2014-15Top 16Round 10
March 12, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Real Madrid easies past ALBA and into playoffs

Real Madrid never trailed and beat depleted ALBA Berlin 93-62 to become first team this season to clinch a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs. Madrid improved to 9-1 atop of Group E, while ALBA dropped to 4-6 and fifth place. Madrid opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter, but the visitors hit four triples in the second to be within 46-39 at halftime. However, Madrid picked it up on defense after the break, while often running fastbreaks and breaking the game open. Jaycee Carroll finished with 13 points to lead Los Blancosin victory. Sergio Llull scored 12 points, Rudy Fernandez collected 11 points plus 8 assists, while Gustavo Ayon and Andres Nocioni scored 10 apiece. ALBA, which was without Jamel McLean, Cliff Hammonds and Leon Radosevic, saw Reggie Redding score 14 points and Alex King net 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Rudy helps Madrid pull away early

After receiving his award as the February bwin MVP before the game, Rudy opened the game with a three-point play. Marko Banic split free throws to open ALBA's tally, and Jonas Wohlfarth banked in a shot to tie the score at 3-3. Ayon scored a pair of baskets inside, and fought for a pair of offensive rebounds for Madrid, but Banic made a put-back and Redding finished a fast break with a layup to even things at 7-7. After Fernandez sank a three-pointer, Redding answered with a jumper, but a runner from Llull helped Madrid open 14-9 margin. After a timeout, Llull drove the full length of the floor for a layup, and after King scored from close range, Fernandez sank his second triple and Felipe Reyes scored on a fastbreak for a 21-11 lead. K.C. Rivers and Wohlfarth traded baskets, but Ismet Akpinar knocked down a three for ALBA pointer and Banic followed by driving the baseline for a reverse layup to get within 24-18. However, Carroll made a layup-plus-free throw in the final seconds of the quarter for a 27-18 lead.

Second quarter: ALBA hits from downtown to hang in

Nocioni got things going in the second quarter with a corner triple, which extended the margin to 12 points, but a Wohlfarth tip-in and a triple from Niels Giffey cut it back to 30-23. Alex Renfroe traded a pair of driving layups with a put-back from Reyes and a mid-range jumper from Carroll. Carroll and Renfore also traded three-pointers, before King hit one from downtown to make it 39-33 and prompting the hosts to call timeout. Sergio Rodriguez drove through a crowd for a layup, but King hit another three that made it a 5-point game. However, a pair of fouls shots from Jonas Maciulis and a three-pointer from Rodriguez extended the lead before Redding beat the buzzer with a put-back for a 46-39 halftime score.

Third quarter: 14-3 run breaks the game open

Rivers started the second half with a three-pointer, and finished a fast break with a layup. Ayon’s free throws and a layup extended it to 55-39 before Redding sank a triple to snap a 9-0 run. But Llull made a three-point play, and Madrid’s defense held the visitors to a single made basket during more than six minutes before Wohlfarth split free throws. A layup from Ayon broke the 20-point barrier, and Llull’s fastbreak layup made it 66-43. Giffey buried a three for the visitors, but before the end of the quarter, Llull and Rodriguez extended the margin to 70-46.

Fourth quarter: Madrid closes it out

King opened the scoring in the final quarter, and Redding drove for a layup, but Rodriguez fed Slaughter with a behind-the-back pass for the game’s first dunk. Redding and Maciulis traded triples, before Wohlfarth’s put-back dunk. Carroll sank a jumper and Ioannis Bourousis scored inside to make it 83-55. Akpinar hit a triple for ALBA, but Carroll knocked down another one for the hosts, and Nocioni’s fastbreak layup-plus-free throw made it 91-58. As the second were winding down, Martin Seiferth scored a pair of layups for his first-ever Euroleague points.

Andres Nocioni - Real Madrid - EB14
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE)
Attendance: 10682
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid27192423
ALBA Berlin1821716
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid27467093
ALBA Berlin18394662
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIVERS, KC 13:25 7 2/2 1/3     3 3           2   6
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:33 11 1/3 2/4 3/3   2 2 8 2 1     1 2 19
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 16:52 10 1/2 1/2 5/5   4 4   1 1     2 3 13
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 3:51   0/1       1 1 1     1       2
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 16:26 5 0/1 1/2 2/4       2         1 2 4
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:19 8 2/2 0/1 4/4 2 6 8 1 2 1 1   3 6 21
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 21:09 9 2/4 1/4 2/2       3 1     1 1 3 9
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 16:44 10 4/6   2/2 2 4 6     1 3   1 1 16
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 18:58 13 3/4 2/4 1/1 2 2 4     2       1 13
23 LLULL, SERGIO 22:37 12 4/5 0/3 4/5   1 1 5 2 3       4 16
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 13:41 6 1/1   4/4   3 3 2   1     1 2 11
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 15:25 2 1/1       5 5 2   1     2   6
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 93 21/32 8/23 27/30 8 33 41 24 8 11 5 1 14 24 140
        65.6% 34.8% 90%
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 25:43 6 0/5 2/3     3 3     2     2   -1
7 KING, ALEX 26:33 10 2/5 2/6     1 1 1 1 2   1 3    
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 18:00 6 0/2 2/3     1 1 3   2   1 5 1  
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 28:58   0/1 0/2     2 2 3 1 1     3 1  
13 BANIC, MARKO 14:43 5 2/4   1/2 2 2 4 1 1         6 14
15 REDDING, REGGIE 22:06 14 4/7 2/3   1 1 2 1 2 1 1   3 1 13
18 WOHLFARTH, JONAS 20:05 9 4/11   1/2 2   2         2 3 1 -1
20 RENFROE, ALEX 23:20 7 2/3 1/2   1 5 6 5 2 3     1   14
22 SEIFERTH, MARTIN 5:05 4 2/2   0/2   1 1           2 2 3
35 FREESE, JANNIK 15:27 1 0/6   1/4 1 1 2         1 2 2 -7
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 16/46 9/19 3/10 9 18 27 14 7 12 1 5 24 14 37
        34.8% 47.4% 30%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"We played a good game from the beginning. But the second quarter was more difficult for us. It was our worst moment at the court. After halftime, in the third quarter we moved the ball the way we like. I am happy with this victory and glad to be in the quarterfinals."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"There is not much to say. I did not expect much for us. We did not have some players from our starting five and it is very hard to face a team like Real Madrid in this situation."

Players

FERNANDEZ, RUDY
Real Madrid
"ALBA Berlin is a tough team. We played well today. After the first half we were more aggressive and I think that this is because of our attitude. We are in the next round, but it is very important to end the Top 16 in first place. "
CARROLL, JAYCEE
Real Madrid
"The important thing was winning the game. We played an awesome third quarter and if we play this kind of defense, it is going to be very hard to beat us. We are very happy today , we are in the playoffs with four games left . "
BANIC, MARKO
ALBA Berlin
"We did our best. We did not some all our players today for the game and this was bad for us. Madrid is one of the best teams in Europe and whatever happens in the following games we have to be proud with our Euroleague season."