2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 17, 2014 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Madrid downs Zalgiris, gets first win

In a battle of Turkish Airlines Euroleague classics, Real Madrid defeated Zalgiris Kaunas 80-71 in the Spanish capital to get its first win in Group A. Felipe Reyes paced the winners with 11 points. Gustavo Ayon added 10 for Madrid. James Anderson led Zalgiris with 19 points while Arturas Milaknis added 13. Paulius Jankunas and Anderson shined early to give Zalgiris an 8-13 margin. Madrid improved its defense and a three-point play by Reyes gave the hosts a 18-14 lead early in the second quarter. Zalgiris improved its ball circulation through an outstanding Lukas Lekavicius, who got help from Anderson and Robertas Javtokas to give Zalgiris a 32-35 margin at halftime. Madrid improved its offense after the break, as Ioannis Bourousis and Rudy Fernandez led an 11-0 run that gave the hosts a 45-39 margin. Madrid extended its margin to 56-49 at the end of the third quarter but Milaknis and Anderson kept Zalgiris as close as 66-61 with over 4 minutes left. Andres Nocioni, Jaycee Carroll and reigning Euroleague MVP Sergio Rodriguez shined in crunch time to lead Madrid to its first Euroleague win of the season.

First quarter: Anderson, Jankunas put Zalgiris ahead

Both teams struggled to score early until Ayon stepped up with a jump hook. Lekavicius shined with a driving basket and a coast-to-coast layup by Anderson gave Zalgiris its first lead, 2-4. Anderson kept pacing the guests with a three-pointer but Sergio Llull answered from downtown to keep Madrid within 5-7. Paulius Jankunas nailed a fadeaway jumper which K.C. Rivers bettered with a triple. Arturas Gudaitis had a big block on Fernandez which allowed Jankunas to bank in a close shot. A five-meter jumper by Darius Songaila soon gave the guests an 8-13 margin. Fernandez and Vaidas Karinaiuskas split free throws and a driving layup by Llull brought Madrid within 11-14. Jonas Maciulis made foul shots to bring the hosts a bit closer, 13-14, at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Zalgiris keeps slim margin

Carroll banked in a running shot which put Madrid back ahead, 15-14, early in the second quarter. Rodriguez found Reyes for a wild three-point play which Anderson erased with a bomb from downtown. Rodriguez split free throws and a six-meter jumper by Jankunas tied it at 19-19. Maciulis hit 1-of-2 from the foul line and a three-pointer by Milaknis restored a 20-22 Zalgiris edge. Anderson scored in penetration, Reyes made free throws and a layup by Tomas Dimsa gave Zalgiris a 22-26 edge. Rodriguez and Anderson struck from downtown and a floating layup by Lekavicius made Madrid call timeout at 25-31. Bourousis and Rodriguez split free throws and a three-pointer by Nocioni brought Madrid within 30-31. Lekavicius hit a stop-and-pop jumper that Nocioni erased with a driving layup. Free throws by Robertas Javtokas gave Zalgiris a 32-35 edge at halftime.

Third quarter: Madrid improves offense, takes the lead

Anderson hit a one-handed floater in the lane right after the break which Ayon erased with a baseline jumper. Javtokas finished a patient Zalgiris offense with a layup but free throws by Llull kept Madrid as close as 36-39. Bourousis stepped up with a three-point play and a fadeaway jumper by Fernandez made Madrid regain the lead, 41-39. Zalgiris kept struggling to score and a power layup by Bourousis made the guests call timeout at 43-39. Rivers shined with a driving layup which capped an 11-0 Madrid run. Milaknis tried to change things with a jumper that Bourousis matched with a fast break dunk. Milaknis kept pacing Zalgiris with a three-pointer and free throws by Anderson got Zalgiris within 47-46. Fernandez made free throws and Ayon scored twice around the basket to give Madrid fresh air at 53-47. Edgaras Ulanovas, Reyes and Gudaitis split free throws and a fast break layup by Facu Campazzo fixed the score at 56-49 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Nocioni, Reyes lead Madrid in crunch time

A catch-and-shoot three-pointer by Maciulis made it a double-digit game, 69-59, early in the fourth quarter. Gudaitis tried to change things with a put-back layup which Reyes bettered with a three-point play. Lekavicius scored in penetration but an unstoppable Reyes allowed Madrid to make it an 11-point game, 64-53. Anderson provided a highlight with an off-balance basket, Carroll banked in a running shot and a layup by Karinaiuskas kept Zalgiris within 66-58. Milaknis swished a step-back triple but Maciulis quickly answered from downtown. Gudaitis took over with a tip-in, Rodriguez ignited the crowd with a driving layup and free throws by Kariniauskas gave Zalgiris hope at 71-65. Nocioni and Carroll hit consecutive jumpers but Songaila and Milaknis brought the guests within 75-69 with less than 2 minutes left. Fernandez sent a wild no-look pass to Rodriguez, whose layup seal the outcome, 78-69. Zalgiris never gave up but Madrid cruised to a well-deserved win.

Gustavo Ayon - Real Madrid - EB14
Friday, October 17, 2014
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL)
Attendance: 10624
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Zalgiris Kaunas14354971
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIVERS, KC 14:25 5 1/4 1/3     1 1 2 1 1     1   2
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 25:29 5 1/3 0/3 3/4 1 2 3 3 1 1   1 1 5 8
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 15:02 7 2/3 1/3     1 1   2 1 1   3   4
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 6:46 2 1/2 0/1         2         4 1 -1
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 14:52 9 0/4 2/2 3/4 3 2 5 1         3 2 9
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:07 11 3/6   5/6 1 4 5 2 1 1     4 7 17
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 15:50 9 2/3 1/4 2/6       2         1 3 5
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 24:06 10 5/9     2 4 6 4 4 1     3 1 17
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 15:26 7 3/3 0/2 1/2   1 1 1   1     1 1 5
23 LLULL, SERGIO 27:12 7 1/2 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 3   1   1 2 2 6
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 19:18 8 3/8   2/3 3 5 8   2 1   1 4 3 9
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 5:27           1 1 1 1       1   2
Team           6   6               6
Totals 200:00 80 22/47 6/22 18/27 17 22 39 21 12 8 1 3 28 25 89
        46.8% 27.3% 66.7%
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 26:55 8 4/4     1 3 4 5   3     3 2 13
5 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 0:19                              
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 17:05 6 2/5   2/6 3 5 8 1   1 1 1 3 3 7
8 KARINIAUSKAS, VAIDAS 13:05 5 1/1 0/1 3/6           1       6 6
9 SONGAILA, DARIUS 17:07 8 2/5   4/4   2 2   1         5 13
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 10:50   0/1       1 1 1   1     2   -2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 26:59 5 2/7   1/1   4 4   1 2 1   3 4 5
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 18:30 4 1/2   2/4   3 3     2     4 2  
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 29:02 13 2/3 3/5     1 1 1 1 1     3 1 10
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 28:19 19 4/7 3/6 2/3   3 3 2 1 2 1   4 3 16
33 DIMSA, TOMAS 4:06 2 1/2     1   1           2    
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 7:43 1 0/1   1/2 1 2 3 1   2     1 1 1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 71 19/38 6/12 15/26 7 26 33 11 4 16 3 1 25 27 71
        50% 50% 57.7%
Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"We were weak at first and until the second half did not play well. But, after this, we did things better. Anyway, we have a lot of work ahead. Zalgiris is a strong team. We could not see the spaces and score easy during the first half. Finally, after the break, we were able to move forward in the game."
KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Well, it is supposed that Madrid is not in the best shape, they have new players and some things to fix. Maybe for this reason we could be close to them. I can be happy with my team, with the young players that are with us, because it means that Zalgiris's system works, but of course, playing at a high level for these young players takes time. About Real Madrid, we will have the chance to face them again in Kaunas. Then, we will see what can we do against them."

Players

CARROLL, JAYCEE
Real Madrid
"They came to play hard and hustle from the very beginning, and were really physical on defense. It was hard for us at the beginning to get used to it and we had to change our playing style, but we improved in the second half. We will keep playing the same way, but we have a lot of new players. It is taking us some time to learn what everyone can do. We have different rotations and are looking for the best ones."
RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"It was a difficult game for us. We didn't play the way we wanted, Zalgiris played with more intensity than us for the better part of the game. It is still early, we have to adjust to each other, practice hard and play better in upcoming games. We were not doing things well and we knew it. We have to focus when things are not going well and improve our defense to be able to play the way we want."
ANDERSON, JAMES
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We missed some free throws, we had some turnovers...we were punished for these mistakes. But we showed that we are ready to play against any team in Europe. This game shows to Europe that we can do damage."