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Euroleague working day 33

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Vincent Poirier tries to defend Chima Moneke during the Euroleague match between Madrid and Baskonia.
Vincent Poirier tries to defend Chima Moneke through the Euroleague match between Madrid and Baskonia.Juanjo Martín (EFE)

Where they least anticipated it, after a streak of three consecutive defeats, Baskonia noticed the sunshine on the WiZink Center, the place many others succumbed on this Euroleague with only a few certainties. Dusko Ivanovic's group, which wanted a victory within the final two days of the common league, discovered it on the sphere of the chief, Real Madrid, and certified for the play-in after attaining an sudden victory (91-95) in opposition to a rival that has misplaced twice in 5 days and that in 48 hours has to face the Clásico in opposition to Barcelona.

Real Madrid, who entered the penultimate matchday with first place underneath lock and key, determined that it was day to run and have time. Baskonia allowed it at the start and that gave wings to the champion, who was blissful driving a bullet prepare from basket to basket. Facu Campazzo accelerated his group's sport as a lot as potential, which was very correct in capturing (over 70% in 2-point pictures and 50% in triples) and loved a 15-point benefit (27 -12).

The public was having fun with a nice evening and thought they have been going to see one other setback by Baskonia, who had little success away from Vitoria this season, however Real Madrid, with nothing at stake, relaxed and allowed their rival to affix their racing problem. from one ring to the alternative. Howard, the king of three-pointers in Europe – he has already had 120 this season – started to punish the Whites' errors on this match that was progressing with a tailwind. Everyone ran, everybody scored.

The success of Chus Mateo's group started to plummet. His quintet moved across the court docket with out the mandatory stress and there Ivanovic noticed that he had the dream alternative. He established the within sport, the place Madrid was compelled to take a seat Tavares as a consequence of fouls, and commenced to provide balls to Howard. Baskonia misplaced the primary quarter (27-17), however received the subsequent three. And, most significantly, they ended up taking the lead on the scoreboard to enter the decisive quarter with a bonus (64-65).

Mateo tried to decrease the revolutions by bringing in Chacho Rodríguez – the purpose guard reached 400 video games within the Euroleague – as a substitute of a considerably uncontrolled Campazzo, however he needed to get well him as quickly as he noticed that Baskonia, led by Codi Miller (12 assists), Matthew Costello (19 factors), Taras Sedekerskis (14 rebounds) and, above all, Markus Howard, who had 35 factors in half-hour (with seven triples), reached a lead of seven factors (73-80), which the Madrid now not knew learn how to counter.

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