He Real Madrid ended a winning streak in the Euroleague by be surprised at home by the AX Armani Exchange Milan (76-80) after a duel in which he paid dearly for his bad figures at the start of the second half.
Whites faced the appointment eager to start their European journey in 2021 in a positive way so as not to get out of privileged positions. He faces a squad with faces known as Ettore Messina, apart from Pablo Laso and together with Lele Molin, the only Madrid coach in the last decade, or Sergio Rodríguez.
The staging was marked by equality, with Walter Tavares responding under the ring scoring attacks by the Italians to score six of the host’s first nine points.
The other three were put by Abalde from the perimeter, also contributing a triple Causeur for the 8-0 run that made it 12-8. It was a brief moment of inspiration as Leday emerged to let his own go just one down at the end of the first quarter.
A 3-8 in the return to action gave the visitors an advantage, who from that moment withstood the pull with solvency until the break supported by Datome and with the permission of the Argentine Nico Laprovittola.
His eight points, plus two triples from his compatriot Gabriel Deck, they breathed air in the most difficult moments. In the end the first twenty minutes ended as the duel had started, with a draw (39-39).
This broke it after passing through the changing rooms a partial of 2-19, truffled with comfortable baskets and with a choral role, which enabled the maximum income at that time for the Milanese. Too much punishment for a Real Madrid that did not find an answer and was slowly melting until Carroll transformed seven palliative points.
That did not prevent the locals from facing twelve down the decisive period, a distance that was not diminished in the initial two and a half minutes. Then Carroll appeared again to throw the weight of responsibility on his back.
Three by three and with the help of Tyus, from less to more on the day of his debut, he left his team at the gates of the comeback with more than four minutes to play. However, when he began to smell the problems, the most precise Milan woke up from the hand of Sergio Rodríguez to close the appointment in his favor.
76 – Real Madrid (18 + 21 + 10 + 27): Alocén (5), Causeur (3), Abalde (3), Garuba (-) and Tavares (14) -starting quintet-, Thompkins (13), Tyus (4), Carroll (20), Deck (6), Laprovittola (8), Taylor (-).
80 – AX Armani Exchange Milan (17 + 22 + 22 + 19): Punter (7), Leday (12), Moraschini (2), Tarczewski (8) and Delaney (14) -the starting five-, Roll (5), Sergio Rodríguez (17), Datome (9), Hines (4), Brooks (2), Cinciarini (-).
Referees: Robert Lottermoser (ALE), Emin Mogulkoc (TUR) and Piotr Pastusiak (POL). Sin eliminados.
Incidents: Match of the eighteenth day of the regular phase of the Euroleague played at the WiZink Center behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus health crisis.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.