By Robert Rodriguez
With more problems than expected Madrid won the first Top16 game against Pesaro team that got in Charles Smith its best offensive man with 25 points.
Crespi decided to control rebound and strated with Mottola and Archibald trying to surprise Real Madrid 'big men' (Reyes and Hervelle), but surprise came from outside with a sensational Smith that gave first visitant adventages with good 6,25 shots (16 points in 11 minutes). Maljkovic boys improved defense a attack worked
better with Bullock, as usual, leading team in points well helped with Gelabale dunks and Fotsis inspiration from outside paint. First
half ended with another Smith three (21points in first two quarters).
After some rest, Herreros started reaction with a triple and after this Madrid took game control coinciding with Mottola and Archibald four foul (62-48 min.29). Real Madrid was playing seriously, forgeting about Copa del Rey final. But last quarter relax gave Scavolini the chance of entering game. Felipe Reyes aborted reaction and victory for Real Madrid.
75 - Real Madrid: Bennett (8), Bullock (9), Sonko (4), Hervelle (4), Reyes (11), Burke (9), Herreros (3), Bueno (3), Fotsis (12), Gelabale (12).
71 - Scavolini Pesaro: Penn (5), Smith (25), Milic (11), Archibald (9), Mottola (1), Frosini (4), Malaventura (-), Ress (10), Rannikko (6).