2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 15, 2018 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Carroll makes Madrid perfect through seven

Real Madrid overcame a tough challenge from Khimki Moscow Region to remain perfect with a 79-74 victory, boosting the reigning champs' record to 7-0. Madrid was in front nearly all the way without being able to establish a truly commanding lead as Khimki battled hard to stay in touch, but a late flurry from Jaycee Carroll proved enough. Carroll paced the hosts with 15 points, followed by Fabien Causeur with 13 points and Facundo Campazzo with 10. Khimki, which was without league-leading scorer Alexey Shved due to illness, was led by 16 points apiece from Tony Crocker and Anthony Gill, the latter of whom made 8 of 9 two point attempts. Malcolm Thomas scored 13 and Jordan Mickey added a double-double of 12 points – all on three-pointers – and 10 rebounds for Khimki, which dropped to 1-6.

Causeur scored the game's first 6 points as Madrid started strong. Gill delivered a trio of well-executed two-pointers, but birthday boy Sergio Llull struck twice from deep and Madrid's defense controlled the remainder of the first quarter, which finished 19-12 despite a late triple from Dee Bost. Campazzo kicked off the second quarter from deep, before Khimki's offense started moving through 5 quick points from Thomas. A couple of close-range finishes from Gustavo Ayon helped extend Madrid's advantage into double figures, but a pair of tough baskets from Andrey Zubkov and Tony Crocker's triple kept the visitors in touch. Two more Thomas baskets helped make it 41-35 at halftime. The third quarter was closely contested as Mickey stepped up with a trio of triples, while Anthony Randolph and Causeur both scored twice for the home team. Khimki continued to rally and briefly moved ahead for the first time, but Gabriel Deck scored the last points of the quarter with an improvised alley-oop layup that made it 56-55. Crocker's three tied the game early in the fourth, but a pair of mid-range strikes from Carroll restored Madrid's lead, before his first three-pointer and then free throws made it 74-64 with three minutes left. Khimki failed to score any field goals for more than four minutes and another Carroll jumper appeared to have sealed the deal. Mickey struck from deep again to keep Khimki hoping, but more free throws from Carroll really did secure the outcome this time.

Carroll starts cold, finishes hot

It took Jaycee Carroll a long time to get himself warmed up in this contest, with the veteran sharpshooter failing to score at all in the first three quarters. But when Khimki opened the final period by going ahead 56-57, Carroll decided it was time to take over. His first points came with a pair of free throws with nine minutes remaining, and from that moment he was almost unstoppable, making 4 of 5 field goal attempts and scoring all six of his free throw attempts, netting 15 points in the final quarter.

Shved loss shrugged off...for a while

You might think that losing the services of a player who has averaged 24.2 points per game would spell the end of Khimki's challenge, but the Muscovites were able to overcome the absence of Alexey Shved to push the reigning champs all the way. In the end, however, Khimki's offensive struggled in crunch time by going more than four minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter, and who knows whether Shved would have made all the difference at that time if he'd been on the floor?

Khimki wins rebounding battle

One reason that Khimki was able to remain competitive was its domination of the rebounding battle, taking 37 boards compared to 29 from Madrid. Jordan Mickey was the main man with 10 rebounds, while Mickey and Anthony Gill both grabbed 4 offensive boards. Khimki ultimately couldn't make enough of those second-chance possessions count, but it kept them hoping.

Next round

Madrid remains at home for an all-Spanish affair with the visit of Herbalife Gran Canaria on Tuesday, while Khimki is back in Moscow a day later to face Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Jaycee Carroll - Real Madrid - EB18
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 8517 (Tentative)
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Real Madrid19221523
Khimki Moscow Region12232019
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Real Madrid19415679
Khimki Moscow Region12355574
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 17:23 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 2 1 3 4         1 4 19
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 18:38 9 2/4 1/6 2/2   6 6 1         1 1 9
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:24 5 1/1 1/5     5 5 4   1     2 1 8
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 18:20 10 1/3 1/1 5/6   1 1 3   4     2 3 8
9 REYES, FELIPE 7:44   0/1     1 1 2 1       1 2 1  
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 16:11 8 4/4       3 3 2   1     1   11
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 19:59 15 3/3 1/3 6/6 1 1 2           2 5 18
22 TAVARES, WALTER 23:25 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3     2 1   1 2 6
23 LLULL, SERGIO 21:48 6 0/2 2/4     2 2 2 1 1     2 1 5
24 DECK, GABRIEL 13:38 7 2/3   3/4   1 1           1 3 8
25 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 1:13   0/1                         -1
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 21:17 1   0/4 1/2   1 1 1   1       2 -1
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 19/32 7/25 20/24 7 27 34 18 1 10 1 1 15 23 95
        59.4% 28% 83.3%
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOST, DEE 29:29 8   2/5 2/2   2 2 6 1       3 2 13
5 CROCKER, TONY 29:16 16 1/3 3/7 5/5   4 4 1         3 2 14
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 7:38                   1     1   -2
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 2:43 1 0/1   1/2         1       2 1 -1
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 27:46 2 1/2 0/3   1 2 3 3 1 1     3 2 3
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GILL, ANTHONY 25:00 16 8/9 0/3   4 1 5 2 1 1     4 4 19
16 YAKUSHIN, TIMOFEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 15:08 4 2/2 0/1 0/1 1 2 3 1   1     2 1 4
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 23:02 2 1/1 0/1     7 7 1         4 1 6
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 18:07 13 5/6 1/4   1 2 3   1 3 1   1 2 12
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 21:51 12 0/7 4/11   4 6 10 1   2   1 1   5
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 74 18/31 10/35 8/10 11 28 39 15 5 11 1 1 24 15 73
        58.1% 28.6% 80%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid

“Khimki are a very solid team, they have players who can play in different positions, and they were able to move the ball on offense and get the rhythm of the game. We played well at the beginning but they came back and it was a tough game. The only focus I have is to continue winning games and playing better as a team. The year is long.”

"The game was conditioned by the absence of Shved. He’s a decisive player and we spent a lot time preparing how to deal with a player who provides practically 50 points for his team. We made a lot of mistakes on offense and defense, and we didn't execute well in a lot of details, but we were patient enough to find Jaycee in positions where we could have an advantage. Jaycee gave us some fresh air and probably his contribution was the most important factor in the victory. Every game is different and the strength of our team is adapting to those situations. Today the positive thing is that we were able to find different answers to usual."

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Very interesting game for both teams. For us, a little bit to adjust to the fact that we played without Shved. We needed to be more solid on defense and patient in offense. I think we have a solid defensive game. It's not easy to force Madrid to score less than 80 points with the amazing talent that they have in every spot. In these 79 points that they made there were two crazy shots, one especially from Carroll and the other one from Rudy. Of course, they have potential and talent to make [them], but the one from Jaycee was really difficult. From our side, we created a lot of open looks. We decided that we can go against Tavares, who is a very tough player to score against, but we decided to play with a lot of pops. Our percentage was really low. Usually we are shooting better and we believe that if we did it better with higher percentage we could have won this game, which is important for us. We are a new team and we need to believe in our job; we need to play with confidence, with faith. I'm sure that with the arrival of Green and Shved's return we can be competitive this year in the EuroLeague."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
“It was good to win, it was not our best game but we take another win at home. We want to win everything this season and become back to back champions of Europe. It won’t be easy, every team wants to beat Real Madrid, but we have a good team and everyone is playing well.”
CAUSEUR, FABIEN
Real Madrid
“I’m happy about the win, it wasn’t our best game but a win is a win. It’s a long journey and we have to get every win that we can. We’ll keep working to get better.”
THOMAS, MALCOLM
Khimki Moscow Region
“They’re really comfortable in their sets, they are the European champions and they executive to perfection. We’ve got to be a bit tougher on defense and the rest will fall into place. Tavares is a big guy so you’ve got to pick your shots wisely, but we missed a lot of open shots. I think it was our best game in EuroLeague so far even though we made some mistakes.”
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