2005-06PlayoffsGame 2
April 06, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Real Madrid kept its Quarterfinals Playoff series and Final Four chances alive by beating archrivals Winterthur FC Barcelona 84-78 at home on Thursday. The best-of-three series is now tied at 1-1, but Barcelona will host decisive Game 3 in a do-or-die showdown next Thursday for a ticket to the Final Four in Prague. Axel Hervelle had 13 points in the final period, in which Madrid rallied from a five-point deficit to win the game. Venson Hamilton led the winners with 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting, Hervelle added 20 while Louis Bullock had 18 on 4 of 4 triples for Madrid. Juan Carlos Navarro, who had been scoreless in Game 1, led Barcelona with 21 points on 4 of 5 three-pointers. Gianluca Basile added 15 for the guests. Basile led Barcelona to a 56-61 edge with 9 minutes to go, but Hervelle and Hamilton shined in a game-breaking 21-7 run which allowed the hosts to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer and tie the series.

Hamilton started strong for Madrid, sandwiching a pair of shots around a three-point basket-plus-free throw by Gregor Fucka of Barcelona. Bullock made the Madrid lead 6-3 before Basile blasted his first attempt and Bootsy Thornton downed a triple from the corner for Barcelona's first advantage, 6-8. It didn't last, however, as Bullock drilled the next shot from the arc. Back and forth the lead went, with Basile making his patented turnaround off a screen, Hamilton scoring 4 points off a steal and free throws, the Basile doing it again and watching Shammond Williams bury a triple to put Barcelona up 13-15. Alex Scales tied for Madrid before Hervelle got into the act by canning his first three-pointer. Basile and he then traded free throws before Scales his a last one from the line to leave Madrid holding a 21-17 edge after a quarter.

Barcelona came back to the floor with a different attitude, as Jordi Trias scored around the basket and then fed Kakiouzis for another layup, good for a 21-21 tie. Axel Hervelle came to the rescue with a put-back layup but Barcelona had gained the momentum. Juan Carlos Navarro ran the length of the court to score off a steal, his first points in the series, then he found Rodrigo De La Fuente for a layup which put the guests in charge, 23-25. Barcelona kept its outstanding man-to-man defense which led the team to win Game 1, but Madrid failed to have answers for a while until it found a go-to guy in Hamilton. He followed a free throw with a basket-plus-foul to give the hosts a 27-25 edge. Navarro woke up with a corner three, and even when Bullock copied him in the other end, once again Navarro fired in one from the arc for a 30-31 Barcelona lead. Both teams went scoreless for almost 2 minutes until Denis Marconato scored in the paint. Mickael Gelabale fired up the crowd with a dunk which Gregor Fucka erased with a jump hook. Reyes and Ed Cota exchanged free throws to keep Barcelona ahead, 34-37, at halftime.

Hamilton got Real Madrid going right after the break with a two-handed dunk which Navarro erased with free throws to keep Barcelona in charge, 36-39. Real Madrid tried to look for Gelabale, who was guarded by Navarro, but Barcelona stayed aggressive in the defensive board. Even with that, Bullock fired in a running triple which De La Fuente matched with his own shot from downtown. Rakocevic joined the three-point festival for a 42-42 tie, as Madrid kept powering the boards. Bullock grabbed an offensive board and hit free throws before returning to the bench. Williams stepped up with a seven-meter triple but Hamilton scored again to give Madrid a 46-45 edge midway through this period. Trias canned a jumper which Axel Scales matched with a reverse layup before Basile decided to take over. He buried a big triple, added a jumper and hit a free throw in a 0-6 run in which he had all points. Rakocevic broke the hosts' scoring draught with a floating layup while Bullock nailed a triple off a Madrid timeout. Fucka shined with a four-meter jumper to keep Barcelona ahead, 53-57, at the end of an intense third quarter.

Hervelle stepped up with a basket-plus-foul early in the final period but a free throw by Marconato and a three-pointer by Bootsy Thornton gave the guests a 56-61 edge. Hervelle kept pacing Madrid with a mid-range jumper which he followed with a critical triple from the left wing, forcing Barcelona to call timeout at 61-61. Thornton beat the shot clock with a bomb from downtown in front of two defenders but Hervelle - who else? - matched it with a three-point play, igniting a 8-0 run which Gelabale capped with one from the arc to make Barcelona call timeout at 69-64. The guests lacked concentration in both ends now, as Madrid kept powering the boards to stay ahead. Hervelle shined again with a put-back reverse layup while Rakocevic beat the shot clock with a power layup for a 73-67 Madrid lead. Williams tried to wake Barcelona up but Bullock stepped up with a floating layup while Hamilton scored around the basket to seal the win, 77-68, with under 3 minutes to go. Nothing changed in the remaining minutes, as Real Madrid cruised to a well-deserved win.
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), SAINT AUBERT, FABRICE (FRA)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HAMILTON, VENSON 30:30 22 9/12   4/5 5 2 7 2 1 1     3 4 28
5 SONKO, MOUSTAPHA 11:45   0/1 0/2     1 1 1   1         -2
6 FISHER, JOSH 4:30     0/2                       -2
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 27:00 8 2/6 1/4 1/2 1 4 5 3   2     2 3 7
9 REYES, FELIPE 22:45 2 0/3   2/2 1 1 2 3         5 3 2
13 GARCIA, HECTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 27:15 7 2/4 1/2   1 5 6 2 2       2 1 13
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 3:30   0/1       1 1           1   -1
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 21:00 20 5/8 2/4 4/4 4 1 5 1 1       5 4 21
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 29:30 18 2/7 4/4 2/2 2   2 2 1 3   1 4 3 13
25 SCALES, ALEX 22:15 7 2/3 0/5 3/4 3 2 5 2   1     4 3 5
Team           2 1 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 84 22/45 8/23 16/19 19 18 37 16 6 8 0 1 26 21 88
        48.9% 34.8% 84.2%
Head coach: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
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
Winterthur FC Barcelona
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# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 26:15 15 3/4 2/4 3/4 1 1 2 1 1 1     1 3 16
7 FUCKA, GREGOR 17:30 7 3/4   1/1 1 5 6 1   1     3 3 12
8 TRIAS, JORDI 15:30 4 2/2   0/2   2 2 2   2     2 2 4
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 27:15 5 1/5   3/4   1 1 2     1   1 5 8
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 27:00 6 1/1 1/2 1/2 2 2 4 5   1     2 4 14
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 22:45 21 1/5 4/5 7/8   1 1 3 2 2     3 5 21
12 COTA, ED 13:15 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 3 1 2     1 3 4
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 15:30 5 1/1 1/1     2 2               7
15 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 17:00 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 1   1 1 1       4 1 1
21 THORNTON, BOOTSY 16:15 9   3/4             2     2   4
33 GASOL, MARC 1:45                         2   -2
44 GRIMAU, ROGER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 78 13/26 11/19 19/25 5 16 21 18 5 11 1 0 21 26 90
        50% 57.9% 76%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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