2007-08Regular SeasonRound 10
January 03, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Felipe Reyes - Real Madrid Real Madrid stormed over Brose Baskets Bamberg 93-57 in the Spanish capital on Thursday night. Madrid improved to 7-3 and is closer thn ever to a Top 16 spot. Meanwhile, Brose Baskets dropped to 1-9 and is all but mathematically out of the competition. Louis Bullock led the winners with 20 points on 6-for-7 three-point shooting. Axel Hervelle added 19 on 3-for-3 two-point and 4-for-4 three-point shooting, Alex Mumbru had 16, while Felipe Reyes grabbed 10 rebounds for Madrid, which fired in 17 of 33 three-pointers and outrebounded its opponents 37-24. Darren Fenn had 17 points for Brose Baskets, Predrag Suput added 13 while Chris Ensminger had 10. Madrid opened the game with a 15-0 run and boosted its lead up to 29-12 after 10 minutes. A rain of three-pointers allowed Madrid to make it a 25-point game, 54-29, at halftime. Brose Baskets improved its offense early in the third quarter, but Madrid still managed to get a mammoth 75-44 margin after 30 minutes, more than enough to seal the outcome.

The game turned into a defensive battle in the beginning, as Reyes beat the shot clock with a layup-plus-foul. Brose Baskets went scoreless in the opening five minutes, while Mumbru buried a three-pointer for a 6-0 Madrid lead. By the time Bullock dunked it off a midcourt steal, Bamberg head coach Dirk Bauermann asked for a timeout at 8-0. Raul Lopez fed Mumbru for a fast break layup, as Brose Baskets simply could not find the way to the basket. Lazaros Papadopoulos hit his trademark hook shot and Bullock sank a corner triple to cap a 15-0 opening run for Madrid. Fenn stepped up with a jump hook for Brose Baskets. Bullock persisted from downtown, but a layup by Ensminger and a fast break basket by Suput gave Bamberg some hope at 18-6. Hervelle stepped up with a big triple from the top of the key and soon added a put-back basket – and the free throw that came with it. Michalis Pelekanos capped a 9-0 run with another three-pointer for a 27-6 Madrid margin. Steffen Hamann and Sajmen Hauer fueled a 0-6 run, but Blagota Sekulic buried a long two-pointer for a 29-12 Madrid lead after 10 minutes.

Pedrag Suput - Brose BasketsCharles Smith pleased the crowd with a fast break dunk early in the second quarter, as Bamberg struggled at both ends. Sekulic stepped up with a put-back basket to restore a 21-point Madrid lead, 33-12. Once again Bamberg could not find the way to the basket, as it went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until newcomer Kimani Ffriend took over with a put-back layup. Hauer added free throws, but they only managed to get his team within 33-16. Madrid opted to look for long, patient possessions and Mumbru finished one with an easy layup. Brose Baskets called timeout and switched to a 2-3 zone defense that Mumbru immediately punished with a corner three-pointer, good for a 38-16 Madrid lead. Fenn scored in the paint, but Mumbru answered to make it 40-18. Papadopoulos fed Hervelle for his second triple, as Bamberg tried to look for its big men now. Ensminger shined with a jump hook, as Madrid opted to give homegrown talent Pablo Aguilar extended playing time. He immediately delivered with a corner triple to give Madrid a mammoth 48-24 lead. Three-pointers by Lopez, Suput and Bullock, as well as a buzzer-beating put-back layup by Fenn, fixed the halftime score at 54-29.

Fenn tried to ignite the guests' comeback right after the break, but Reyes made a free throw and Bullock collected a steal and fed Sergi Llull for a fast break dunk. Suput stepped up with a driving basket, but a red-hot Bullock answered from downtown for a 60-33 Madrid lead. The hosts had less intensity in defense now due to its huge advantage and Suput made the most out of it with a three-pointer. Mumbru and Fenn joined the three-point shootout while Reyes scored inside for a 65-39 score, as both teams traded baskets at full speed now. Suput scored again, as Bamberg was running its offense through him now. Meanwhile, Hervelle had a put-back layup to make Brose Baskets call timeout at 67-41 after 27 minutes. Hervelle shined with a three-pointer and even when Fenn answered from downtown, Hervelle insisted from beyond the arc for a 73-44 margin. Once again Hervelle added a follow-up layup, as Madrid had already sealed the outcome, 75-44, at the end of the third quarter.

Everything was said and done up to this point and Madrid kept trying to develop weapons such as full-court pressure to use in the upcoming Group C games. Madrid also tried to please its many fans with some showtime, as Brose Baskets tried to change things once the outcome was clear. Ensminger and Suput stepped up for the guests, but a three-pointer by Kerem Tunceri and free throws by Reyes gave Madrid a 35-point lead. Smith found Papadopoulos for an easy basket, but Robert Garrett found his first points on a fast break layup, while Ensminger added a power layup. Nothing changed in the final three minutes, as Madrid will now try to reach high in Group C while Brose Baskets needs a miracle comeback to make it to the next round.

Thursday, January 3, 2008
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA)
Attendance: 7200
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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
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 16:37 3   1/2         1 3       1 2 7
7 SMITH, CHARLES 19:34 2 1/3 0/5   1 2 3 1 1 1       1  
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 16:00 6 3/4 0/1   3 3 6     2 1   2 1 8
9 REYES, FELIPE 19:03 8 2/7   4/5 3 7 10       1   1 5 17
13 AGUILAR, PABLO 7:37 3 0/1 1/1     3 3           1   4
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 20:27 6 2/3   2/2   1 1 4 1 5     5 2 3
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 23:40 16 3/3 3/5 1/2 1 3 4       1   3 2 17
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 16:53 19 3/3 4/4 1/1 3 3 6     4     3 1 19
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 17:55 3 0/1 1/4   1   1 6 3 3     1 1 6
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 20:09 20 1/1 6/7     2 2 2 5 1         27
23 LLULL, SERGIO 6:18 2 1/3           2         1   1
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 15:47 5 0/2 1/3 2/2       4         3 2 4
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 93 16/31 17/32 10/12 12 25 37 20 13 16 3 0 21 17 114
        51.6% 53.1% 83.3%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ENSMINGER, CHRIS 22:29 10 4/6   2/5   2 2 1 1       2 4 11
5 HAUER, SAJMEN 16:20 7 2/4 0/1 3/5         1 3     1 3 2
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 7:14 2 1/2       1 1 2 1 1   1   1 4
7 GREENE, DEMOND DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 28:45 13 3/4 2/4 1/2 1 1 2   1 5     2 2 7
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 7:17     0/1     1 1 1         1    
10 FENN, DARREN 23:27 17 4/5 3/6   1 3 4     1     3   13
11 PAVIC, IVAN 7:59   0/2                     1   -3
12 GARRETT, ROBERT 29:48 2 1/5 0/2   1 1 2 1   5   1   2 -5
24 DICKEL, MARK 30:36   0/1 0/1   1 2 3 4 3 1   1 4 2 4
31 FFRIEND, KIMANI 26:05 6 2/8   2/6 2 7 9 2 4 3     3 7 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 57 17/37 5/15 8/18 6 18 24 11 11 19 0 3 17 21 45
        45.9% 33.3% 44.4%
Head coach: BAUERMANN, DIRK

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It was not an easy game, just as we expected. These kind of games are always tough to face, psychologically speaking. We managed to stay focused from the very beginning. We played better defense and managed to have good shot selection from three-point range, and those were the keys of this win. It is not easy for a team to stay focused against the last team in thie group. We used thie game to improve and had a strong start in a key month, as we are facing several tough games in the near future."
BAUERMANN, DIRK
Brose Baskets
"First of all, I must congratulate Real Madrid for its good game. I think that the key to this game was their shot selection, as well as their defense, which allowed them to win it. We believe that if we had a better night in defense and if we came to Madrid with no injuries, it would have been a very balanced game."

Players

BULLOCK, LOUIS
Real Madrid
"We played tough without caring about our opponents' group record. That allowed us to stay focused and be able to fine the way to get an easy win. I am happy with my game, but I don't think I am the leader on court. Sometimes I am, but anyone can become the leader of this game at any given night. I felt well on court tonight and had good vibrations. The whole team played good basketball tonight."
HERVELLE, AXEL
Real Madrid
"We had a strong start and managed to stay focused in the opening minutes. We had very good defense and managed to play very aggressive tonight. I am happy with the game I played, but I think we all played well. It is always tough to face a team like Brose Baskets, that came to Madrid with nothing to lose."
FFRIEND, KIMANI
Brose Baskets
"We didn't play well tonight. We didn't put as much effort as we should in defense and I played a bad game overall. I tried to play hard in defense and get open shots. I am happy with my Euroleague debut but I must keep working hard and get back in shape."
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