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Real Madrid is ULEB Cup champ

Final: Real Madrid adds ULEB Cup to trophy case!

Real Madrid added the ULEB Cup crown to its extensive collection on Tuesday night with a 75-87 win over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Felipe Reyes turned in another heroic outing to keep Madrid close in the first half and then Charles Smith erupted with a record-setting performance in the second half to lead Madrid to victory. Smith joined a select list of stars as the ULEB Cup Final MVP as he finished with 19 points by making six three-pointers – a record for most triples in the final. Smith tied another final game record with 3 blocked shots. Madrid set team records with 10 threes and 6 blocks. The result gives Madrid, the winningest team in European basketball history, its first European title in a decade after the club came up short in the ULEB Cup final here three years ago. Real now has 14 continental titles – including eight Euroleague championships. It will now have a chance to add to that total next season as with the victory, Real clinched a ticket to play in the 2007-08 edition of the Euroleague. Madrid also denied L. Rytas the chance to become the first team to win the ULEB Cup twice. L. Rytas hung in throughout the first half and led 41-40 at halftime, but several key fouls early in the second half limited the Lithuanian champs' defense and Smith and Louis Bullock took over with separate 2-10 and 1-11 runs. L. Rytas never recovered and Madrid celebrated its first ULEB Cup crown. Bullock and Reyes finished with 16 each and Axel Hervelle had 10 for Madrid. Reyes also grabbed 8 rebounds. Matt Nielsen had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Kareem Rush added 10 for L. Rytas in a losing effort.

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