ANDn this garter boot the Madrid has made one thing clear: no team in Europe exhibits that much muscle. Or better, no one takes so much advantage of what they have. Faced with a Lenovo Tenerife that gave an excellent image in Madrid, Laso’s team was like a pylon hammer to win, 86-75.
It is not easy for the Canarian team to face demanding matches like this without their great star, Shermadini, which will still be low for several more weeks. The Lenovo I was looking at the team that has the best indoor game in Europe without its giant. And although he lost, he left very good feelings.
The Lenovo kept alive its exterior shot (13 of 28 triples), especially that of a Fitipaldo that he nailed 7 triples but in the first quarter he had a fabulous 4 of 5.
Quite the opposite of Madrid. Your shot is what goes out of tune so far and what Laso will have to work on. He finished 6 of 23 on 3s and had a lot of problems on the perimeter. More than half of his points (44) came from the painting.
Laso’s men threatened several times to leave on the scoreboard, but Lenovo was reluctant to leave the game. A sample is that in the second quarter Madrid scored a 32-23 with a triple of Llull and the break was reached with a tight 40-35. Although Madrid seemed to maintain control of the crash.
That was the keynote in the resumption. Madrid did not give up its advantage, but neither could it take off. Six minutes from the end came the maximum, 75-62, but a partial of 4-9 put Lenovo back into the game.
By then, the two towers of Madrid had taken over the areas. Tavares finished with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocks and Poirier signed 14 points and four rebounds. They form an almost impregnable couple.
When Lenovo threatened in the last minutes of the game, the Cape Verdean center and Yabusele they sentenced the crash. The Frenchman, who is being the sensation of the whites at this start, achieved a triple that embraced the victory of the locals. He finished with 15 points and as the top scorer of his team.
Between the two centers and the forward, his muscle and his talent, which is also a lot, ensured a victory against a team that had a lot of merit at the WiZink Center. But this year, solidity is Madrid’s hallmark.
86 – Real Madrid (25 + 15 + 18 + 28): Heurtel (10), Causeur (2), Hanga (12), Yabusele (15) and Tavares (9) -starting five- Williams-Goss (6), Poirier (14), Llull (4), Fernández (1), Abalde (7), Alocén (4) and Taylor (2).
77 – Lenovo Tenerife (18 + 17 + 19 + 23): Huertas (6), Fitipaldo (24), Sastre (-), Sulejmanovic (8) and Guerra (6) -the starting quintet- Smith (2), Salin (9), Wiltjer (1), Doornekamp (6), Borg ( -), Gamble (12) and Rodríguez (3).