23 December 2010
Carlos Cristobal / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid needed to defeat Spirou to secure the second spot in Group B, and they did. They also wanted a victory to remain undefeated at the Caja Magica and to avenge their defeat in Belgium.
Ettore Messina's team was very focused from the start. Sergio Rodriguez, Llull, Suarez, Garbajosa and Tomic made the starting lineup and took the initiative thanks to dominating in offence. D’or Fischer netted 10 points in the opening period and helped his team soar 29-16 by minute 10.
Daniel Santiago's skill under the iron was the only thing that kept Spirou in the game, but it wasn't enough when Real Madrid started to intensify their own defence. Mirotic shined again, while Llull and Garbajosa netted 6 points each before half-time. The latter took in the paint duties over from Fischer and the team continued to distance itself on the scoreboard.
The 17-point cushion after half-time 46-29 seemed to have sentenced the game. Garbajosa gave his side a 20-point lead with a three-pointer (53-33) and Spirou looked increasingly helpless. The Whites' aim was perfect and morale was high.
Real Madrid put on a real show in the final period, especially Mirotic. They eventually earned an impressive 94-45 victory that qualifies them for the Top 16 as the runners-up in Group B.