2007-08Regular SeasonRound 11
January 10, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PIONIR
Alex Mumbru - Real Madrid Real Madrid stormed into the Top 16 from Group C by holding on for a 72-80 road win over Partizan Igokea in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday. Madrid raised its record to 8-3, good enough to tie for second place with archrival Barcelona, which lost by a point to group leader Panathinaikos at home. Partizan is now 4-7 and tied for fifth place with Lottomatica Roma. Madrid staked its game plan on shutting down Nikola Pekovic, the top-rated performer in the Euroleague going into the game, and succeeded in limiting him to 6 points. Felipe Reyes led the winners with 15 points, while Alex Mumbru had 14 and Lazaros Papadopoulos 12. For Partizan, Milt Palacio and Dusan Kecman posted 13 points each while Milenko Tepic added 10. A close game was tied for the last time at 68-68, after which Reyes scored the next 6 points and Madrid managed that margin until the victory was in hand.

After almost 2 scoreless minutes Charles Smith opened fire in sold-out Pionir Arena as Madrid started with double-teaming Pekovic, Partizan's most dangerous weapon. Blagota Sekulic scored now for the guests before a three-point play from Palacio got Partizan on the board. Sekulic scored again before Uros Tripkovic tied it up 8-8 with another three-point play. Madrid restored a slim lead that jumped to 6 points when Tunceri hit first triple in the game. Madrid big man Lazaros Papadopoulos and Pekovic went off, replaced by Felipe Reyes and Slavko Vranes, respectively, but nothing changed and the visitors held a 17-21 advantage at the end of first quarter.

Milenko Tepic and Felipe Reyes - Partizan Igokea - Real MadridPartizan opened second period with an 8-0 run, taking over the lead as Petar Bozic struck from behind the arc and Vranes dunked. Bullock answered for Madrid and Reyes tied again among 7 straight points that pushed the visitors back in front at 27-32. Vranes continued boosting the hosts with 5 straight points that forged another tie, 37-37. But Madrid held on to lead after one half 38-41 with Alex Mumbru's points from the line.

Both teams started the second half with hard defensive work that resulted in another 2 scoreless minutes. Then Charles Smith and Kecman traded triples before Mumbru added one more as Madrid now led 41-49. Kecman inspired a 7-0 run for Partizan, but just when the visitors seemd to be gaining momentum, Raul Lopez scored a bomb for Madrid in a crucial moment. Papadopoulos added basket-plus-free throw, helping Real to increase its lead to 50-59. He added one more as third period ended with the guests still looking strong at 53-61.

After Bullock increased the gap with a triple to start the final quarter, Novica Velickovic and Palacio brought back hope to Partizan. When Palacio added a three-pointer, the score was 60-65, but Mumbru quieted the crowd by stroking from downtown on the shot-clock buzzer. Milenko Tepic answered the same way for Partizan, however, and when Palacio scored on a fastbreak, Madrid was forced to call timeout holding a 65-68 lead in minute 34. Tepic scored once more from downtown to cap a 15-4 run with a 68-68 tie. From that moment forward, the teams were struggling not for each basket but for each square centimeter on the court. Reyes showed his class with 6 straight points, giving that much of an advantage to Madrid with 2 minutes left. Tepic and Mumbru traded baskets and when Tripkovic missed a triple, Madrid's position was safe to keep the win until the end as Lopez sealed the victory with points from the line.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Aca Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 6753
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Partizan Igokea17211519
Real Madrid21202019
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Partizan Igokea17385372
Real Madrid21416180
Partizan Igokea
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PALACIO, MILT 34:47 13 3/6 1/6 4/5 1 3 4 4 2 2 1   1 5 17
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 23:05 10 2/2 2/4   1 1 2 3 1       1 2 15
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 29:30 13 3/5 2/5 1/2 3 3 6 2   2     4 2 11
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 3:15   0/1                         -1
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 19:34 5 2/3 0/5 1/1           2     1 1 -3
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 23:06 8 2/3 1/5 1/2 2 1 3 2   1   1 3 2 4
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 26:00 6 1/4   4/4 4 3 7 1   1   1 4 4 9
15 VITKOVAC, CEDOMIR 20:55 7 2/3 0/2 3/4   2 2   1 2     2 2 4
17 DJURKOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 BOZIC, PETAR 5:13 3   1/1                   5   -2
21 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 0:35     0/1                   1   -2
33 VRANES, SLAVKO 14:00 7 3/3   1/3 2 4 6       1   1 2 13
Team                                
Totals 200:00 72 18/30 7/29 15/21 13 17 30 12 4 10 2 2 23 20 65
        60% 24.1% 71.4%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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
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 6:59 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     2 1  
7 SMITH, CHARLES 21:45 9 3/7 1/4   1 4 5 2 1 1   1 1   7
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 8:54 6 3/4     1 1 2           3 1 5
9 REYES, FELIPE 24:44 15 6/9   3/4 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 20
13 AGUILAR, PABLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 31:50 12 5/7   2/3 1 3 4 2 3 1 1   3 3 18
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 26:25 14 3/3 2/2 2/4   6 6 2   1     3 5 21
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 14:08 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1     1     3 3 -2
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 23:44 7 1/5 1/1 2/2       4   2     1 1 5
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 16:44 5 1/2 1/3                     4 6
23 LLULL, SERGIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 24:47 9 2/2 1/1 2/2   2 2 3         2 1 13
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 25/41 6/13 12/17 5 21 26 14 6 8 2 2 20 23 93
        61% 46.2% 70.6%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan Igokea
"First of all, congratulations to Real for the win they deserved. We need two more victories to reach the Top 16, but tonight we were not as brave as we had to be. It seems that it was too hard a game for a number of my players. In a moments when the chance for a turning point came, we made too many mistakes. But we are still in a race for Top 16 and each new game is a new chance to reach one of the two wins that we need."
PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"This is a very important win to us because here in Belgrade nobody beats Partizan in an easy way. That is the reason we grew up as a team on a hot court. We played patient and strong on defense, especially at the end of third and beginning of the final period. I think that they were key moments for our win. Defense was the key. I wish Partizan luck in reaching the Top 16 because it is among the four or five best teams in our group."

Players

VRANES, SLAVKO
Partizan Igokea
"It was a nice opportunity for us to catch the connection for the Top 16 phase, but we lost concentration at the end after we played well for more than 35 minutes. There are three more games in our group and nothing is finished yet. We had great help from our fans and congratulations to them."
LOPEZ, RAUL
Real Madrid
"It was a heavy game and a very important win to us. We knew that Partizan is almost unbeatable on its own court but we prepared well and played almost perfect during all 40 minutes. We controlled the game and did a good job."
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