With their series tied at one game apiece, Real Madrid scored a huge road win after outlasting Power Electronics Valencia, 75-66, in Game Three to take a 2-1 lead in their All-Spanish playoff showdown.
Trailing for almost the entire game, Real Madrid unleashed a huge 11-0 blast before the end of the third period and the start of the final period with Felipe Reyes and D’or Fischer spearheading the huge rally that slammed the door for Valencia’s bid of taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
Fischer was simply too much for Power Electronics Valencia, racking up 27 points and eight rebounds, while Spanish National Team standout Reyes finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Pablo Prigioni and Ante Tomic added 11 points apiece for Real Madrid. “A win gives our team confidence and we believe that we can get another one here in Valencia,” said Fischer. “We are going to give it all in the next game to put an end to the series right here.”
Meanwhile, defending champion Regal FC Barcelona now have their backs against the wall after losing against Panathinaikos, 76-74, in Game Three of their Quarterfinal Showdown played in front a hostile crowd in Athens, Greece.
Dimitris Diamantidis paced the Greek powerhouse with his 24 points and seven assists, while Mike Batiste and Antonis Fotsis added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Panathinaikos, who could clinch a final four seat on Thursday game at the OAKA in Greece. Fran Vasquez led Barcelona with his 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Ricky Rubio and Jaka Lakovic chipped in 13 points apiece, but their efforts weren’t enough to take control of the series.
Like Regal FC Barcelona, Caja Laboral will also be in a must-win situation in Game Four after absorbing their second- straight defeat against Maccabi Electra, 81-60, in Game Three of their series that was played in a jam-packed Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.
Jeremy Pargo displayed flashes of brilliance as the veteran American guard finished with 25 points, highlighted by a 4-for-7 clip from downtown, while David Blu and Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 18 points each, with the latter grabbing eight rebounds to with five assists for Maccabi.
Maccabi will try to clinch the series in Game Four at home on Tuesday, but they have to do it without Doron Perkins, who will be out for the rest of the season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the second quarter of Game Three.
Despite being down in the series, Caja Laboral coach Dusko Ivanovic believes that they can still advance to the Final Four especially now that their opponent lost a key player in their rotation.
“This series is wide open and anything can happen,” said Ivanovic. “The injury of Perkins will affect Maccabi, not my team, so they need to say how it will affect the next games. We’re not tired as people may think. We can still win.”
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