Madrid starts title defense by routing Darussafaka
Reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Real Madrid started its title defense by routing EuroCup champion Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 109-93 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Anthony Randolph led six Madrid scorers in double figures with 16 points. Jaycee Carroll added 14, Sergio Llull, Jeffery Taylor and Fabien Causeur scored 13 each and Edy Tavares got 12 for Madrid. Ray McCallum paced Darussafaka with 18 points, Zanis Peiners and Stanton Kidd each added 12 and Emircan Kosut 10 for the visitors.
Randolph shined early with a triple, a power layup and a jumper in a 9-0 run that gave Madrid an 11-2 lead. Three-pointers by Causeur and Taylor soon caused Darussafaka to call timeout at 17-6. The guests cut their deficit to 25-18 after 10 minutes. Facu Campazzo and Felipe Reyes took over in the second quarter and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Rudy Fernandez boosted Madrid's margin to 53-38 at halftime. Randolph took over after the intermission and helped Madrid break the game open at 69-47. Tavares kept dominating in the paint and a rain of three-pointers - including an incredible one by Llull at the third quarter buzzer - kept Madrid far ahead, 91-69, after 30 minutes. Nothing changed from that moment as Madrid extended its margin to 101-75 and cruised to a very convincing win.
On a day in which Madrid hit 15 three-point shots, a big man made the difference in the paint. Edy Tavares had 12 points and missed just one shot. He added 6 rebounds, had 2 blocks and intimidated everyone around him to get an index rating of 16 in less than 20 minutes.
Three-point shots made the difference in this game. Madrid made 15 of 34 (44.1%) while limiting Darussafaka to 8 of 23 (34.8%). On a night in which both teams shot well inside the arc (Madrid 63.2%, Darussafaka 66.7%), outside shooting was critical.
With a tired Ognjen Kuzmic struggling to intimidate in the paint, Darussafaka got within 46-36 late in the first half. Tavares came back, followed free throws with a layup and then blocked a shot that allowed Fernandez to beat the halftime buzzer with a big three-pointer for a 53-38 margin at halftime and full control of the game for good.
Did you notice?
Madrid had its seventh-best scoring night in competition history with 109 points. It hadn't scored that many points since downing Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 115-94 on November 5, 2014.
Darussafaka plays its home opener against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica on Tuesday. It is a rematch of last season's 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals, which Darussafaka swept. A day later, Madrid visits AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Those teams faced each other in the 1967 European Cup Final, which Madrid won 91-83.
Thursday, October 11, 2018