2006-07Regular SeasonRound 5
November 28, 2006 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Ratko Varda - Real Madrid In dire need of another victory Group D before the halfway mark in the ULEB Cup regular season, Real Madrid made plenty sure it got one when it blasted visiting Dexia Mons-Hainaut 89-72 on Tuesday. Madrid is now 2-3 and sits alone in fourth place in Group D, and just as importantly dropped Mons to 1-4. Madrid parlayed a push late in the first quarter to leads hovering around 20 points in the second and third. Mons fought back to within single digits again late in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time for a miracle rally. Alex Mumbru hit 4 of 6 three-pointer to lead the winners with 19 points. Ratko Varda added 14, Alex Hervelle 12, Raul Lopez and Charles Smith 10 each. Madrid's 40-21 advantage on the boards, paced by Hervelle's 8 rebounds, made a big difference. Shawnta Rogers poured in 18 points and dished 6 assists for Mons. George Evans added 17 points and Jim Potter 14.

Mons got off to a promising start as Evans drew a foul and made a free throw before Potter popped a triple for a 2-4 lead. Madrid didn't move ahead until Varda's second basket dropped to make it 8-6. Soon after that, however, Mons was able to tie twice, when Mathias Desaever drove at 8-8 and Shawnta Rogers knocked down a three-pointer for 12-12. Only when Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca scored ahead of back-to-back dunks by Charles Smith did Madrid escape for what turned out to be a 20-15 edge after 10 minutes. Louis Bullock added a three-point play and Raul Lopez a three-point shot to Madrid's lead at the start of the second quarter. The hosts kept pulling away to a first double-digit lead, 27-17, on a Smith free throw, and soon to wider advantages as Mumbru scored his first layup and Lopez another triple. Even as Mons started to score, Mumbru held down the guests with a pair of shots from the arc that made it 38-25. The second of those started a 9-0 run in which Hernandez-Sonseca dunked and Hervelle hit a layup to flirt with a 20-point lead, 44-25. It was all Mons could do to get 6 points from Potter before the half ended 45-31 in favor of the hosts.

Shawnta Rogers - Dexia MonsNice ball movement freed Mumbru in the corner for his fourth three-pointer of the night. That let Madrid play easily without risking the lead for the rest of the quarter, in which the hosts held onto sizable differences. Mons allowed Hernandez-Sonseca to got to the free-throw line and Nenad Sinanovic to take easy jumpers. Rogers tried to ignite a reaction in the visitors with a steal and a three-pointer, but Madrid did not shake and was able to maintain a 20-point difference, 72-52, with one quarter left to play. Kevin Houston and Smith exchanged three-point shots to start the fourth quarter. Mons got a huge dunk from Nicholson between Sinanovic and Varda, then a steal by Evans allowed the visitors to reduce the gap 77-60 with 6 minutes left. Evans and Rogers kept the rally alive with a layup each, forcing a Madrid timeout at 77-64, and then the same two combined to convert consecutive steals to cut the difference to single digits, 79-70. Madrid had gone scoreless for 3 minutes, but now Lopez got to the line and hit both free throws, and Marko Tomas drew copied him for an 85-72 difference with 90 seconds left. Hervelle added a dunk and a tip-in to make sure as Madrid added a much-needed victory in Group D.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Fernando Ojer, Madrid
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Referees: KLAAR, LARS; NESKOVIC, DRAGAN; BIRICIK, MURAT
Attendance: 4400
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid20252717
Dexia Mons15162120
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid20457289
Dexia Mons15315272
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HAMILTON, VENSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SMITH, CHARLES 21:00 10 3/4 1/7 1/2   1 1 1 1 3     1 4 5
9 REYES, FELIPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VARDA, RATKO 22:15 14 6/9   2/2 4 3 7 3   2     3 1 17
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 19:00 19 2/2 4/6 3/4   2 2   1 5     3 2 13
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 19:15 9 4/4   1/2 3 3 6 2 1 2 3   3 3 18
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 29:15 12 5/8 0/1 2/2 3 5 8 1 2 1     1 4 21
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 20:00 3   1/2     4 4 5         2   9
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD 9:15 2 1/1     1 2 3               5
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 18:45 6 1/2 1/2 1/1 1 1 2 1       1   2 8
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 19:15 10   2/3 4/4   1 1 2 2       2 4 16
33 TOMAS, MARKO 22:00 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 3 2 5 2 1 4 2 1 4 2 3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 89 23/34 9/22 16/19 15 25 40 17 8 17 5 2 19 22 116
        67.6% 40.9% 84.2%
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
Dexia Mons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAJOR, GERRIT 8:30 1     1/2   1 1     1     2 1 -1
5 MACK, MONTY 20:15 7 2/3 1/1   1   1 3   1     3   6
6 DESAEVER, MATHIAS 19:45 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 1   1   1 4   -3
7 HOUSTON, KEVIN 36:00 7 1/2 1/4 2/2   2 2   3       1 7 14
8 EVANS, GEORGE 28:30 17 7/16 0/1 3/6 1   1   2 1   3 3 3 3
9 MERRIEX, BINGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 ROGERS, SHAWNTA 31:15 18 5/8 2/6 2/2 2 1 3 6 3 1       3 25
11 MARKOVIC, DRAGAN 4:00 2 1/3                     3   -3
12 NDOYE, MOUSTAPHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MARNEGRAVE, NIELS 0:15   0/1                         -1
14 POTTER, JIM 30:45 14 0/4 3/8 5/5 4 2 6   2 4   1 5 5 8
15 NICHOLSON, YEMI 20:45 4 2/3     2 1 3 1   1 2   1   7
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 19/42 7/21 13/17 11 10 21 11 10 10 2 5 22 19 57
        45.2% 33.3% 76.5%
Head coach: BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It was not a very nice game to watch. We had several injuries, which changed things for us. We have to be solid at home, at least we did that. We must try to pull a victory away in order to qualify for the next round."
BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
Dexia Mons
“We were equal to Real Madrid in all aspects but one: rebounding. This was the clue to the game. I cannot say anything bad about my players because I think we showed good spirit and mental toughness to stay in the game. Also Mumbru scored excellent three-pointers when we tried to disrupt their offense with a box and one defense. I think tonight the difference of quality between the two teams decided the final outcome.”

Players

HERVELLE, AXEL
Real Madrid
"The most important thing to be drawn from tonight is that we got the victory. Now we have to forget about this game and set our mind to pull a victory away in Greece or Belgium and to stay undefeated at home."
HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU
Real Madrid
"We went very hard for the offensive rebounds not only to get second chances, but also to prevent them from running, which is what they like to do. We accomplished that, so the outcome was good for us."
ROGERS, SHAWNTA
Dexia Mons
"Excellent game by Real Madrid. They outrebounded us so they had more possesions and therefore more chances to score. You have to respect a team that is undefeated in Spanish League."
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