Reyes's double-double leads Madrid to home win
In an attractive game at Barclaycard Center, Real Madrid improved to 2-0 in Top 16 Group E by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 93-78 on Thursday. The loss dropped Galatasaray’s Top 16 record to 1-1. Felipe Reyes paced the winners with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Fernandez added 15 points, Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 while Sergio Llull racked up 12 points and 7 assists for Los Blancos. Zoran Erceg led Galatasaray with 17 points. Carlos Arroyo and Ender Arslan each added 11 for Madrid. Reyes had 10 points in the first quarter and got help from Llull and Gustavo Ayon, but Erceg and a buzzer-beating dunk by Sinan Guler kept Galatasaray within 25-24 after 10 minutes. Erceg gave Galatasaray its last lead, 25-27, early in the second quarter. Andres Nocioni and Marcus Slaughter fueled a 13-0 run that gave Madrid a 38-27 margin. An outstanding Rodriguez boosted the hosts' lead to 55-39 at halftime. Fernandez pushed the lead to 64-46 soon after the break and even though Galatasaray kept fighting, Madrid managed to keep a double-digit margin until the final buzzer.
First quarter: Reyes puts Madrid ahead
Erceg got Galatasaray going with a close basket and Vladimir Micov erased Reyes's jump hook with a layup, good for a 2-4 lead. Gustavo Ayon stepped up with a second-chance basket and a close jumper by Reyes gave Madrid its first lead, 6-4. Llull took over with a fast break layup and free throws by Reyes capped an 8-0 Madrid run. Arroyo scored in penetration, but K.C. Rivers swished a turnaround shot. A five-meter jumper by Erceg kept Galatasaray within 12-8. Ayon scored again, but Micov struck from downtown and a put-back layup by Reyes gave Madrid a 16-11 edge. Sinan Guler followed a triple with a one-handed floater, but Fernandez kept the hosts ahead, 19-16. Erceg and Llull traded three-pointers before Arroyo tied it at 22-22. Reyes shined with his trademark put-back basket and Nocioni split free throws, but a coast-to-coast, buzzer-beating slam by Guler kept the guests within 25-24 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: El Chacho shines again
Erceg nailed a three-pointer to put Galatasaray back ahead, 25-27, early in the quarter. Ioannis Bourousis beat the guests' zone defense with a layup-plus-foul and Jaycee Carroll buried his trademark triple off a screen to give Madrid fresh air at 31-27. Nocioni shined with a big basket in penetration and added a corner triple, after which the guests called timeout at 36-27. Fernandez fed Slaughter for a no-look alley-oop slam to cap a 13-0 run. Erceg and Carroll exchanged three-pointers and Nocioni scored again to make it a 13-point game. Erceg kept pacing Galatasaray with a layup. Slaughter dunked, but and a three-pointer by Martynas Pocius gave the guests hope at 45-35. Rodriguez made free throws and a wild coast-to-coast layup by Llull ignited the crowd at 49-35. Arroyo fed Aleks Maric for a layup and Kerem Gonlum scored down low, but Rodriguez and Slaughter kept Madrid way ahead, 55-39, at halftime.
Third quarter: Galatasaray keeps hopes alive
Guler split free throws right after the break and a driving layup by Arroyo brought Galatasaray a bit closer, 55-42. Madrid was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Reyes stepped up with a three-point play. Maric made foul shots, but Reyes scored again. A jumper by Arroyo kept the guests within 60-46. Reyes kept pacing Madrid with a fast break basket, which Fernandez followed with free throws for an 18-point Madrid lead. Patric Young dunked, but Fernandez did better with a three-pointer. Ender Arslan answered from downtown, as Madrid tried to improve its ball circulation with Rodriguez and Llull together on court. Fernandez and Erceg exchanged free throws and Pocius brought Galatasaray within 69-55. More foul shots by Justin Carter made it a 12-point game.
Fourth quarter: Madrid cruises to big win
Fernandez buried a five-meter jumper early in the quarter. Rodriguez fired in a baseline jumper, but Arslan quickly bettered that with a bomb from downtown. Young found space for a wide open jumper, which Fernandez improved with a seven-meter three-pointer, good for a 76-62 Madrid margin with seven minutes left. Carroll got the crowd involved with a backdoor layup and Slaughter collected an acrobatic steal that allowed Rodriguez to restore a 80-62 Madrid margin. Rodriguez struck from downtown before Galatasaray called timeout down 21. Arslan insisted from downtown, but Micov scored again and a layup by Gonlum caused Madrid to stop the game at 83-69. Arroyo capped a 0-9 run with a big basket, but Reyes sealed the outcome with an acrobatic three-point play. Gonlum kept trying to change things, but Madrid had cruised to an important an d well-deserved home win.
Thursday, January 8, 2015