PThe years roast, the players pass, the rivals are reinforced, but there is something that remains: the competitive gene of Real Madrid. The whites took their eighth Endesa Super Cup, the fourth in a row, after come back 19 points before a Barcelona which was superior for much of the match. The whites were only 56 seconds ahead, but they were enough to add the twenty-first title of the Laso era. In his eleventh year as a Madrid coach it won’t go empty either.
Madrid arrived at the appointment without the injured Abalde, Randolph, Thompkins and Rudy, with Carroll on Utah, with Tavares just arrived from Afrobasket, with four new incorporations, with less filming than Barça … but in his umpteenth survival exercise he was champion. It owes much to the consistency of Poirier (16 points and 11 rebounds), to the direction of Alocen, who obtained his doctorate with Madrid, already a Llull that, on the court where he was injured four years ago, lit the wick of the comeback in the third quarter. Back on the wave of epic, he finished with 24 points that gave him the MVP. And, as the new captain, he lifted his first trophy.
The final started with an improper rhythm and success of September. They looked like two teams much more rolled than they are. The Barça, under the baton of Calathes, it took him almost five minutes to miss his first pitch. Oriola he was a tripler. Madrid held on with a Poirier who began to prevail with rebounds, blocks and dunks and with Alocen, who added two triples before retiring injured by a blow to the shoulder (20-18). His return to the track was doubted and it ended up being decisive.
The first Madrid advantage came at the beginning of the second quarter. Llull, who scored eight points in that period, ahead of his team in anticipation of his recital (23-24). The Barça hit a pull taking advantage of a technique to Causeur which brought the difference to a maximum of nine (46-37). A triple of Heurtel, which monopolized the curiosity for being measured for the first time at team that came out in bad manners, reduced the distance before the break with the youth squad Ndiaye on the track debuting with the whites.
Defense and epic to come back
Later, the Catalans appeared much more focused. The 6-0 start turned into a 13-2 with Mirotic as stiletto. In four minutes, Madrid only added two free throws and saw their rival go away, reaching a maximum of 19 points (63-44, min 25). The whites had to appeal to defense and epic.
Llull knows a lot about that, he led a partial of 8-18 to keep his team alive with the last quarter left. For a few minutes, he had a colossal scorer duel with Higgins. The Madridista came out the winner, who continued to draw closer to his team. He joined Alocen for the cause and he connected with Poirier in a 0-9 that left the score at one point (79-78).
Williams-GossIn another good game, he tied with a triple with 1:44 to go. A very small Classic. Yabusele gave Madrid their second lead in the entire match. Davies tied, Poirier hit with two free throws, Barça’s pivot failed and with 17 seconds to play Alocén made it 83-86 from the free kick. Again Davies missed the quick 3-pointer he would have called. Alocen justified him in his last great action. There the options of Barça flew. This is how Madrid won, an irreducible team.