ANDl Real Madrid He arrived emotionally touched and with the gas tank in reserve after the defeat against the Barcelona in the Euroleague, and had a hard time, but overcame in time to beat a good Unicaja (79-74). The malagueños monopolized the rebound and took the initiative with an excellent defense (31-39, min 21). But the whites awoke from their slumber after the break first with the irruption of Tavares, unprecedented until then, and then with a Llull imposing from the triple (4/4) to promote the Madridista resurrection with a partial of 31-10 that allowed them to get the triumph back on track (76-60, min 35). Then they relaxed and the Unicaja made up the result, but the triumph was not in danger.
The start of the game seemed more like training. Very permissive defenses in both teams and simple baskets. In that exchange of caresses Causeur, always smart to find the ways to the hoop, and Williams-Goss They kept the pulse for a Madrid stuck in attack and whose legs seemed to weigh behind him. Unicaja stayed in the party thanks to his defending, to triples of Jaime Fernández, Barreiro and Cole and his manifest dominance of the rebound, 7-14 at the end of the first act (16-19). Tavares, almost unpublished, and Vukcevic, lax behind, they lost that battle.
The outlook did not improve for the Whites at the start of the second quarter. The irruption of a Very wise bouteille further propelled Unicaja (23-28, min 17). Madrid still did not see it clearly in attack due to the great intensity of its rival, and under the boards it was leaking (9 for 21 rebounds). Seeing is believing having two colossi as Tavares and Poirier. Two triples of Rudy and one of Heurtel, the first of their team, allowed Laso’s men to narrow the differences somewhat (31-33). Although the last word before the break was put Brizuela and Eric (31-37).
Maximum advantage of Unicaja and white reaction
The plan of Katsikaris gave its revenues to the people of Malaga, very firm in defense, with good movement of the ball in attack and voracious in the fight for the rebound. But in the resumption, after establishing the Unicaja his maximum advantage (31-39), that approach of Unicaja jumped into the air with the spectacular improvement of whites under boards and on the perimeter and the brutal irruption in the party of Tavares first and Llull after.
The giant, hitherto unpublished, imposed his 2.20 m in the area with nine points, but it was Llull, who had not played in the first half, who broke the game with four triples without failure (13 points in the third act), seconded by one of Randolph and another of Hanga. Madrid, who came to rest with 3/11 triples, signed 6/8 in the third and that offensive barrage decomposed the people of Malaga, who found no antidote to that success of their rival. They tried to pay you in the same currency, but triples were denied (0/5) and they fit a partial of 31-10 what made the game uphill for them (62-49, min 30).
Madrid made it clear that they were not going to let victory slip away from the WiZink Center and with two triples from Hanga, one from Rudy and a 2 + 1 from Poirier seemed to close the game (76-60, min 35). However, the monumental anger of Katsikaris his team in a time-out (“It’s a fucking shame, it seems that we play in a school”, he even told them) it had an effect. And between his own and that the madridistas lowered their arms, the result came to be narrowed (79-74, 35 seconds from the end). But the local triumph was not in danger.
79 – Real Madrid (16 + 15 + 31 + 17): Williams-Goss (5), Causeur (8), Hanga (14), Vukcevic (-) and Tavares (11) -the starting five-, Heurtel (5), Rudy (10), Poirier (9), Llull (13) , Nuñez (-), Taylor (1) and Randolph (3)
74 – Unicaja (19 + 18 + 16 + 21): Cole (3) Fernández (11), Barreiro (9), Abromaitis (2) and Eric (8) -five starting-, Díaz (3), Alonso (8), Brizuela (4), Guerrero (6), Suárez ( 6) and Bouteille (14).
Referees: Antonio Conde, Raúl Zamorano and Iyán González. Without eliminated
Incidents: Match of the thirteenth day of the Endesa League played at the WiZink Center in Madrid before 5,710 spectators. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of former tennis player Manolo Santana.