2006-07EighthfinalsRound 1
January 31, 2007 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 MAX SCHMELING HALLE
Louis Bullock - Real Madrid Real Madrid got closer to make it to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals by beating Alba 65-74 in front of an excited sellout crowd at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday. As such, Madrid gets a nine-point lead in the two-way series, which now travel to the Spanish capital for the second and decisive leg in Palacio Vistalegre. Louis Bullock led the winners with 13 points and 6 assists. Raul Lopez added 12 points while Axel Hervelle and Marko Milic each had 11 for Madrid, which led all game, often by double digits. Chris Owens had 21 points and 8 rebounds for Alba. Julius Jenkins added 14 points while Will Avery had 10 for the hosts, who trailed all the way since the opening basket. Lopez and an outstanding Bullock allowed Madrid to get a 43-55 lead late in the third quarter. Avery and Owens fueled an Alba comeback that got the hosts as close as 64-68 with 2 minutes to go, before Lopez and Hervelle combined for 6 points in the final minue to give Madrid an important lead in the series.

Avery and Hervelle started the scoring for their respective teams before Bullock sent a message with 6 points in a row that made it 5-9 for Madrid. Koko Archibong and Sharrod Ford answered inside to make it 8-9, but then Alba's offense started to struggle against Madrid's impressive defense. The hosts would score nothing but a layup by Ford during the last 5 minutes of the first quarter. In the meantime, Hervelle, Milic and Blagota Sekulic found easy baskets and Charles Smith crowned Madrid's great first quarter with a triple good for a 10-20 lead. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca added a basket for Madrid to open the second quarter, before Nicolai Simon finished Alba's drought with his midrange jumper. Avery and Nenad Canak joined him, and with Alba's defense now in ommand, it was Madrid missing shots. Julius Jenkins buried 2 consecutive triples that brought Alba as close as 22-24. As the defenses turned even more physical game, there were no more easy baskets to be had on either end of the court, but Alba suffered from Madrid's incredible 15 offensive rebounds in the first half, which were enough for the guests to reestablish their double-digit advantage, 26-36 at the break.

Julius Jenkins - Alba BerlinAlba came out of intermission with improved effectiveness on the boards and 7 quick points between Jenkins and Owens. Even though Owens remained strong inside, hitting more baskets, Madrid now used fastbreaks and triples by Lopez and Bullock to sustain a big lead, 37-48. Canak hit a rare triple for Alba, but Felipe Reyes, Smith and Lopez with a triple made it 43-55 again. Owens, Ruben Boumtje Boumntje and Jenkins with a fastbreak helped Alba close within 49-57 at the end of three quarters. In the last one, Madrid continued to play cat-and-mouse: Kerem Tunceri hit his first three-pointer to make it 49-62 before Jenkins and Archibong buried their own to get Alba within 5 points, 57-62. Hernandez-Sonseca and Reyes worked inside now to push the difference to 59-68 again. Owens got hot then with 7 consecutive points, including his first triple, for a 64-68 score with less than 2 minutes left. With point difference being the objective more than ever, Lopez hit 4 free throws and passed to Hervelle for a buzzer-beating layup that expanded the Madrid margin to 65-74 at the finish.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Horst Schneider, Berlin
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Referees: REMS, IZTOK; PILIPAUSKAS, KESTUTIS; HERCEG, SINISA
Attendance: 7491
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Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERBER, JOHANNES 10:00   0/1     1   1         1 1   -2
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 OWENS, CHRIS 29:30 21 6/13 1/3 6/6 2 6 8 1 1 4 2 1 2 6 23
9 STANOJEVIC, JOVO 4:30   0/2               1       1 -2
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 30:15 14 1/4 4/7   1 1 2 2   2     5 4 9
13 CANAK, NENAD 14:45 5 1/2 1/4     2 2 2 1 1     4   1
15 SIMON, NICOLAI 9:30 2 1/1               3     1 1 -1
19 FASSLER, OSKAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 35:00 5 1/2 1/1   2   2 2 2 2 1   3 1 7
21 AVERY, WILLIAM 36:15 10 2/6 0/4 6/7 2 1 3 3 1       3 3 8
25 FORD, SHARROD 20:30 6 3/4     3 2 5     1     5 3 7
44 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE, RUBEN 9:45 2 1/1   0/1   1 1             1 3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 65 16/36 7/19 12/14 13 14 27 10 5 14 3 2 24 20 56
        44.4% 36.8% 85.7%
Head coach: RODL, HENRIK
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 NGUEMA, RICHARD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SMITH, CHARLES 20:00 5 1/3 1/7   1 3 4 1   3 1   1   -1
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 12:00 6 3/4       3 3           4 1 5
9 REYES, FELIPE 26:00 9 4/9   1/2 2 2 4     1   2 2 3 5
11 MARTIN, JAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MILIC, MARKO 28:45 11 3/5   5/8 3 3 6 1 2 2     3 4 14
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 15:15 4 1/2   2/2 5   5       1     1 10
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 26:45 11 4/6   3/5 5 1 6 2 2 2   1 3 7 18
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 22:30 3   1/3     2 2 2 1         1 7
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 22:45 13 3/5 2/5 1/2 1 1 2 6   1     4 1 11
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 21:15 12 0/1 2/3 6/6   2 2 3   3     2 5 15
33 TOMAS, MARKO 4:45     0/1                   1   -2
Team           2 3 5             1 6
Totals 200:00 74 19/35 6/19 18/25 19 20 39 15 5 12 2 3 20 24 88
        54.3% 31.6% 72%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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Head Coaches

RODL, HENRIK
Alba Berlin
"In the first half, we had a lot of problems under the basket and with that it is hard to look good against such a strong opponent. Maybe we had too much respect in the beginning. The four-point deficit with one minute to go would have been ideal for us, but unfortunately in the end it is nine points. But nevertheless it is not impossible. We already proved that we are strong on the road."
PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"I knew this was going to be a competitive game. "e began the game pretty serious, but after that we had some trouble with our game and our rebounding. But we managed to keep up our intensity. I know, that Alba can play better in the second game and we have a lot of games the week before. So we will prepare for another competitive game at home."

Players

OWENS, CHRIS
Alba Berlin
"They played great in the first half and with their offensive rebounds hurt us a lot. I don't know what to say about our rebounding in this period. But there are two games and there are two chances. After this loss you can lie down or stand up. We will go to Madrid and fight for our second chance."
LOPEZ, RAUL
Real Madrid
"It was a tough game. These guys played a hard game on both ends of the court. They are big and athletic. But our big guys also are good. Axel Hervelle and Felipe Reyes are very smart on the offensive rebounds. I think the second game will be tough, too, but now we play at home, where we feel more comfortable than on the road."
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