ANDhe Real Madrid faced their game against Valencia with their mind still set on the fifth game of the Euroleague in Istanbul. And in the casualties, which at the last minute were left without playing Tavares and Abalde. Valencia, on the other hand, had all five senses in the clash because it can still be fourth, since it is disputed with TD Systems Baskonia, which gives it the right to have the home court factor in the quarter series (surely against Baskonia ).
Thus, it is not surprising that the Valencian team came out plugged from the beginning, that they maintained the tension for 40 minutes and that they arrived better, physically and mentally at the end to take the victory, 69-79. Madrid played without tension and Valencia was dedicated to biting.
Supported by a good Mike Tobey, especially at the start, and a great Labeyrie, as happened in the Euroleague match between the two, Valencia was burning stages in the game, almost always dominating the game tempo and the scoreboard.
A 7-22 start made clear the intentions of the taronja on the WiZink court. The whites could not find solutions and the difference was only growing. In the second quarter, Ponsarnau’s team reached 20 ahead (19-39) and only a final arreón from Laso’s, who would not have liked the game at all, allowed the locals to go to the changing rooms with some life (27-43).
As Madrid carries in the genes that of competing until the end, they came to peek through the rear-view mirror of their rival in a third quarter in which they reached 10 and possession. But Valencia, through triples by Sastre and Hermannsson, almost left the game sentenced with one act to play, 43-60.
Madrid then found inspiration in the triples of Llull, 3 of 4 and Vukcevic, 2 of 4, in a quarter in which they reduced the difference again to 10 but in which they did not disturb their rival who came to look for a game that can be decisive. Valencia knew how to fully exploit the weaknesses that Madrid showed.