2008-09Regular SeasonRound 7
December 11, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Marko Tomas - Real MadridReal Madrid survived a tough battle and took a crucial step to reach the Top 16 in Group D by edging Partizan 68-67 in the Spanish capital on Thursday night. Madrid is now second in Group D with a 4-3 record. Meanwhile, Partizan joins a three-way tie for the third place with Efes Pilsen and Panionios On Telecoms, all at 3-4. Marko Tomas became the game hero with hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds. Felipe Reyes led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Tomas added 10 points for Madrid. Uros Tripkovic led Partizan with 22 points on 6-for-8 three-pointers. Novica Velickovic added 10 for the guests, that trailed 31-13 midway through the second quarter. Velickovic, Petar Bozic and an outstanding Tripkovic allowed Partizan to rally in the second half and get a 54-55 midway through the fourth quarter. Velickovic, Milenko Tepic and Tripkovic struck from downtown in the final minute to give Partizan a 65-67 edge with 44 seconds to go. Tomas answered from downtown while Raul Lopez collected a key steal to make Madrid register a key win.

Jan Vesely got Partizan going with a put-back layup that Reyes erased with a jumper. Partizan tried a big lineup with Vesely at small forward playing alongside Stephane Lasme and Slavko Vranes. Tomas scored in penetration while Jeremiah Massey added a layup for a 6-2 Madrid lead. Lasme sank free throws that Reyes bettered that with a three-point play. Partizan struggled to score and tried to add more fire power with Velickovic at power forward. Pepe Sanchez shined with a behind-the-back assist to Reyes while free throws by Tomas gave Madrid its first double-digit margin, 14-4. Partizan called timeout to adjust its offense, as the guests went scoreless for 4 minutes until Lasme sank a free throw. Sanchez answered from downtown while Louis Bullock capped a 14-1 Madrid run with foul shots. Velickovic stepped up with a fast break layup that Vesely followed with a six-meter jumper. Reyes took over with a put-back basket while Bulock gave Madrid a 15-point lead, 24-9, after 10 minutes.

Uros Tripkovic - PartizanPartizan kept struggling to score early in the second quarter while a fast break layup by Alex Mumbru gave Madrid a 26-9 lead. Vranes tried to ignit the guests' comeback with a dunk but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Lopez fired in a corner three-pointer to break the game open, 29-11. Partizan tried to play more aggressive and attack the basket, as Strahinja Milosevic shined with a second-chance layup. Mumbru buried a jumper but Tripkovic nailed a triple to get the guests within 31-16. Milosevic and Lasme made free throws but Madrid still kept a safe lead at 32-19. Sergio Llull beat the guests' zone defense with a corner three-pointer. Tripkovic answered from downtown off a Partizan timeout, as the guests improved their defense late in this quarter. Sanchez hit a foul shot while a power layup by Zarko Rakocevic got Partizan within 36-24 as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Velickovic made free throws right after the break that Axel Hervelle matched with an acrobatic layup. Madrid tried to play more physical now with Quinton Hosley, Reyes and Hervelle together on court. Lasme provided a highlight with a wild three-point play that got Partizan within single digits, 38-29. Hosley folowed a free throw with a triple from the top of the key to give Madrid some fresh air at 42-29. Tripkovic answered from downtown, as the game turned into a physical battle. Hosley took over with a put-back basket but Milosevic followed free throws with a corner triple to keep the guests within 45-37. Massey steped up with a power layup but free throws by Tripkovic and Bozic brought Partizan back to life, 47-41. Tripkovic took over with another three-pointer but Sanchez immediately answered from downtown for a 50-44 score. Tripkovic and Bullock traded free throws while Bozic buried a triple to keep the guests within 52-49 after 30 minutes.

Madrid improved its defense early in the fourth quarter but kept committing turnovers. Both teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Tripkovic nailed his fourth three-pointer to tie the game, 52-52. Madrid could not find the way to the basket, missing 6 consecutive shots until Massey made free throws. Tripkovic stroke again from downtown to give Partizan its first lead since the opening basket, 54-55. Reyes and Tomas rescued Madrid with more foul shots for a 59-55 margin with 3:30 remaining. Velickovic fired in a key three-pointer and Tepic copied him soon after that to restore a 59-60 Partizan edge with 2 minutes to go. Lopez joined the three-point shootout but Velickovic answered with an eight-meter bomb for a 62-64 score. Reyes was fouled twice and made 3-for-4 free throws but Tripkovic buried another triple for a 65-67 score with 44 seconds remaining. Tomas answered from downtown while Lopez collected a key steal in Partizan's final possession to make Madrid seal the incredible, thrilling win.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS; RYZHYK, BORYS; LEFWERTH, OSCAR
Attendance: 6100
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 19:27 7   2/3 1/2   1 1 3 1 1     2 5 12
8 PEREZ, JAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 REYES, FELIPE 28:37 15 4/9   7/13 2 7 9 2 4 1   1 3 8 22
14 HOSLEY, QUINTON 8:55 7 1/2 1/1 2/4 1   1   1 1   2 2 4 5
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 14:57 4 2/3 0/2     3 3 1   3     2    
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 20:22 3 1/1   1/2   2 2 1 2   2   3 2 8
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 26:30 7 2/7 0/2 3/6 2 4 6 1   1 1 2 2 3 3
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 20:58 6 1/1 0/4 4/4   1 1 1     1 2 2 5 6
23 LLULL, SERGIO 20:20 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1 1       2   2
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 20:33 6 0/2 2/4   1 1 2 2 1 2   1   2 6
33 TOMAS, MARKO 19:21 10 1/3 1/3 5/5 1 1 2 1         2 4 11
43 HAMILTON, VENSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 68 12/29 7/21 23/36 9 22 31 13 10 9 4 8 20 33 78
        41.4% 33.3% 63.9%
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
Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 26:29 6 0/4 2/3   1 2 3 5   3     4 3 5
8 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 16:07 9 1/2 1/1 4/4 2 1 3 1     1 1 2 3 13
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 13:53     0/3           1 2     2   -6
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 27:59 22 0/1 6/8 4/5   3 3 4   2       5 28
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 26:32 10 1/2 2/4 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 3   1 4 1 6
13 LASME, STEPHANE 25:05 7 1/7 0/1 5/7 1 4 5   2 3 5 1 5 6 7
14 ALEKSIC, VUKASIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 VITKOVAC, CEDOMIR 2:32     0/1     2 2     1     1   -1
20 BOZIC, PETAR 15:55 5   1/5 2/2   2 2 2     1   4 2 4
22 RAKOCEVIC, ZARKO 18:00 2 1/2       4 4         1 4    
24 VESELY, JAN 14:16 4 2/3 0/1   1 2 3     1 1   5    
33 VRANES, SLAVKO 13:12 2 1/2       3 3     2     2    
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 67 7/23 12/27 17/20 8 26 34 13 4 17 8 4 33 20 58
        30.4% 44.4% 85%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"First of all, and before anything else, we won the game against a team that lost three Euroleague games by just 1 point. Partizan has not lost a game by more than 5-6 points and two weeks ago against CSKA it had three shots to win the game. I think that our main mistake was missing too many free throws, but I must admit that they shot in an unbelievable way, sometimes because of our bad defense. It is not the first time that we lost a big lead and this is something that keeps us worried. Our zone defense worked well, even when they made some three-pointers, but in the end we managed to play good defense on their final offense."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"First of all, I must congratulate Real Madrid for its win tonight. I cannot be happy about the way we played in the first half, but we did well after the break because we managed to play more aggressive. We played with heart and reached a situation in which we could have won, but we made some major mistakes down the stretch. First of all, we left Tomas open, even though it was an eight-meter shot. Then Lasme picked up his fifth foul, and the biggest mistake is that we were not able to organize our last offense with 17 seconds to go. Considering how young my team is and its lack of experience, I cannot be unhappy, because my team showed its talent and character, especially in the second half. Hopefully all these 1-point losses will be given back to us in the near future."

Players

TOMAS, MARKO
Real Madrid
"I am very happy with this win because it opens the Top 16 door for us. It was a difficult game, very complicated, because Partizan shot really well from three-point range. At some point it looked that they would only make three-pointers and free throws. As for my game-winning basket, I wasn't afraid when I received the ball because I was open and not afraid of taking the shot. Shooting was the logical decision and I am happy I hit it."
TRIPKOVIC, UROS
Partizan
"We started the game with too much fear, respecting Real Madrid more than it deserved. That translated into a 12-point halftime deficit. We managed to match their tough game in the same way after the break, improved our aggressiveness and were about to register the most important Euroleague win this season. We ran out of luck in the final offense. I had the feeling that I would make the last shot if I got the ball, but it didn't get to me. Everything is up for grabs and I hope we can make it to the Top 16."
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