Montepaschi Siena mauled Real Madrid 69-88
Montepaschi Siena sent a message that echoed all around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by downing Real Madrid 69-88 in the Spanish capital in Top 16 Group F on Wednesday. Montepaschi improved to 2-0 and became the only undefeated team in Group F, handing Madrid its first Euroleague home loss this season. Bo McCalebb paced the winners with 25 points, a new Euroleague career-high, on 9-of-10 two-pointers and 6 assists. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 16 points, David Andersen had 11 while David Moss got 10 for Montepaschi. Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll added 12 points for the hosts. A three-pointer by Carroll gave Madrid its last lead, 8-6. Moss and McCalebb fueled a 0-14 run that put Montepaschi ahead for good, 8-20. Montepaschi improved its margin to 15-31 after 10 minutes and then again to 20-40 early in the second quarter. Sergio Llull and Reyes stepped up to bring Madrid within 34-47 at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as an outstanding McCalebb allowed Montepaschi to get a 48-65 margin at the end of the third quarter and the guests managed to keep a safe margin all the way until the final buzzer.
Bootsy Thornton got Montepaschi going with a turnaround jumper that Ante Tomic matched with free throws. Andrea Michelori shined with a power basket but Nikola Mirotic answered from downtown to give Madrid its first lead, 5-4. Moss shined with a fast break layup that Carroll bettered with a triple, good for a 8-6 score. McCalebb took over with a wild three-point play and soon added a layup to put Montepaschi back ahead, 8-11. Moss finished a patient Montepaschi offense with a three-pointer and a mid-range jumper by Andersen boosted the guests' lead to 8-16. McCalebb stayed on fire with a backdoor layup and free throws by Moss capped a 0-14 Montepaschi run, 8-20. Carroll split free throws and a tip-in by Tomic got the crowd involved at 11-20. Montepaschi did not panic, however, as back-to-back triples by McCalebb and Lavrinovic broke the game open, 11-26. Lavrinovic nailed another three-pointer and a fast break layup by McCalebb kept Montepaschi way ahead, 13-31. Free throws by Felipe Reyes brought Madrid within 15-31 after 10 minutes.
Moss fired in his second three-pointer early in the second quarter and Tomas Ress erased Reyes' free throws with a five-meter jumper that restored a 17-36 Montepaschi margin. Carlos Suarez nailed a triple from the right wing but back-to-back driving baskets by Igor Rakocevic made it a 20-point game, 20-40, forcing Madrid to call a much-needed timeout. The hosts started to play more aggressive at both ends and Rodriguez tried to ignite Madrid's comeback with free throws. Reyes his his trademark
jumper from the top of the key but Rakocevic matched that in the other end. Llull took over with a wild driving layup but a red hot Rakocevic buried a big three-pointers that silenced the crowd at 26-45. Marty Pocius joined the three-point shootout, as Montepaschi had started to struggle to find open shots and could not play defense with the same intensity once it had entered the foul bonus. Reyes shined with a driving basket and a free throw by Llull got the hosts even closer, 32-45. A huge jumper by McCalebb and an acrobatic basket by Kyle Singler fixed the halftime score at 34-47.
Montepaschi struggled to score right after the game, as Madrid kept playing with high intensity. Meanwhile, Pocius took over with a reverse layup for a 36-47 Madrid deficit. Andersen shined with a turnaround jumper and Thornton nailed a six-meter shot to boost the guests' lead to 36-51. Montepaschi kept its momentum going, controlling the game through an outstanding McCalebb, whose layup-plus-foul gave his team a 36-54 margin. The guests had improved their defense midway through the third quarter and free throws by Thornton capped a 0-9 run. Carroll followed a jumper with a put-back layup but Thornton quickly scored in transition for a 40-58 score. Reyes hit a jump hook that Lavrinovic bettered with his third three-pointer. Mirza Begic found his first points and Reyes added a put-back basket but an unbelievable basket by McCalebb gave Montepaschi a 46-63 lead. Lavrinovic buried a jumper but a driving layup by Llull kept Madrid within 48-65 after 30 minutes.
Lavrinovic struck from downtown early in the fourth quarter but Begic quickly answered with a jump hook. Montepaschi had started to use long possessions to make the most out of lead but started to get tough shots, too. Llull made free throws and a close basket by Reyes got the crowd involved at 54-68. Reyes scored again off a Montepaschi timeout and a driving basket by Carroll brought Madrid as close as 58-68, after a 10-0 run. Lavrinovic gave the guests some fresh air with free throws that Mirotic erased with a five-meter jumper. McCalebb took over with a fast break layup that forcing Madrid to call timeout, 60-72, with under 4 minutes to go. Llull split foul shots but McCalebb shock the crowd with a power basket. Free throws by Shaun Stonerook sealed the outcome, 61-76, but Madrid kept fighting for points differential. Andersen, McCalebb and Nikos Zisis stepped up to keep Montepaschi way ahead and make the guests cruise to a well-deserved, pivotal road win.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012