Taylor shines, Real beats Fenerbahce
In a battle of Turkish Airlines EuroLeague giants, Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 81-77 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Jeffery Taylor led the winners with 19 points and only 1 missed shot. Anthony Randolph had 15 points, Facu Campazzo added 14 plus 8 assists and Rudy Fernandez scored 10 for Real. Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce with 22 points, Derrick Williams added 19 plus 10 rebounds and Nikola Kalinic scored 13 points for the guests. It was a back-and-forth battle; The hosts led 19-4 early, but Fenerbahce rallied late in the first half and took the lead, 43-44, soon after the break. An 11-0 run helped Real to a 64-55 margin at the end of the third quarter. A jumper by Kostas Sloukas tied the game, 73-73, but Taylor made the difference down the stretch.
Ahmet Duverioglu got Fenerbahce going with a layup that Randolph bettered with a three-pointer for a 3-2 Real lead. Taylor followed consecutive layups with a triple, getting help from Edy Tavares and Campazzo to make it a double-digit game, 14-4. A red-hot Taylor struck again from downtown and dunked off a steal before Fenerbahce called its second timeout in 43 seconds. Vladimir Stimac sank a jumper and a couple of free throws and three-pointers by De Colo and Melih Mahmutoglou gave Fenerbahce hope at 26-17. Sergio Llull and Tavares helped Real keep a 30-21 lead after 10 minutes. Dunks by Jordan Mickey and Randolph restored a 34-23 Real lead early in the second quarter. Williams stepped up for Fenerbahce with a three-pointer and a power layup and De Colo scored again to bring the guests within 35-33. De Colo and Williams kept pacing Fenerbahce, but Fernandez rescued Real with 4 quick points, Mickey added a jumper and Gabriel Deck scored in the low post to keep the hosts ahead, 43-42, at halftime. A jumper by Mahmutoglou completed Fenerbahce's comeback, 43-44, immediately after the break. Real needed a go-to guy and found one in Randolph, who stepped up with a tip-in and a couple of three-pointers in an 11-0 run that established a 54-44 lead. Mahmutoglou and Williams tried to change things for the visitors, but Taylor and Campazzo each sank one from beyond the arc to keep Los Blancos comfortably ahead, 64-55, after 30 minutes. Campazzo insisted from downtown early in the fourth quarter and soon added a layup for a 69-57 Real margin. De Colo and Williams scored around the basket and Kalinic added a three-pointer to give Fenerbahce hope at 73-68 with over 4 minutes left. Williams also struck from beyond the arc and a jumper by Sloukas tied it at 73-73. Taylor scored down low and once Campazzo and De Colo traded free throws, Taylor scored again for a 79-75 Real edge with a minute left. A layup by Deck sealed the outcome in the final seconds.
Jeffery Taylor scored three times in double digits in the entire 2018-19 EuroLeague regular season. He made the difference on this night, getting 12 of his 19 points in an opening 19-4 run. He scored a couple of layups around the basket in the final minutes to make sure Los Blancos cruised to a big win.
Fenerbahce rallied from a 15-point deficit to take the lead, 43-44, right after the break. Madrid improved its defense and found a scoring reference in Anthony Randolph, who had 8 points, including two bombs from downtown, in an 11-0 run that gave Real the lead for good, 54-44.
Real Madrid took better care of the ball and that was shown in the stats. It finished the game with 23 assists, 10 steals and 14 turnovers, beating its opponent in these three categories - Fenerbahce had 12 assists, 5 steals and 15 turnovers,
Did you notice?
Madrid won its EuroLeague home opener for the 14th consecutive season. Its last loss in a EuroLeague home opener came against Cibona VIP Zagreb, 69-70, on November 4, 2004. Andrija Zizic led Cibona with 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds remaining. Louis Bullock led Madrid that night with 15 points.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action next week - on Thursday, October 10. Fenerbahce visits Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. It will be a special game for Vladimir Stimac and Nikola Kalinic, who play against their former team. Madrid hosts Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv the same night. It is the most played matchup in European competition history.
Thursday, October 3, 2019