69-71: Real Madrid end a perfect week
MATCH REPORT. 04/24/2022. Edu Bueno
The team picked up a third win in five days at Coosur Betis ahead of the trip to Tel Aviv. Tavares and Yabusele both eclipsed the PIR of 20.
real Madrid emerged victorious against Coosur Betis on the road as they finished a perfect week with three wins in five days after the two Euroleague victories over Maccabi. Our team was already mathematically assured of a place in the league playoffs before kick-off, but they went through a potential banana peel in Sevilla. They were forced to produce an impressive second-half comeback, before finally winning in the dying seconds. Tavares, who played a key role with a crucial counter and a free throw on the death (10 points, 14 rebounds and 25 PIR) and Yabusele (10, 9 and 22), were in circulation for by Laso team, which is now heading to Tel Aviv in a bid to seal its place in the Final square.
Juan Nunez was in the starting five of the first quarter as the madridistas faced an impressive Coosur Betis from the three-point line (4). They responded to the hosts’ precision with patience, moving the ball well. Williams Goss (7 points) and Yabusele (5 and 6 rebounds) both put points on the board in the first minutes (16-18). But the hosts seemed to have the advantage in terms of aggression and freshness, as they extended their run by 6.75m to escape early in the second quarter with Madrid lose the ball repeatedly. Johnson, Wiley and Brown helped their team take a good lead at the break (36-27).
Our boys are stepping up
Madrid stayed calm and focused on defence. Hanga brought extra energy to the back line and the pressure on the passing lines lowered the hosts’ numbers and stifled their attack, which could not score for almost half the period, ending the quarter with only nine. by Laso the boys are slowly finding their rhythm and gaining efficiency in attack thanks to their mastery of the defensive rebound and their blocks, with Yabusele leading forward. A series of 9-29 in our favor gave us the advantage and changed the nature of the match before the last quarter (45-47).
The final push
With the return Madrid retained an impressive intensity in defense and intensified the offensive rebound (17 in the end). Another strong start to the final period with an 0-9 run led by abalded (the quartertime star with 9 points), went 45-56 with 33 minutes on the clock, going 9-29 in eight minutes. But the game was not over yet and the hosts came back from the three-point line once again. Three straight games plus a field goal from Brown put them back in the lead at 69-67 with 30 seconds left. Madrid withstood the onslaught and Hanga found a three of his own to make it 69-70. Two great defensive plays on Coosur Betis’ next two attacks with a Tavares block on Brown and another for timeout possession, meant Cape Verde‘s center free throw was enough to secure a 21st league victory for real Madrid (69-71).