2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 22, 2015 CET: 22:00
Local time: 22:00 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
70.0 Points 81.0
30.0 Rebounds 32.0
7.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
13.0 Assists 17.0
4.0 Steals 10.0
6.0 Blocks 4.0
17.0 Turnovers 15.0
45.5 % 2PT 53.3 %
30.0 % 3PT 46.7 %
91.7 % FT 63.2 %
71.0 Index 94.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.0 / Llull Points 18.0 / Zirbes
7.0 / Ayon Rebounds 7.0 / Zirbes
1.0 / Thompkins OR 4.0 / Zirbes
7.0 / Ayon DR 5.0 / Mitrovic
3.0 / Thompkins Assists 5.0 / Jovic
2.0 / Carroll Steals 4.0 / Guduric
2.0 / Thompkins Blocks 2.0 / Mitrovic
4.0 / Llull Turnovers 3.0 / Schortsanitis
100.0 % / Carroll 2PT 100.0 % / Schortsanitis
100.0 % / Maciulis 3PT 100.0 % / Mitrovic
100.0 % / Llull FT 100.0 % / Mekel
19.0 / Llull Index 22.0 / Zirbes


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-1 Regular Season 1-0
0-1 Overall 1-0


Crew Chief

The Take

The reigning champs seek their first win in their home opener then Real Madrid hosts Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. Madrid lost its opener at Khimki Moscow Region last week, while Zvezda opened with a home win over Strasbourg. Zvezda lost starting power forward Luka Mitrovic to injury over the weekend and more will be asked of Marko Simonovic in his stead. Zvezda will also look for more big things from center Maik Zirbes after a strong outing in Round 1 as well as from former All-Euroleague center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Madrid responds with Gustavo Ayon and Willy Hernangomez at center and Felipe Reyes, Andres Nocioni and Trey Thompkins at power forward. Sergio Llull led Los Blancos in scoring last week and he will hope to get more from backcourt mates Sergio Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez and Jaycee Carroll, too. Zvezda has a young and hungry backcourt to counter with point guards Gal Mekel and Stefan Jovic as well as scorer Ryan Thompson. The champs are always favorites at home, but Zvezda can never be counted out.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Game Notes

Real Madrid

Jaycee Carroll is 24 points away from the 1,000-point milestone in his Euroleague career.

Sergio Llull is 10 assists behind CSKA Moscow great J.R. Holden for ninth place on the Euroleague’s all-time assists charts. He comes into this game with 598 career assists.

Llull has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Trey Thompkins has made 24 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Andres Nocioni needs just 1 more block to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

With his next three-pointer, Rudy Fernandez will move into sole possession of 20th place on the Euroleague’s all-time charts. He is currently tied with Ibrahim Kutluay with 228 career triples.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Gal Mekel was a teammate of Madrid big man Trey Thompkins last season at Nizhny Novogord.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a teammate of Real Madrid forward Jonas Maciulis at Panathinaikos Athens during the 2012-13 season.

Stefan Jovic dished a career-high 9 assists in last season’s Top 16 opener at home against Real Madrid.

Maik Zirbes comes off the best game of his Euroleague career; he set career highs with 18 points and a performance index rating of 22 in last week’s win over Strasbourg.

Zirbes’s previous best performance index rating of 20 along with a career-best 9 rebounds came against Real Madrid last season.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"After two road games, the 10 days in Madrid will be good for us to recover a little and practice with tranquility, but always with competition in mind. We suffered a loss in Euroleague, and the game against Crvena Zvezda is important and we have to face it looking at us, but also respecting the opponent. My main goal right now is to improve every day. My team is well in general. Jeff Taylor is starting to practice with the team but I don't know whether he will be able to play this week. He's doing some stuff with the group but we don't want to take any unnecessary risks. Crvena Zvezda has changed some players, but not their style. Marjanovic's place has been taken by Schortsanitis, different players but with similar features. Both play way inside and with Zirbes rotating at center. They base theyr style on them, and from there they go to four open players in all positions."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We go to Madrid at the moment when we were hit by various problems, after all the events, a loss in ABA league, and the injury of our captain Luka Mitrovic. At the other side, Real Madrid is a European champion , the club that has won so much last season, when we played with them great games in the Euroleague. They have a quality roster this year, they can defend the trophy . The base of the team has remained the same, they have the quality and experience, and rightfully expect to be in the final of the Euroleague this season."


Real Madrid
"The team must improve day by day and with practices, getting more group-work time. We had our first win on Sunday and I hope we stay on that way. The group is not easy and we don't have an easy opponent in this game. Crvena Zvezda is a very good team and we'll have to work all 40 minutes. Stopping Schortsanitis is hard and I have an individual challenge there. We will have to do good team work to make it, because it's difficult to stop him one on one."

Real Madrid mauls Crvena Zvezda

Reigning champion Real Madrid put on a show on late Thursday night, dominating Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on the way to a 98-71 win. Both teams now stand at 1-1 in Group A. Madrid allowed only one basket in the first nine minutes of the contest, running out to a 19-2 lead and margin grew by minute after that. The hosts held a 56-20 halftime advantage and led 76-30 midway through the third quarter, before finally slowing down and cruising the rest of the way for its first win of the season. Jaycee Carroll netted 19 points, and Gustavo Ayon collected 16 and 7 rebounds to top the scoring charts Trey Thompkins added 12 points, Willy Hernangomez and Sergio Llull each scored 11 and Sergio Rodriguez dished 11 assists. Maik Zirbes finished as the top scorer for Zvezda with 15 points, Marko Simonovic added 12 and Borisa Simanic scored 10 in his Euroleague debut. Stefan Jovic had 9 points and 9 assists in defeat.

Llull and defense get Madrid going right away

Llull opened the scoring with a runner and added a pair of free throws. Baskets were few and far between at the start of the game, with Madrid playing active on defense and holding the visitors without a basket for more than four minutes. Felipe Reyes scored a fastbreak layup for a 6-0 starts before Ryan Thompson opened Zvezda's account with a fastbreak dunk. But a triple from Rudy Fernandez opened a 10-2 margin and forced the visitors to call a timeout. But that did not stop Madrid's run, as Fernandez dished a pass for Ayon's three-point play. Hernangomez had a layup and Llull drove coast-to-coast as the margin reached 19-2. Borisa Simanic ended Zvezda’s drought with a triple, but Rodriguez answered right back and Madrid led 22-6 after 10 minutes.

Carroll gets hot as Madrid runs a rout

Carroll hit a wide-open three to start the quarter, followed by a put-back from Hernangomez and a triple from Thompkins to make it 30-7. After a timeout, Hernangomez scored inside twice, including a big two-handed dunk in the lane. Marko Guduric scored a three-point play to cut the deficit to 34-10, but Thompkins scored a short jumper and Carroll nailed a corner triple. Zirbes banked in a shot, and after Carroll scored a put-back, Simanic answered with a put-back dunk that made it 41-14. Carroll nailed a triple before Rodriguez and Ayon connected on back-to-back layups. Zirbes and Thompkins traded baskets inside, before Doncic knocked down a corner triple off one leg, the first three-pointer of his career in the competition. Before the quarter’s end, Reyes and Nastic traded baskets inside to make it 56-20.

Third quarter: Margin reaches 46 points

Guduric finished a driving layup in traffic, but Reyes scored inside for a 59-22 lead. After Ayon banked in a runner, Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored an easy reverse layup, but an off-balance three-pointer from Fernandez and a layup from Maciulis broke the 40-point barrier, 67-26. After a timeout, Jovic nailed a long jumper, but Ayon scored twice more inside before Thompson drove for a layup for the visitors. Llull drove to the hoop for 76-30 as the hosts’ rhythm slowed down. Marko Simonovic sank a three-pointer, and after Nocioni scored inside, Branko Lazic scored from long range for Zvezda to make it 78-37. Hernangomez banked in his shot inside, and after Jovic made a runner, Fernandez banked in a circus shot. Zirbes ended the quarter, beating the buzzer for close range to put 82-41 on the scoreboard.

Fourth quarter: Madrid cruises, Jovic and Zirbes cut the deficit

Simonovic and Nocioni traded triples to start the quarter. Jovic dished for a Zirbes dunk, and Simanic nailed a long range shot. Lazic and Jovic each made a pair of free throws. After a floater from Carroll, Jovic found Simonovic for an open three-pointer and then drove for a layup himself that made it 87-58. As the game was getting closer to the end, Nikola Rebic scored a layup, but Thompkins hit a three-pointer, Madrid’s tenth of the night to lead 93-60. Zirbes scored 6 of 8 from the foul line. After Carroll made a baseline floater, Simanic knocked down a baseline jumper, helping cut the deficit to 95-68. At the very end, Madrid’s Dino Radoncic scored his first Euroleague point, rounding out the score at 98-71.

Gustavo Ayon - Real Madrid - EB15
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Attendance: 11486
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid22342616
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade6142130
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid22568298
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade6204171
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:00 8 1/4 2/2   1 4 5 4 1 2     1 2 14
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 14:23 5 1/1 1/3     3 3     1 2   2 1 6
7 DONCIC, LUKA 18:57 3 0/1 1/2   1 4 5 2   1     1   6
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 15:02 2 1/2       4 4     1   1 1   2
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:37 7 3/8 0/1 1/2 1 7 8 1 1 1     1 3 11
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 22:03 3 0/1 1/4     2 2 11 1 1     2 4 14
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 17:11 16 6/9   4/5 3 4 7 3 1   2 1 2 4 26
17 RADONCIC, DINO 2:48 1 0/1   1/2                 1 1 -1
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 23:13 19 3/5 3/9 4/4 3 3 6 1   1   1 3 2 15
23 LLULL, SERGIO 17:57 11 3/4 0/2 5/7   1 1 5   1     1 5 15
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 18:12 12 3/3 2/3   1 4 5 1 1       4   14
41 HERNANGOMEZ, WILLY 12:37 11 5/6   1/2 2   2     2 2   3 1 9
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 98 26/45 10/26 16/22 15 36 51 28 5 11 6 3 22 23 134
        57.8% 38.5% 72.7%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 6:09 2 1/4 0/1 0/1       2       1 1 1 -2
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 13:57 4 2/5 0/2   1 1 2     1   1 1   -2
7 MEKEL, GAL 14:36   0/5       1 1   1   1   2 1 -3
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:14 5 0/2 1/4 2/2 2 1 3   1 1     2 3 4
12 SIMANIC, BORISA 28:00 10 2/2 2/4   1 3 4   1   2   1   14
15 TEJIC, MARKO 7:38   0/1 0/1         1 1       2   -2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 18:47 12   3/4 3/3 1 3 4 1 2 2       1 17
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 13:13 3 1/5   1/2   1 1     1   3 4 3 -6
22 NASTIC, STEFAN 7:13 2 1/6     1 2 3     1     1   -2
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 16:01 9 2/4 0/1 5/5 1 1 2 2   1     5 3 7
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 27:16 9 3/4 0/1 3/3   4 4 9 2 2     2 2 20
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 23:56 15 4/10   7/12 3 3 6         1 3 7 13
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 71 16/48 6/18 21/28 13 20 33 15 8 10 3 6 24 21 60
        33.3% 33.3% 75%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"I think we played an all-around first half, both on defense and offense. We were able to rebound well, played good defense and did not allow open shots at any time. That allowed us to get a lead which was definitive. We had a good start after the break and when we were leading by 40, we brought new players in, rotated a bit, even using players out of position in order to grow as a team. Everything went well for us since the first minute. The key to the regular season is now how you finish in the standings, but winning all home games, which allows you to be in the Top 16. I am happy because my team is getting back in track but have a lot of work to do. It was a good opportunity for us to give everyone some playing time."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We have some injury problems, especially Luka Mitrovic. We didn't have a good start to the game tonight. We improved from the final minutes of the third quarter and did better after that. We have to work hard and get our young players involved. We have a lot of work ahead of us."


Real Madrid
"We didn't expect such an easy game. We had a very strong start and led the game from the first quarter. We enjoyed ourselves, things went well for us and we managed to get our first win in the Euroleague this season. We have reasons to be happy; we are playing better every week and are getting back on track after a tough summer."
Real Madrid
"We played a great first half and got a big lead. We have to focus on what we do and try to keep improving in upcoming games. We always want to play well and get results like this. It is good that everybody played and our young players had an opportunity to step on court and gain experience. We will not have many games like this, but are happy to get wins like this."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We didn't have a good game. We came here to fight, but have a lot of injury problems right now. We have to improve a lot in the future, but we are working on it. There are many Euroleague games ahead of us."
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