The Real Madrid prevailed against a diminished Fenerbahce by 94-74, in a match that had no color in no time and that the Spanish team dominated from start to finish.
Fenerbahce was not as fierce as it is remembered. It is no longer the team that was European champion in 2017. Compared to last year, neither Zeljko Obradovic is on the bench, nor Luigi Datome, nor Nikola Kalinic, nor Kostas Sloukas.
If to this we add the Nando De Colo and Jan Vesely casualties due to injury, Fenerbahce stays in much less.
In addition, Real Madrid came out ready to finish the game as soon as possible and 20-8 of minute 8, seemed to agree with him, also the 28-12 with which the first period ended.
Anthony Randolph with 4 of 5 triples scored, Alberto Abalde with 10 points and Facundo Campazzo with 9 assists, shone along with the almost essential Walter Tavares.
On the Turkish team, Danilo Barthel and some quality tail-blows from Ali Muhammed and Lorenzo Brown were trying to keep a fangless Fenerbahce afloat.
In the second quarter, however, those from Istanbul managed to cut the Madrid advantage slightly, more because Laso’s men took their foot off the gas a little, than due to an improvement in their performance, and they reached the locker room with a 49-36, which at least did not rule them out entirely.
In the continuation, Madrid returned to put land in between, bordering on twenty points of advantage in the 23rd minute, 58-39, which caused Fenerbahce manager Igor Kokoskov to stop the game to try to stop the score.
Brown was too lonely to pull the car of the Turks and Madrid without making great efforts and with the help of Campazzo and Abalde he was watching how the minutes passed and how the victory was close to his colors.
At the end of the third quarter, 72-51, and everything practically closed.
In the last ten minutes, Madrid slowed down in a game that faded without giving any option to a diminished Fenerbahce and that in minute 33 lost 79-53.
In the end, Barthel showed his professionalism, but could not avoid the fifth consecutive victory in Euroleague Real Madrid, the tenth between the domestic and continental competition. I said, a lot of Madrid and little Fenerbahce.
94 – Real Madrid (28 + 21 + 23 + 22): Randolph (14), Campazzo (7), Deck (7), Carroll (15), and Tavares (13) -starting quintet-, Abalde (17), Rudy (6), Alocén, Laprovittola, Garuba (4), Llull (4) and Thompkins (7).
74 – Fenerbahce (12+24+15+23): Brown (18), Barthel (22), Muhammed (7), Duverioglu (4) and Ulanovas (3) -starting quintet-, Hamilton, Westermann, Mahmutoglu (5), Biberovic, Pierre (9), Sipahi and Eddie (6 ).
Referees: Matej Boltauzer (ESL), Fernando Rocha (POR) and Joseph Bissang (FRA). Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the tenth day of the Euroleague played at the Palacio de Deportes (Wizink Center) in Madrid behind closed doors.
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