The Real Madrid reopened this Thursday the wound of the Battles of the Basque Country with a resounding victory by 60-88 that made old ghosts appear in the Vitorian team and confirmed the good moment of the whites, who reaped their fifth consecutive victory in the Euroleague.
The Madrilenians set the pace practically from the beginning and there was only competition during the first five minutes of a duel in which Two teams appeared with two very different marches.
Six white players surpassed ten valuation credits and each one found his moment to maintain the high level of Real Madrid.
The superiority in the rebound, the shooting percentages and the sparks of several players such as Fabian Causeur or Thomas Heurtel, ruined some timid attempts at local reaction, which only had in Steven Enoch her most intoned man, though only in the first half.
The Barça pivot showed his teeth to Edy Tavares and he scored the first nine points from a Baskonia that looked Real Madrid head-on at the start of a game in which Fabian Causeur, with 11 points, kept the Whites ahead.
But six turnovers by the locals in this period and the absence of other scoring sources led to the first lead for Madrid, 14-25.
The second round opened with a clash between Thomas Heurtel and Wade Baldwin which gave way to a shower of triples from Pablo Laso’s men, with whom the French base, who threw himself at the public with gestures to the stands, and Rudy Fernández drove Real Madrid to 20-37 with much to play (min.13).
Vincent Poirier capitalized on the punishment of his team in the offensive rebound, while the outside scoring of the visitors destroyed a defense that lacked some more energy and communication in the indirect blocks and found a 34-53.
The script did not change at the beginning of the second half. The pace of Real Madrid continued to be higher, while the unforced errors of the Catalans followed one another.
The electronic team did not advance, but Barça Lamar Peters insisted on increasing the defensive intensity, which gave Baskonia quick points that were countered by a white team that did not lose the level of play and closed the third quarter with a triple from the Hungarian Adam Hanga to put a final 47-71, in a good defensive period for the visitors.
Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis scored his first points at the start of the last act, an unmistakable symptom of Baskonia’s offensive problems.
The advantage is gone above 20 points and the game lowered the intensity in a final stretch that certified the two very different moments that both teams live with the final 60-88.
60 – Battles of the Basque Country (14 + 20 + 13 + 13): Granger (-), Baldwin (8), Giedraitis (5), Sedekerskis (3) and Enoch (14) -starting five-, Lamar Peters (6), Fontecchio (14), Marinkovic (6), Nnoko (4) and Kurucs (-).
88 – Real Madrid (25 + 28 + 18 + 17): Hanga (7), Causeur (13), Abalde (5), Yabusele (7) and Tavares (12) – starting five – Williams-Goss (7), Heurtel (12), Llull (8), Poirier (8), Rudy Fernández (9), Vukcevic (-) and Nuñez (-).
Referees: Olegs Latisevs (Latvia), Tomislav Hordov (Croatian) and Rain Peerandi (Estonia). Heurtel and Baldwin (min.12) signaled an unsportsmanlike foul after a collision without the ball between them. They eliminated the local Peters for personal fouls (min.37).
Incidents: match corresponding to the twelfth day of the basketball Euroleague played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria before 8,218 spectators. A minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims of sexist violence. Both teams posed before kick-off with a banner commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.