2006-07Regular SeasonRound 2
November 07, 2006 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Real Madrid In a defensive battle between venerable old European foes, Real Madrid used its homecourt advantage to defeat PAOK of Greece 69-45 to join the victory column in Group D. Madrid's record is now 1-1 in the group, while PAOK is now one of five winless teams in the competition, at 0-2. Rebounding and tough defense marked the differences in this game, as Madrid won with a single scorer in double figures, Charles Smith with 13 points. Jerome Allen of PAOK led all scorers with 14 points, while Blagota Sekulic added 10 for the visitors. But that ws it for fireworks. Madrid's 41-26 advantage on the boards was telling, as was interior defense that allowed PAOK only 12-for-31 shooting, or 38.7 percent. Madrid point guard Raul Lopez led his team with 8 rebounds, but three other players had 6: Axel Hervelle, Felipe Reyes and Venson Hamilton, who added 3 blocks. Real also won the battle of the Tomas brothers, as Marko of Madrid scored 6 to younger brother Ivan of PAOK's 2.

Drago Pasalic opened the scoring for the visitors with a basket and a free throw, but Alex Mumbru's shot from downtown made it 3-3. Sekulic answered with 4 straight points in the paint, but then Real picked up the pace to produce 6 quick points that made it 10-9 with three minutes to go in the period. Smith and Sekulic exchanged baskets to even things out at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter. Louis Bullock made a layup and Kerem Tunceri scored from the three-point line as PAOK went scoreless for three minutes, which forced the visitors to call timeout. Nobody could find their way to the basket as the game went scoreless for nearly three minutes, until the Tomas brothers appeared to score a layup for each team, making it 20-15 with less than four minutes to go before halftime. PAOK was lost on offense, as Real Madrid charged ahead with its offensive rebounding to cap a 6-0 run that set things at 26-15. After another timeout, PAOK seemed to regain some strength and Vlado Scepanovic got his first points of the night with a catch-and-shoot three pointer and then Allen stole a ball in the last second of the first half and scored two free throws to make it a 6-point game at halftime (26-20).

Blagota Sekulic - PAOKMumbru shined at the beginning of the second half, displaying his shooting skills from downtown. Smith joined in the party, scoring an uncontested layup to give the locals a 10-point difference. A huge block by Venson Hamilton on Allen symbolized how bad a night PAOK was having on offense, with only 22 points after 25 minutes. The visitors went scoreless for another three minutes, while Smith opened fire from downtown to make it 37-22. Allen tried to get PAOK going with two consecutive three-pointers and a driving layup, helping close the gap to 42-32. Bullock and Scepanovic exchanged long jumpers at the beginning of the last quarter and Lazaros Agadakos scored 4 consecutive points to make it 48-41. However, Real Madrid answered quickly with a 5-0 spurt to set the result at 53-41 with six minutes to go. Then a flagrant foul called on Ioannis Kalampokis gave Madrid the chance to build a safe 14-point lead, that was contested by a never-giving-up Allen, who tried to ignite his teammates with some energetic actions on both sides, getting a steal and scoring a layup on a fastbreak to make it 57-43 with less than four minutes to go. However, Felipe Reyes buried an easy basket as Real Madrid showed a good all-around ballhandling on the offensive side. Another block by Hamilton assured the victory with less than three minutes to go. Things did not move much in the last two minutes, as it was clear that the victory was going to stay in Madrid. In the end, Axel Hervelle gave the crowd the chance to cheer, with a final strike of 5consecutive points to make it a 25-point game at the end – the largest lead of the night.
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 5100
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Real Madrid13131825
PAOK1371411
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Real Madrid13264469
PAOK13203445
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HAMILTON, VENSON 21:45 3 1/4   1/2 3 3 6 1   1 3 1 1 4 10
7 SMITH, CHARLES 22:15 13 2/3 3/7     1 1 2 2 1     2   10
8 MARTIN, JAN 1:30 3   1/1             1         2
9 REYES, FELIPE 24:15 6 3/11     6   6 2 1 3   1 3 1 1
12 VARDA, RATKO 12:00 6 3/6     2   2         1 1   3
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 21:45 7   2/5 1/2   3 3           1 3 8
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 20:30 7 2/3 1/2 0/1 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 9
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 18:15 8 0/1 2/4 2/2       1 4 1       2 11
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD 1:30                              
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 20:15 6 2/5 0/3 2/2   3 3 2   2   1 2 2 2
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 21:45 4 2/2 0/2   1 7 8 4 1 3     2 2 12
33 TOMAS, MARKO 14:15 6 2/3 0/3 2/2   3 3   1 1     4 2 3
Team           1 2 3   1 1         3
Totals 200:00 69 17/38 9/27 8/11 15 26 41 13 11 15 4 5 20 18 74
        44.7% 33.3% 72.7%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
PAOK
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALLEN, JEROME 38:45 14 3/8 2/7 2/3   1 1   2 4   1 1 3 3
5 MANOLOPOULOS, SOTIRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 VERGINIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 34:45 6 0/4 2/6     3 3 2 2 2     2 3 4
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 36:15 10 4/9 0/1 2/2 3 6 9 1 2 1 1 2 2 4 16
9 HARITOPOULOS, DIMITRIOS 7:45                   1     1 2  
10 KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS 27:00 4   0/2 4/4   3 3 5 1 5     4 4 6
11 TOMAS, IVAN 15:30 2 1/2 0/1         1   1   1 2 1 -2
14 AGADAKOS, LAZAROS 21:00 4 2/3 0/2   1   1   1 1 3   4 1 2
15 PASALIC, DRAGO 19:00 5 2/5 0/3 1/2   4 4     2 1   2 2 1
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GALAZOULAS, KAROLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5   1 1         5
Totals 200:00 45 12/31 4/22 9/11 6 20 26 9 9 18 5 4 18 20 35
        38.7% 18.2% 81.8%
Head coach: PILAFIDIS, KONSTANTINOS
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It was not a nice game to watch, but we need to be ready to suffer in games like this one, when you may have a bad run on offense or some bad minutes. I like the way my players showed mental strength to overcome the difficulties we had tonight. However, I expect a very tough game in Greece when we play against PAOK again."
PILAFIDIS, KONSTANTINOS
PAOK
"We had a hard task to do tonight against a good team like Real Madrid. I think we lost our chances mainly because of the poor performance on rebounding and because we had too many turnovers. Sometimes we tried to come back, but our bench was too shallow to respond Real’s, which allowed them to have a good rotation of players. It is clear to me that we have a lot of work to do."

Players

TUNCERI, KEREM
Real Madrid
"When you are not having your best day, the main thing is to focus on defense. We played tough to take this game, and put a lot of energy not to let them get any easy baskets. We know this is going to be a long season and it is important to take games like this one, especially after our first defeat against Den Bosch."
REYES, FELIPE
Real Madrid
"This was a very important victory for us. Even when we did not play our best game, we know some days things cannot come out exactly as you plan them. I am very happy because we could give our fans something to smile about at the end after our first loss in Holland last week."
TOMAS, IVAN
PAOK
"Real Madrid is a very serious team, that is why the good attitude we showed was not enough. If you cannot find good solutions on the offensive side, it is always hard to keep the pace up. The bottom line is Real Madrid was simply better than we were tonight."
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