Top 16 Round 1 - January 28, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALACIO VISTALEGRE

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
6-4 Overall 9-1

Referees

Crew Chief
KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS, Greece
Referee
SUTULOVIC, ZORAN, Montenegro
Umpire
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.0 Points 81.3
32.1 Rebounds 35.9
11.8 O. Rebounds 8.6
20.3 D. Rebounds 27.3
13.2 Assists 15.5
7.6 Steals 7.6
2.0 Blocks 4.1
13.1 Turnovers 12.4
53.2 % 2PT 56.2 %
31.8 % 3PT 38.3 %
72.4 % FT 78.4 %
78.6 Index 97.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.0 / Reyes Points 13.6 / Navarro
6.1 / Reyes Rebounds 7.1 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
1.9 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH OR 1.8 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
4.3 / Reyes DR 5.3 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
2.9 / Lopez Assists 3.8 / Navarro
1.0 / Hosley Steals 1.4 / Basile
0.6 / Hosley Blocks 1.5 / Vazquez
1.8 / Mumbru Turnovers 2.3 / Navarro
77.8 % / Llull 2PT 93.3 % / Barton
66.7 % / SANCHEZ, PEPE 3PT 53.8 % / Lakovic
94.1 % / BULLOCK, LOUIS FT 100.0 % / BARRETT, ANDRE
15.4 / Reyes Index 12.9 / Andersen

THE TAKE

The Spanish League superclassic will take center stage on Wednesday when Real Madrid hosts archrival Regal FC Barcelona in both teams' Top 16 Group F opener. These two teams have faced each other 76 times in Spanish League history, as well as 12 times in European club competitions, including the 1996 Euroleague semifinal and the 2006 Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs. Regal FCB has been unstoppable so far this season, entering the Top 16 with the best regular season record (9-1) in the entire competition. Madrid was second in regular season Group D right behind reigning Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow. Madrid is facing severe injury problems at point guard, as Pepe Sanchez missed last weekend's Spanish League game due to back spasms, while Raul Lopez was also sidelined because of a leg injury. Sanchez is expected to be back and face his former team, but Lopez is questionable. If Lopez remains sidelined, expect Sanchez and Sergio Llull to share the point guard duties for Madrid against athletic playmaker Victor Sada, shooting ace Jaka Lakovic and Andre Barrett. Both teams are deep at the wings, as Barcelona has a battery of shooters including two-time All-Euroleague guard Juan Carlos Navarro, Gianluca Basile and Lakovic to go along defensive ace Roger Grimau and small forward Lubos Barton. Navarro will be involved in a big matchup against Louis Bullock, who has been in great shape lately. Basile and Grimau are set to battle Marko Tomas and Alex Mumbru. Meanwhile, Barton has a tough matchup against Quinton Hosley, who must take advantage of his jumping skills and athleticism in this game. Barcelona will be concerned with stopping star power forward Felipe Reyes, but has the right man to do so in Euroleague October MVP Ersan Ilyasova. Reyes leads a very balanced Madrid frontcourt that also offers versatile forward Axel Hervelle, athletic big man Jeremiah Massey and defensive center Tomas Van den Spiegel. Massey must use his athleticism and aggressiveness against Fran Vazquez, while Hervelle and Van den Spiegel are ready for a big matchup against Daniel Santiago and David Andersen. Van den Spiegel and Andersen played together in CSKA, leading the team to the Euroleague title last season, so both know each other very well. Madrid must get Bullock involved and feed Massey and Reyes down low, as well as using Van den Spiegel to stop Andersen, who shined against the Whites in a Spanish League game in late December. Meanwhile, Barcelona must run the floor and use its dynamic frontcourt to lock up the defensive rebounds. This classic matchup is never a dull and promises to deliver 40 minutes of action as both teams look to start the Top 16 on the right foot.

GAME NOTES

Real Madrid
  • Real Madrid head coach Joan Plaza has made use of his team’s depth by starting 13 different players in games this season. The team’s reserves have outscored its starters in each of the last three games.
  • Big man Felipe Reyes needs 5 more steals to reach 100 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Playmaker Pepe Sanchez played for Barcelona last season under current head coach Xavi Pascual and alongside half of the current roster.
Regal FC Barcelona
  • Regal FC Barcelona is riding a seven-game winning streak.
  • Barça has won nine consecutive home games dating back to the end of the regular season last year.
  • Guard Juan Carlos Navarro is 5 free throws away from reaching 400 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It is a very important game for us, so it will be fundamental to have the support of our fans for this duel. We start the Top 16 at home and we have to try to do that with a win, and all the help we can get from the stands will be unvaluable to us. We keep on growing as a team and in the Spanish League we get closer and closer to the dominating teams like Regal FC Barcelona, who with the playing level it is offering right now can be considered favorite in this game. We trust our possibilities and we know we have the potential to face them, play a serious game and fight for the win."
PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"Madrid is playing well now. They will certainly use the importance of this and the next games to turn around a season that everyone says, although I disagree, is not going well for them. It will be a real showdown against a great roster and a very good team that knows what we're both playing for and will cause us all the difficulties in the world, I am sure. We'll have to prove capable of not losing a handle on the game when they show their aggressiveness on defense. At the same time, we'll have to control the defensive boards because they have a lot of options in their offense to get offensive rebounds. They're ability to generate danger in the low post is very strong, where they have guys like Felipe (Reyes), (Alex) Mumbru, (Quinton) Hosley and (Jeremiah) Massey. Finally, we'll have to be careful to avoid them hitting three-pointers in streaks. We'll have to be mentally strong."

Players

LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"Regal FC Barcelona has a complete team, with outside players who can produce a lot of points, especially Juan Carlos Navarro, and frontcourt big players who play physical and mobile. For us it will be the most important game of the season so far and we do not take our first encounter in the Spanish League as a referent. Since that day we have improved a lot as a team and we have to go for even more. We trust our ablilities, and even more so when we play at home, as we expect to see Palacio Vistalegre packed like always in the big appointments."
Sergio Llull - Real MadridReal Madrid took the Euroleague Top 16 version of the Spanish superclassic by edging archrivals Regal FC Barcelona 85-83 in front of 12,500 fans at Palacio Vistalegre in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Madrid was the first team to record a win in Top 16 Group F, as Maccabi Electra hosts Alba Berlin tomorrow. Madrid faces Alba in Berlin next week while Regal FCB welcomes Maccabi. Louis Bullock and Sergio Llull led the winners each with 18 points. Felipe Reyes added 15 for Madrid. Juan Carlos Navarro had 21 points for Barcelona while Fran Vazquez added 16 for the guests. Daniel Santiago and Navarro fueled a 3-15 run that helped Barcelona to quick an early 12-point lead, 5-17. Madrid got within 19-26 after 10 minutes and even closer, 38-41, near halftime. Navarro and Vazquez allowed Barcelona to keep a 40-45 edge at halftime. A fast break layup by Lakovic boosted the guests' lead to 62-72 with 8 minutes to go. Madrid found a go-to guy in Llull, that ignited a 9-0 run that brought Madrid back in the game and soon added the go-ahead three-pointer for a 81-78 margin with 1:13 remaining. Free throws by Bullock and a couple of tactical fouls sealed the outcome.

Juan Carlos Navarro - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FCB opted for a lightning quick starting five with Lakovic, Navarro and Gianluca Basile together on court. Lakovic got the guests going with free throws that Reyes matched with a mid-range jumper. Santiago shined with a followup layup, as Barcelona excelled in defense now. Meanwhile, a running 'bomba' by Navarro and a tip-in by Santiago gave their team a 2-8 margin. Bullock rescued Madrid with one from downtown but free throws by Ersan Ilyasova and another 'bomba' by Navarro made the hosts call timeout at 5-12. Basile nailed a triple while a dominant Santiago dunked it to cap a 0-9 Barcelona run. Jeremiah Massey tried to change things with a tip-in that Bullock followed with a driving layup for a 9-17 Madrid deficit. Lubos Barton and David Andersen silenced the crowd with consecutive triples but Axel Hervelle answered from downtown to keep the hosts within 14-23. Tomas Van den Spiegel dunked it but a free throw by Navarro and a wild put-back slam by Vazquez made it a double-digit game, 16-26. Alex Mumbru nailed a seven-meter, buzzer-beating bomb to get Madrid within 19-26 after 10 minutes.

Roger Grimau stepped up with a layup right at the start of the second quarter but Hervelle and Marko Tomas immediately answered with free throws. Madrid had improved its aggressivity, especially in offense. Grimau kept pacing Barcelona with foul shots that Tomas bettered with a three-point play to bring Madrid back to life, 26-30. Vazquez shined with a jump hook while Raul Lopez and Andersen traded free throws for a 28-34 score. Lopez provided a highlight with a wild turnaround jumper but Navarro answered from downtown to restore a six-point Barcelona lead, 30-36. Bullock took over with a second-chance layup as Barcelona kept dominating the offensive board. Navarro hit another triple that Barton followed with a fast break basket to make Madrid stop the game at 32-41. Reyes scored in the paint and soon added free throws in a 6-0 run that Lopez capped with a fast break layup. Navarro made free throws off a Barcelona timeout that Bullock answered in the same way for a 40-43 Madrid deficit. Vazquez scored down low to fix the halftime score at 40-45.

Felipe Reyes - Real MadridLopez scored in penetration right after the break but Navarro matched that with free throws. Madrid managed to get Reyes involved but Vazquez provided a highlight with an incredible alleyoop dunk. Vazquez slammed it again but a big basket by Mumbru gave the hosts some fresh air at 46-51. Vazquez kept pacing Barcelona with an alleyoop layup while free throws by Victor Sada made it a nine-point game, 46-55. Madrid tried to attack the basket and Llull shined with a coast-to-coast layup to get the crowd involved. Reyes took over with a three-point play while a dunk by Quinton Hosley made Barcelona call timeout at 53-55. Andersen and Grimau sank free throws, as Barcelona tried to slow down the game tempo. Madrid asked for a timeout and both teams switched to respective 2-3 zone defenses. Llull scored again in transition but Basile improved that with a three-pointer, good for a 55-61 Barcelona edge. Llull took over with another driving basket and Massey added a layup to get the hosts within 59-61. Lakovic nailed a triple to fix the score at 59-64 after three quarters,

Ilyasova sank one from downtown early in the fourth period but a long two-pointer by Bullock kept Madrid within 61-67. Navarro joined the three-point shootout while a fast break layup by Lakovic made the guests restore a double-digit lead, 62-72. Llull followed a three-pointer with a fast break dunk while Massey added a breakaway slam for a 69-72 Madrid deficit with 6 minutes to go. Reyes scored in the low post off a Barcelona timeout to cap a 9-0 run. Vazquez nailed a baseline jumper that Reyes erased with a power layup. Navarro and Bullock traded free throws while Basile shined with his trademark reverse layup for a 75-78 Barcelona edge with 2 minutes remaining. Bullock tied the game with a three-pointer off the dribble and Llull also struck from downtown to complete the hosts' comeback, 81-78, with 1:13 to go. Vazquez hit a fallaway jumper that Llull erased with free throws for a 83-80 score with 17 seconds to go. Navarro and Bullock exchanged free throws and Madrid opted to foul on Basile with 2.4 seconds remaining. He made the first, missed the second on purpose but Andersen stepped into the paint before the shot, allowing 12,500 fans at Palacio Vistalegre to celebrate a major Top 16 win!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 12500
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Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 REYES, FELIPE 24:35 15 5/9   5/5 2 4 6 1 2 4     4 6 18
12 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 17:09 2 1/2   0/2 1 1 2 1         1 2 3
14 HOSLEY, QUINTON 15:28 2 1/2 0/1   1 2 3     1       1 3
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 13:15 5 1/2 1/1           1 2     2 1 2
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 6:31 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   1 1     2   1 4 1 -1
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 31:39 6 3/6     1 4 5   2 1     2 1 8
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 30:50 18 3/6 2/4 6/6       2 1 2   2 5 3 10
23 LLULL, SERGIO 27:25 18 5/7 2/3 2/2   2 2 3 3   1   2 2 24
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 15:00 8 3/5 0/2 2/2   2 2 2 1 3     2 2 6
33 TOMAS, MARKO 18:08 6 1/1 0/1 4/5   2 2 2 3 2     3 3 9
43 HAMILTON, VENSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 85 23/41 6/13 21/24 6 21 27 11 13 17 1 3 25 22 86
56.1% 46.2% 87.5%
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
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 25:24 9 1/2 2/2 1/2   1 1 4   2     4 3 9
6 BARRETT, ANDRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 TRIAS, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BARTON, LUBOS 13:54 5 1/1 1/2   1 1 2 1           1 8
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 18:56 7 1/1 1/4 2/2   1 1 2 2 1     1 2 9
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 29:59 21 3/9 2/4 9/10 1 4 5 4 4 4   1 1 8 27
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 28:01 7 0/5 1/3 4/4 1 2 3 1 1 2 1   2 5 7
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 22:11 16 8/8   0/1 1 4 5       2   3 1 20
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 17:13 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 1 4 5   1 2     2 1 4
24 SADA, VICTOR 21:04 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 1   1 4   3     3 1 -2
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 12:35 6 3/3   0/2 2 1 3   1 1     3 1 5
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 10:43 5 1/1   3/4           1     3 2 2
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 83 18/33 8/21 23/29 10 19 29 16 9 16 3 1 22 25 92
54.5% 38.1% 79.3%
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"First of all, I want to thank our fans for their support. I want to dedicate this win to them. We grew as a team with their support and they helped us to increase our playing level in recent games. We must try to win all of our remaining games and play the way we did in the second half. We are very happy with our second half, which allowed us to get back in the game. We did really well in defense and rebounding. Our next goal in this group is to beat Alba in Berlin."
PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"First of all, congratulations to Real Madrid for this win. I am a bit hurt because we were not able to win the game. We didn't take advantage of the lead we had early in the fourth quarter. I believe that the key to our loss was 2 critical steals by Llull and Massey midway through that period. We also missed some key three-point shots. We must keep working hard and think about winning our next Euroleague game against Maccabi Electra."

Players

BULLOCK, LOUIS
Real Madrid
”It was a great game, like every 'clasico' between two great teams like Madrid and Barcelona. We fought hard all 40 minutes long. I like these kinds of games, especially when the outcome is decided in the final minutes. The most important thing in this group is winning all three home games and trying to steal a road win. That will be the key to this Top 16 group, but we must take one game at a time.”
LLULL, SERGIO
Real Madrid
“I am very thankful to everybody, especially to all fans at Palacio Vistalegre. I think that our fans were one of the biggest keys to this game. Another strong point was locking the defensive boards and improving our defense in the second half, which allowed us to return to the game. It was very important to beat Barcelona, one of our toughest opponent in this Top 16 group. Personally, I had a good game, but it is more important that the entire team played well. I appreciated most that the team won the game."
NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
Regal FC Barcelona
”It is a shame because we controlled the game most of the way. Our many turnovers in the final minutes killed us in the end. We lacked control of the game in those moments, especially in some key possessions in which we should have controlled the game tempo. We have to learn from this loss and try to win all of our home games. We must keep what we did well tonight, because we didn't play a bad game.”
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