2008-09PlayoffsRound 2
March 26, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.1 Points 91.5
34.2 Rebounds 33.5
9.4 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.8 D. Rebounds 24.5
15.8 Assists 15.1
7.8 Steals 7.1
4.8 Blocks 3.4
12.3 Turnovers 12.4
55.9 % 2PT 58.4 %
38.9 % 3PT 42.3 %
80.3 % FT 77.0 %
98.5 Index 104.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / Navarro Points 18.4 / Rakocevic
7.3 / Ilyasova Rebounds 5.2 / Mickeal
1.9 / Vazquez OR 1.8 / MCDONALD, WILL
5.4 / Ilyasova DR 4.3 / Mickeal
3.6 / Navarro Assists 4.5 / Prigioni
1.4 / Navarro Steals 1.6 / Prigioni
2.0 / Vazquez Blocks 1.6 / Splitter
2.1 / Navarro Turnovers 2.2 / Rakocevic
85.7 % / Barton 2PT 73.8 % / TELETOVIC, MIRZA
57.4 % / Basile 3PT 56.4 % / Vidal
92.2 % / Navarro FT 90.6 % / Rakocevic
15.7 / Navarro Index 17.8 / Rakocevic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-1 Playoffs 1-0
5-1 Top 16 4-2
9-1 Regular Season 8-2
14-3 Overall 13-4

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Umpire
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece

The Take

Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs action resumes in Barcelona, Spain less than 48 hours after finishing Game 1, as Regal FCB hosts Tau Ceramica in Game 2 on the best-of-five series on Thursday. Barcelona needs to bounce back from its initial loss in the series. Meanwhile, Tau has the chance to be just win away to make it to its fifth straight Final Four - especially since Games 3 and 4 - if required - take place in Vitoria. Tau led all the way on Tuesday and registered a 75-84 road win behind 17 points and 8 assists from Pablo Prigioni, who controlled the game tempo and dominated the game. Barcelona must try to make Prigioni feel unconfortable and Victor Sada seems the right man for that mission. Sada is ready to share the point guard duties with Jaka Lakovic and little-used playmaker Andre Barrett, who may also see some playing time against Prigioni and former Barcelona player Vlado Ilievski. Tau will keep relying on its floor general while trying to get Igor Rakocevic and Pete Mickeal involved at both wings. Mickeal is a natural-born mismatch due to his size, aggressivity and talent. Roger Grimau will have the tough mission to guard him, while Rakocevic will test his scoring skills against Juan Carlos Navarro, in one of the keys to this game. Both teams have top defensive stoppers to use against them. Navarro is ready to battle against Sergi Vidal while Rakocevic is set for a critical matchup against defensive ace and three-point bomber Gianluca Basile. Lubos Barton is ready to help Barcelona with his versatility and know-how against Mickeal, too. Both teams have strong frontcourts, even when Barcelona has a deeper bench. Ersan Ilyasova, who pulled down 13 boards in Game 1, and Daniel Santiago are expected to start in Game 2. Santiago will try to use his size and power against All-Euroleague center Tiago Splitter. Meanwhile, Ilyasova must use his deep range and speed against Will McDonald. Tau head coach Dusko Ivanovic can count on three-point specialist Mirza Teletovic or use Mickeal at power forward, since center Stanko Barac is seeing limited playing time lately. Meanwhile, David Andersen hopes to use his size and deep range against Teletovic, while Fran Vazquez, in great shape lately. may become a nightmare matchup for Tau because of jumping skills, determination and mobility. Barcelona must get Ilyasova and Vazquez involved to get Splitter into foul trouble, as well as trying to prevent Prigioni from controlling the game tempo. Tau must play with the same intensity as in Game 1 and try to get Rakocevic and Mickeal involved to steal another road win. Expect yet another big showdown at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday.

GAME NOTES

Regal FC Barcelona
  • Guard Juan Carlos Navarro has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 straight games. (22 of 55)
  • With 17 points on Tuesday, Navarro moved into fourth place on the Euroleague Basketball career scoring charts. Navarro passed Luis Scola and now has 2,062 career points.
  • Barcelona boasts four players in the top 10 on the Euroleague Basketball career scoring charts. Juan Carlos Navarro is ranked fourth, Jaka Lakovic sixth, Gianluca Basile seventh and David Andersen eighth.
  • Lakovic is 19 points away from matching Luis Scola for fifth place on the Euroleague Basketball career scoring charts. Lakovic enters Game 2 of the Quarterfinal Playoffs with 2,035 career points.
  • Lakovic is 1 steal away from tying Luis Scola for 10th place on the Euroleague Basketball career steals charts. Lakovic enters Tuesday’s playoffs game with 173 career steals.
  • Big man Fran Vazquez surpassed Gregor Fucka for fifth place on the Euroleague Basketball career charts in blocks on Tuesday. He now has 107 career blocked shots.
  • Vazquez leads the Euroleague in blocked shots this season with 1.9 per game.
Tau Ceramica
  • Guard Igor Rakocevic is 1 three-pointer away from matching Maccabi Electra’s Derrick Sharp for 10th place on the Euroleague Basketball career list. He enters Game 2 of the playoffs with 215 career threes.
  • Rakocevic leads the Euroleague in scoring this season with 18.2 points per game.
  • Forward Mirza Teletovic has drilled 4 three-pointers in seven different games this season and made 3 four other times. He leads the competition with 46 triples this season.
  • All Euroleague center Tiago Splitter took sole possession of 10th place on the Euroleague Basketball career shots blocked on Tuesday, surpassing Eurelijus Zukauskas. Splitter now has 79 career blocks.
  • Point guard Pablo Prigioni set a Euroleague career high with 17 points in the Quarterfinals Playoffs Game 1 win at Barcelona. Prigioni also matched a Euroleague career-high with 5 triples made.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Jaka Lakovic - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona bounced back from a Game 1 loss in the best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series by downing Tau Ceramica 85-62 in front of a wild sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday night. The series is now tied at 1-1, but Tau hosts Games 3 and 4 in Vitoria next week, with the chance to make it to the Final Four in front of its fans. Barcelona needs to steal a road win to keep its Final Four chances alive. Tau overcame a slow start, as free throws by Igor Rakocevic and Will McDonald gave the guests a 23-24 edge after 10 minutes. Tiago Splitter went to the bench with early foul trouble and Ersan Ilyasova and Roger Grimau helped Barcelona to a 36-29 edge. An outstanding Jaka Lakovic helped Barcelona keep a 46-40 lead at halftime. Splitter picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth quarter and Barcelona opted to power the offensive boards through an unstoppable Ilyasova to make it a double-digit game, 55-45. Barcelona boosted its margin to 60-47 after 30 minutes and managed to keep a safe margin all the way until the final buzzer. Lakovic finished with 17 points to lead the winners, Ilyasova posted 16 points and 10 rebounds, Fran Vazquez had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks and Juan Carlos Navarro scored 14 and dished 6 assists. Rakocevic led Tau with 18 points and Will McDonald added 14 in defeat.

Igor Rakocevic - Tau CeramicaSplitter got Tau going with a three-point play as Barcelona picked up three fouls in the opening 24 seconds. Lakovic answered from downtown, but a jump hook by Splitter gave Tau a 3-5 lead. Ilyasova took over with a driving layup and Daniel Santiago gave Barcelona its first lead in the series, 7-5. McDonald hit a turnaround jumper, but back-to-back jump hooks by Santiago put the hosts back ahead, 11-7. Rakocevic hit his first three-pointer only for an unstoppable Santiago to answer with a fast break layup for a 13-10 Barcelona lead. Mirza Teletovic came off the bench and immediately fired in a wide-open triple. Ilyasova also joined the three-point shootout. Rakocevic nailed a stop-and-pop jumper and Pablo Prigioni added a layup off a steal to help Tau regain the lead, 16-17. Lakovic buried a corner triple and Vazquez sent the crowd to its feet with a fast break dunk. McDonald nailed a three-pointer after a Tau timeout, but an acrobatic layup by Ilyasova gave Barcelona a 23-20 edge. Free throws by Rakocevic and McDonald provided another lead change, 23-24, after 10 minutes.

Grimau shined with a driving layup early in the second quarter as Barcelona improved its intensity at both ends with Victor Sada, Ilyasova and Vazquez together on court. Navarro buried a three-pointer, but Rakocevic quickly answered from downtown. Grimau paced Barcelona with another layup in transition and Navarro provided a highlight with an outstanding driving basket. Sergi Vidal rescued Tau with a five-meter jumper, however Ilyasova scored again in penetration. Splitter returned to the bench with 3 fouls and Vazquez hit a floating layup to make it 36-29. Vidal tried to change things with a triple and Teletovic also struck from downtown, causing Barcelona to call timeout, 36-35. Vazquez took over with a put-back dunk and Lakovic added free throws to give the hosts some fresh air, 40-35. Navarro scored off a steal, but McDonald quickly answered with a power layup. David Andersen stepped up with a put-back layup, which McDonald bettered with a three-point play. Lakovic beat the shot clock with a driving layup to give Barcelona a 46-40 edge at halftime.

Ersan Ilyasova - Regal FC BarcelonaPete Mickeal stepped up with a put-back layup after the break as Tau improved its defense. Gianluca Basile buried a fallaway jumper, but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, a three-pointer by Mickeal brought Tau back to life, 48-45. Barcelona quickly adjusted its defense while a put-back layup by Basile kept the hosts ahead. Splitter sat down with 4 fouls and Barcelona kept powering the offensive boards. Ilyasova scored around the basket, while Tau even missed open shots now. Teletovic picked up a huge block on Basile, but a layup-plus-foul by Ilyasova made it a double-digit game, 55-45. McDonald tried to change things with a layup that Vazquez matched in the other end. Grimau made free throws after a Tau timeout, but the guests kept having trouble locking up the defensive rebounds without Splitter on the floor. Vazquez set the crowd on fire with a big block on McDonald, as Tau opted for a small lineup with Mickeal at power forward. The guests could not match Barcelona's intensity, however, and a free throw by Grimau gave his team a 60-47 margin after three quarters.

Vazquez downed a jump hook early in the fourth quarter as the hosts stayed in control. Tau needed an outstanding comeback to return to the game and Mickeal tried to ignite it with free throws, but Basile answered from way downtown to break the game open, 65-49. Rakocevic beat the shot-clock buzzer with a three-pointer, but another jump hook by Vazquez kept Barcelona out of trouble, 67-52, with less than eight minutes remaining. Vazquez added free throws as Barcelona started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. A left-handed 'bomba' by Navarro sealed the outcome, 71-54, with six minutes to go. Vlado Ilievski sank a three-pointer from the corner, but Barcelona excelled in defense, not allowing any easy shots. Lakovic capped his big game with a big triple and even when Splitter returned to the court, everything was already said and done and the Barcelona fans celebrated their first win in the series.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 7084
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Regal FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 27:26 7 2/4 1/3   1 1 2 1 1     1 3   3
6 BARRETT, ANDRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 TRIAS, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BARTON, LUBOS 8:10                         1   -1
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 29:06 17 2/5 3/8 4/4   2 2   1       1 3 14
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 32:54 14 3/6 2/5 2/2   4 4 6 2 2     3 3 18
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 5:36 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2     1   1 1   -1
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 26:08 14 6/6   2/2 4 6 10       2   1 2 27
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 28:51 16 6/8 1/4 1/1 3 7 10 2 1 3 1   1 3 24
24 SADA, VICTOR 10:54     0/2   1   1     1     1   -3
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 13:52 8 4/7       3 3     3 3   4 5 9
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 17:03 7 2/3 0/1 3/4 1 3 4   2       3 3 10
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 85 26/41 7/24 12/13 12 29 41 9 8 10 6 2 19 19 104
        63.4% 29.2% 92.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
Tau Ceramica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 24:59 2 1/4 0/1   2 1 3 2 1       2 1 3
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 15:01 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 2   1         4
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 29:08 18 2/8 3/8 5/6   2 2 3 1 2   2 2 7 13
9 VIDAL, SERGI 24:47 5 1/1 1/1     3 3   3 1       3 13
11 ESLAVA, ARIEL 0:45               1             1
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 30:06 8 1/2 2/6     2 2 2     1   2   6
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 3:52                         1   -1
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 15:07 5 2/6   1/1 1 2 3     3   1 5 1 -4
33 MICKEAL, PETE 26:54 7 1/5 1/1 2/2 1 6 7   1 2   2 2 3 8
42 BARAC, STANKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 MCDONALD, WILL 29:21 14 4/12 1/2 3/3 4 1 5 2 1 2 1 1 5 4 10
Team             2 2     1     1    
Totals 200:00 62 12/39 9/20 11/12 8 20 28 12 7 12 2 6 20 19 53
        30.8% 45% 91.7%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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