ANDThey were decisive when they were in their prime and they continue to be so now that the physique is no longer the same but they have known how to recycle themselves. The Real Madrid had to turn to the old guard and Sergio Llull and Rudy fernandez they responded again. Between the two they saved their team from a Monbus Obradoiro that lasted until the last quarter. With the victory by 78-68, the whites climb to the leadership of the Endesa League. After three days, they and Barça are already the only undefeated.
In the third quarter, Madrid was disoriented. Perhaps thinking about the premiere of the Euroleague next Thursday against the champion Anadolu efes. Surely falling into the defensive ambushes of Moncho Fernandez. He received a partial 1-14 that turned on the alarms (46-49). Llull extinguished them with a distant trippy on the horn at the end of the period. The one of all the life, come on. Thus he put the tie at 51.
At the beginning of the last act, there were six more points from the escort. And later as many from Rudy. Between the two and with the help of Nigel Williams-Goss, which usually appears in the final stretch of matches, Madrid built a 21-6 run with which they achieved tranquility (69-57, min 36). The winning character, the talent and the mischief is not lost over the years.
It was one of those matches in which Madrid lacks regularity, but ends up serving with an arreón in the second half. The Obradoiro complicated his life. The Galicians held out with triples, just what the whites did not do (0/7 at halftime and 5/19 at the end). It also helped them a lot Henry ellenson, which scored 20 points and points to a revelation from the Endesa League. Another ‘invention’ they have made in Santiago.
A Frenchified Madrid
The locals began speaking French with prominence for Heurtel, Causeur and Yabusele, who left two great dunks in the first quarter and contained the good Galician start. The first 10 points of Madrid were Gauls and with a 14-2 he opened the first important gap (20-11). Then he took command Poirier, which took advantage of the problems of Tavares. He finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
With his power, Madrid left 11 up (36-25), but Pablo Laso he was not satisfied. Some anger fought because what he had drawn was not played. The bad feelings intensified when leaving the changing rooms. The Madrid team was apathetic and a good visiting defense was added. To the first triple white (Causeur after 22 minutes) was followed by the partial 1-14 that made the Work dream. Llull and Rudy woke him up.
– Data sheet:
78 – Real Madrid (20 + 16 + 15 + 27): Heurtel (4), Causeur (11), Hanga (2), Yabusele (9) and Tavares (5) -starting five-, Williams-Goss (9), Fernández (8), Vukcevic (1), Poirier (13) , Llull (12), Abalde (-) and Taylor (4).
68 – Monbus Obradoiro (13 + 17 + 21 + 17): Hobbs (6), Robertson (11), Scrubb (11) Suárez (6) and Ellenson (20) -the starting five-, Okouo (8), Zurbriggen (4), Oliver (-), Beliauskas (-), Birutis ( 2), Muñoz (-) and Filipovity (-).
Referees: Jordi Aliaga, Javier Torres and Carlos Merino. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of the third day of the Endesa League played at the WiZink Center.