Por moments, the interior phones of the BAXI Manresa disrespected Walter Tavares. Europe’s biggest intimidator watched as Ismael Bako, Yankuba Sima and Chima Moneke challenged him with his game above the rim. But At the moment of truth, the Real Madrid colossus took revenge to give his team the victory (87-92). finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, some of them as decisive as a last intimidation in the final stretch. It’s better not to upset him.
- 87. BAXI MANRESA (19+19+30+19) Dani Pérez (8), Thomasson (15), Valtonen (7) Moneke (7) and Sima (13)-five starting- Francisco (8), Rafa Martínez (6 ), Dani Garcia (-), Maye (8), Steinbergs (-), Vaulet (2) and Bako (13).
- 92. REAL MADRID (16+24+28+24) Williams-Goss (11), Causeur (10), Hanga (4) Yabusele (12) Tavares (19)-starting five- Heurtel (8), Llull (7) , Rudy Fernández (15), Taylor (-), Abalde (-), Randolph (-) and Poirier (6).
The giant scored six of the leader’s last nine points of the Endesa League, demanded until the last moments by Manresa. Tavares crushed the hoop to put the tie at 85 and certified the win with four free throws in a row obtained after three rebounds, two of them offensive. The people of Manresa, with their game as attractive as it is intense, they arrived with options at the end, but later errors prevented them from taking one more step towards a Copa del Rey that they are fully deserving.
Given the development of the shock, nobody would think that both teams had a good season without playing while overcoming their numerous cases of coronavirus, including that of Laso, who returned to the bench. Only in the first quarter were they somewhat lacking in rhythm (19-16). Then they launched the attack based on outside shooting. Rudy, who scored five triples, opened the season to distance his team (28-35). Manresa endured with those of Maye to leave the score adjusted to rest (38-40).
Beautiful exchange of blows
Afterwards, every blow from one team was answered by the other in a beautiful exchange. to the success of causeur replied the electric Francisco. Tavares scrambled at Bako’s challenges. and the magic of Heurtel contrasted with the intensity of Monek. Before the last quarter, tied at 68 after a frenetic partial of 30-28 with two runaway teams.
Madrid was going to have to suffer if they wanted to take their twenty-first consecutive victory for Manresa. Before the indomitable Bako appeared Williams-Goss and the old guard, with Rudy and Llull, all with key actions with the game on the edge. But the closure was thrown by Tavares, tired of rivals trying to climb on his beard.