The Real Madrid won this Saturday for 85-92 al Iberostar Tenerife in an intense, beautiful game that they decided between the American Jaycee Carroll and the Cape Verdean Walter Tavares.
Carroll, who did not jump on the floor until the second half, was vital in the Madrid victory by scoring 18 points in 18 minutes, while Tavares imposed his power with 29 PIR credits resulting from 12 points and up to 13 rebounds.
The match was uneven on the Madrid side in the last three minutes, when Pablo Laso’s set was more successful, both in defense and attack.
The biggest advantage of the game for the Whites was in these last three minutes with that 83-91, because before almost the domain was in the hands of a local team that played a great match, but that accused the effort and fouls when they came to the end of the crash.
They lacked serenity in the attack game, and control the rebound in key moments of the clash with Iberostar Tenerife, but little more can be asked of an island group that made it clear against one of the best teams in Europe that they are in a good moment so.
The first two rooms They stood out for the equality that was on the field, between two teams that tried to take the game by their side, but never succeeded. Success of the Tenerife in the outside shot that led them to put, from the outset, the score at 12-6 thanks to the baskets of Salin and Fitipaldo.
But as expected, Pablo Laso’s team cut with that small local streak, based on the success in the “one against one” or the success also from outside.
Neither of the two teams managed to take the game to their land and it was a matter of success and defensive effort that both teams had.
In the second quarter more of the same. Iberostar Benefice managed to leave by five points(30-25), with an excellent Fran Guerra in the area, and Real Madrid returned to equalize him with a partial of 0-8(30-33).
The break was 45-44, a bulky result and marked by the good success of the two teams that did not give up playing on the attack at all times.
Carroll’s entry into the third quarter – he had not played so far – was a fresh air for Real Madrid. The guard scored five consecutive points that kept his team in the game, and even led him to four points above(47-51, min.22).
The Iberostar Tenerife, far from shrinking before the visiting power, returned for all, and took advantage of the few opportunities that the rival could leave you. But they did. RUSTA and Fitipaldo, together with a good collective work in defense, put the Tenerife team ahead again(52-51) and two minutes later Laso had to stop the crash because the Tenerife players put the direct(59-54).
With 66-56, Thus Vidorreta’s team would reach the maximum difference on the scoreboard so far and still two minutes to go in the third quarter. Real Madrid knew how to react and stopped the local success with a good defensive work.
Ten minutes to go and an even score(72-70. The two teams were very cautious and until three minutes to go, the score remained even, with alternatives on the scoreboard for both teams.
But in this type of game, any mistake can be very punished by the rival and even more so when you have a whole Real Madrid in front of you. And is that with the control of the offensive rebound, Pablo last’s team found the way to victory. Tavares put the 83-84 and Laprovittola, with a triple, 83-87, with three minutes to go.
The local team tried again, but paid for the effort of the entire game, and they had neither the success nor the peace of mind to win. Real Madrid would reach its maximum advantage of the whole game one minute from the end(83-91) to end the clash with that 85-92.
85 – Iberostar Tenerife(26 + 19 + 27 + 13). Fitipaldo(8), Salin(10), Doornekamp(3), Cavanaugh(8), Sherman(18) -initial-, Huertas(8), Butterfly(5), Sulejmanovic(8), RUSTA(8), Rodríguez( -) and War(9).
92 – Real Madrid(25 + 19 + 26 + 22). Alocen(8),Causerr(7),Ablee(3), Garuba(12), Tavares(12) -initial-, Rudy Fernández(8), Laprovittola(10), Carroll(18), Thompkins(11) and Taylor(3).
Referees: Hierrezuelo, Martínez and Olivares. They pointed out technique to Real Madrid coach, Pablo Laso(min.26) and eliminated Aaron Dornekamp(min.40) for fouls.
Incidents: match of the 18th round of the Endesa League played at the Santiago Martín Sports Pavilion.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.