Thursday, January 20

Valencia takes advantage of the exhaustion of Real Madrid

The Valencia Basket took advantage this Sunday of the wear suffered by the Real Madrid in their Euroleague quarter-final match against Anadolu Efes and He added his sixth success in a row, by 69-79, in a clash that dominated from start to finish.

Valencia, incidentally, ended a four and a half month streak of its rival without losing in the Endesa League and prevented him from certifying the first place in the regular phase.

The meeting started with the freshest Valencia on the head and legs. With Mike Tobey as a stiletto, scoring twelve points almost in a row from near and far, and, against a somewhat sleepy Real Madrid, he opened a first gap. Pablo Laso couldn’t hold it any longer and asked for a timeout to try to change the script of the clash (7-19, m.5).

But neither the harangue of his coach nor the rotation he introduced altered the course of the game. No ideas and no aim in attack (one of ten on his first triple throws) and without intensity behind (made his first foul in the second quarter), Real Madrid was unable in addition to fighting the rebound to a Valencia that escaped loosely behind (16-37, m.15).

Only Vicent Poirier was able to win any of their duels, but the Frenchman’s persistence ended up infecting Jeffrey Taylor and Sergio Llull. With some outside shots from both, the white team managed to reduce damage before the break (27-43, m.20).

Laso opted for a hitherto unprecedented Jaycee Carroll and the US guard changed the local attacks, both those in which he scored or assisted and those that he did not do so but attracted the attention of the visiting defense and made room for his teammates ( 39-49, m.26).

A foul by Taylor in a block ended Real Madrid with two techniques, which the home team used to try to hit. one more step in intensity with the idea of ​​getting a little closer before the last quarter.

But Valencia read the movement, increased the defensive intensity with a notable Guillem Vives and with the free throws of Bojan Dubljevic and a triple by Martin Hermannsson on the horn he recovered all the lost ground and something else (43-60, m.30) .

The minutes were falling and the clash turned into an exchange of triples from the interiors of both teams from which the visitors came out with hardly any damage, which allowed them to sleep the crash a while longer, also helped by the poor aim of the rival despite the impetus of Fabien Causeur, Poirier and Llull.

With Rudy Fernández out of the game by a blow, Valencia put the ball in the hands of Hermannsson and the Icelander, with a couple of strokes of Louis Labeyrie, closed the victory without suffering.


69.- Real Madrid (12 + 15 + 16 + 26): Laprovittola (4), Caseur (5), Thompkins (2), Tyus (3), Poirier (16) -five holder- Rudy Fernández (-), Vukcevic (6), Alocen (-), Garuba (-), Llull (15), Carroll (7), and Taylor (11).

79.- Valencia Basket (27+16+17+19): Van Rossom (9), Vives (3), Kalinic (6), Williams (-), Tobey (16) -five starters- Prepelic (8), Labeyrie (10), Dubljevic (8), Hermannsson (11) and Sastre (8).

Referees: Cortés, Caballero and Fernández. Without eliminated.

Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 36 of the Endesa League played behind closed doors at the Wizinc Center in Madrid.

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