way. We have an opportunity to confirm our improvement and carry on growing. We have to play 40 minutes at full power, without giving our opponent a break. It is tough to do that against a team like Strasbourg, but we will try. Things did not work well for us in Strasbourg; we didn't play well on defense, but have improved a lot since then. I expect a tough, intense game, which will go down to the wire, but we are ready for this challenge."
"We are very motivated for this match. But it will take that this motivation will be at the service of the team. We have to be smart. Madrid is one of the best home teams and can beat anyone. We will really try to stop their transition game. Offensively we have to be smart, force them to defend and of course make our shots."

Madrid shatters assists record, advances to Top 16

Real Madrid advanced to the Top 16 from Group A by thrashing Strasbourg 97-65 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Madrid, the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion, finished the regular season with a 5-5 record to advance; its final standing will not be known until after Friday’s games. Strasbourg goes out from sixth place with a 3-7 record. Jeffery Taylor led the winners with 16 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 14, Felipe Reyes and Trey Thompkins each scored 12 and Jonas Maciulis and Jaycee Carroll got 10 apiece for Madrid, which broke the Euroleague's all-time assist record with 36. Six different Madrid players recorded at least 4 assists, led by Luka Doncic, who dished 7 in 13 minutes. Rodrigue Beaubois had 17 points for Strasbourg while Vladimir Golubovic had 10 and 9 rebounds. Maciulis and Sergio Llull fueled an 11-0 run that gave Madrid its first double-digit lead, 19-6. Madrid boosted its margin to 29-15 after 10 minutes and then again to 52-37. Nothing changed after the break, as Madrid kept rolling to get a 75-50 lead after three quarters to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Llull takes over, Madrid rolls

Bangaly Fofana got Strasbourg going with an alley-oop dunk, as Madrid was held scoreless in the opening 2 minutes. Los Blancos missed their 4 opening shots and committed 2 turnovers before Rodriguez struck from downtown. Matt Howard and Maciulis exchanged layups and another three-pointer by Rodriguez boosted Madrid's lead to 8-4. Howard shined with a tip-in, but Reyes scored around the basket and Gustavo Ayon gave Madrid a 6-point margin. Strasbourg kept struggling to score while a fast break layup by Maciulis and a big triple by Llull made it a double-digit game, 17-6. A fast break dunk by Maciulis forced Strasbourg to call timeout at 19-6. Golubovic stepped up with a three-point play that Llull matched with a bomb from downtown. Maciulis made free throws, but Golubovic brought Strasbourg a bit closer, 24-12. After Ayon scored again, Kyle Weems sank a three-pointer, but Thompkins answered from downtown for a 29-15 Madrid lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Strasbourg tries, Madrid extends lead

Carroll took over with a driving layup early in the quarter, as Strasbourg started to miss close shots. Taylor shined with a reverse layup and free throws by Jeremy Leloup kept the guests within 33-18. Carroll made foul shots and Doncic added a driving layup. A close basket by Taylor caused Strasbourg to stop the game at 40-18. Golubovic and Taylor scored around the basket, but Louis Campbell sank a mid-range shot. A one-handed jumper by Carroll put Madrid ahead 44-22. Campbell struck from downtown and Beaubois added a corner triple before the hosts stopped the game at 44-28. Willy Hernangomez stepped up with a layup, but Beaubois did better with a catch-and-shoot triple. After Rodriguez answered from downtown, Beaubois hit a jump hook and free throws by Howard gave the guests hope at 49-35. Golubovic buried a close jumper that Thompkins improved on with a corner triple to give Madrid a 52-37 halftime advantage.

Third quarter: Madrid takes off

Maciulis hit a fade-away jumper soon after the break and a layup by Reyes boosted Madrid's lead to 56-37. Beaubois stepped up with a second-chance layup. Reyes sank free throws, but an up-and-under basket by Jeremy Leloup kept Strasbourg within 58-41. Reyes hit a mid-range jumper before Beaubois downed a one-handed floater and a free throw by Howard made it a 14-point game. Llull sank foul shots and Rodriguez added an uncontested layup, but Beaubois followed another floater with a corner triple to get to 64-49. Reyes hit a jumper from the left wing and a free throw by Rodriguez kept Los Blancos rolling. Rodriguez kept pacing Madrid with a backdoor layup and a dunk by Thompkins ignited the crowd at 71-49. Reyes downed another mid-range jumper and Taylor added an off-balance basket. A free throw by Campbell fixed the score at 75-50.

Fourth quarter: Madrid goes through!

Ayon sent a no-look assist to Taylor for a layup early in the quarter. Strasbourg was held scoreless for two minutes until Mardy Collins stepped up with a driving layup. Ayon found Thompkins for a slam and connected with him for a layup that boosted Madrid's lead to 81-52. A fast break dunk by Taylor caused Strasbourg to stop the game at 83-52. Doncic fed Mo Ndour for an alley-oop layup and free throws by Taylor made it a 35-point game. Both teams opted to sit their main players, as the outcome was completely clear. Madrid pleased thousands of fans with a big win that allowed the team to keep fighting for Euroleague glory.

Sergio Rodriguez - Real Madrid - EB15
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Attendance: 10868
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NDOUR, MAURICE 6:43 4 2/2 0/1   1   1             1 5
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 DONCIC, LUKA 13:06 3 1/2   1/2   4 4 7   1 1   1 1 12
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 20:12 10 4/4 0/3 2/2   1 1 4 2 1     1 3 15
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:39 12 5/7   2/2 2 5 7 2 1       3 1 18
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 18:45 14 2/3 3/4 1/2   1 1 5 1 2     2 3 17
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 20:40 4 2/2     1 1 2 6 2 2     3 1 10
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 23:23 10 2/3 1/2 3/3   3 3 2   2   1 1 2 11
23 LLULL, SERGIO 23:07 8 0/2 2/4 2/2   2 2 5         2 4 13
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 24:16 12 3/6 2/3     4 4 4   1 2   2 1 16
41 HERNANGOMEZ, WILLY 10:42 4 2/2       2 2     1 1       6
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 21:27 16 7/8 0/1 2/3   3 3 1   2   1 1 3 16
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 97 30/41 8/18 13/16 6 29 35 36 6 13 4 2 16 20 143
        73.2% 44.4% 81.3%
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COLLINS, MARDY 12:51 3 1/4   1/4               1 1 2 -3
3 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 25:55 17 4/8 3/6   1 1 2 1   1     2 1 11
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 17:29   0/2       1 1 2 1 1 2   3 1 1
9 LELOUP, JEREMY 11:47 5 1/2 0/1 3/3       1   1     5 2  
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 30:09 9 3/5 1/3   1 2 3 5   2     3 2 10
21 FOFANA, BANGALY 11:51 4 2/3     2   2     3     1 1 2
32 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 19:27 10 4/11   2/3 4 5 9     1       2 12
34 WEEMS, KYLE 32:37 3 0/2 1/4 0/2   3 3 4 3 1     3 1 3
49 DUPORT, ROMAIN 10:35 7 2/5 1/1     1 1 1       1 1   4
54 HOWARD, MATT 27:19 7 2/7   3/4 3 3 6 2 4 4   2 1 4 10
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 65 19/49 6/15 9/16 12 16 28 16 8 15 2 4 20 16 50
        38.8% 40% 56.3%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"We played a good game today against a team that competed very well in the Euroleague Regular Season and kept its Top 16 options open until this week. It was really hard for us to make it to the Top 16, but we improved in time to make it. We are growing as a team and doing things well, but it something hard for people to understand that even when we lose, the team can grow. We don't have to be completely happy with everything we did until now. There is a lot of room for improvement and we have to face the Top 16 against the best teams in Europe."
"I think there is not a lot to say. There was a big difference between Real Madrid and our team tonight. I was hoping we would be able to play much better and push them a little bit, but unfortunately, the game lasted very few minutes. We missed some opportunities and after that, Sergio [Rodriguez] first and all of them after him started to create fast break points, and the game was over. We tried to come back with a zone defense in the second quarter, but we could never play with the same quickness as Real Madrid, which was simply fantastic tonight - 36 assists! This Madrid is a lot better than us."


Real Madrid
"The team improved a lot in the last three weeks and that allowed us to make it to the Top 16. We were very tired at the start of the season after winning it all last year and that probably stopped us from being as focused as we should be. I am very happy because these three weeks were very tough, but when the going got tough after losing in Belgrade, we won three games due to our good defense."
"Real Madrid is the champion of the best competition in Europe. That means a lot and they showed it today. We knew exactly what we had to do today and knew that our game plan had to be very different from Madrid's. We knew the game would be very different from the one we won at home, but even with that, we couldn't even make things tough for them. You are never happy when you are eliminated from the Euroleague, even though we had three good wins. In the end, it was not enough for us to qualify and we have to play the Eurocup in the near future. We will go back to the French League now, with three consecutive games."
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