Tuesday, November 24

An undefeated Real Madrid does not give Baxi Manresa a chance

Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo (r) with the ball in front of the BAXI Manresa defense.

Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo (r) with the ball in front of the BAXI Manresa defense.

Facundo Campazzo shone in the eleventh consecutive win of the Real Madrid in ACB in a game with the scent of farewell to the imminent departure of the Argentine base to the NBA after his successful time in Spanish basketball. His 20 points made him the Top scorer in White’s win against a Baxi Manresa who, although he tried in the first half, ended up succumbing to a solid leader who remains undefeated (100-78).

In the 25 minutes that he was on the court, Campazzo also captured two rebounds, distributed two assists, recovered five balls and added 28 valuation points as last service to a club that he joined in the 2014-2015 season and which he says goodbye to after having won two Euroleague, three ACB leagues, two King’s Cups and four Super Cups.

Although this Sunday those who became the protagonists of the clash from the beginning were Walter Tavares and Sergio Llull, who monopolized the promising white start. Eleven points from the Balearic Islands and eight from the Cape Verdean forced Pedro Martínez to stop the game after five minutes to reorganize his team when they were eleven down at the first exchange.

The Catalan team suffered to overcome the long arms of the Madrid tower. One more afternoon, Tavares dominated under hoops based on rebounds, blocks and intimidation, although his rival little by little found solutions in attack, with Yankuba Sima as the most prominent man, which allowed him to approach the end of a first quarter of dominance madridista (25-18, min 10).

In the resumption Jaycee Carrol claimed prominence in attack. Eight points in a row, including two triples, gave air to those of Pablo Laso, who did not notice excessively the entry into the game of their second unit. Manresa responded as best he could, although he missed two of his fittest men, Eulis Baez and Jonathan Tabú, absent due to injury.

The exchange of blows seemed favor a CBA leader who played comfortably, although little by little his rival was getting into the game. The success of the Americans Scott Eatherton and Makai Mason allowed him to go to rest alive after a second act that ended with a tie at 22 points and left everything to be decided in the second half (47-40, min 20).

A 7-0 starting partial gave the maximum advantage up to that moment to a Real Madrid in which Tavares continued to exercise his dominance under hoops. The blackout of the Manresa, which took almost four minutes to release his score in the third quarter, put him on the ropes, and the situation worsened after Campazzo’s triple that raised the Madrid income to 18 five minutes after the restart.

Although the reaction of Pedro Martínez’s men was immediate. With a 0-11 culminated with the triples of Makai Mason and Rafa Martínez they got back into the game. What motivated Pablo Laso’s anger in the timeout that he was forced to ask to stop his opponent’s streak. Campazzo, who only added four points at halftime, took the reins of his team and scored twelve in a third act that ended with the game on track for the locals (73-58, min 30).

The last quarter had little history because another better start for the Madridistas left the clash resolved before time. The advantages came to be 26 points and Campazzo said goodbye, maintained by his teammates and between hugs after contributing to the third victory of the week for a Real Madrid that will miss him.


100 – Real Madrid (25 + 22 + 26 + 27): Campazzo (20), Llull (17), Deck (12), Randolph (3) and Tavares (11) -starting quintet-, Carroll (13), Causeur (4), Garuba (7), Reyes (2), Laprovittola (4) and Abalde (7).

78-Baxi Manresa (18+22+18+20): Pérez (4), Jou (-), Vaulet (13), Hinrichs (5) and Eatherton (16) -starting five-, Rafa Martínez (11), Sajus (8), Dulkys (-), Mason (11) and Sima (10).

Referees: Óscar Perea, Jorge Martínez and Joaquín García González. They eliminated Makai Mason for fouls.

Incidents: Match of matchday 12 of the Endesa League played at the WiZink Center in Madrid behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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