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75-84: Real Madrid advances to Endesa League semis


REPORT | 29/05/2018 | Nacho Díaz

Madrid once again downed Iberostar Tenerife, with Rudy turning in a stellar performance, and will now face off against Valencia Basket or Herbalife Gran Canaria.
  • Playoff Liga Endesa
  • Game 2 (Quarter Final)
  • Tue, 29 May
Pabellón Santiago Martín
Madrid advances to the semi-finals via the fast line. The European champions maintained its record of always prevailing in a best-of-three series after winning the opening game. Madrid racked up a second point in the series by downing Iberostar Tenerife on its floor in a contest in which the Whites pulled away in the second stanza but which ultimately wasn't decided until the final stages. There were stunning performances from Rudy (19 points, five treys), Tavares (11, 13 rebounds and a PIR of 26) and Doncic (12, 8 and 18). Next Sunday at 6:30pm (CEST), Madrid will square off in the first game of the semi-finals series against the winners of the series between Valencia Basket and Herbalife Gran Canaria. 

Real Madrid began the game calling the shots and turned to Tavares as the ideal man to punish Iberostar Tenerife. Taylor and Campazzo supplied the Cape Verde-born player with the service in what was a sublime individual opening quarter (seven points, five rounds and two blocks). The centre was dominant in offense and spread fear in defense, but Tobey, the hosts' star performer, still managed to sink eight points. The game became an end-to-end affair and there were plenty of missed shots on both sides to leave the scores at the end of the first quarter at just 14-14.

Whites' arsenal
The Tenerife-based team showed all of their competitiveness to tear up a run of 8-0, which ultimately didn't damage the Whites' chances too much. Madrid required little over a minute to turn the score around and establish a run of 10-30, which turned the game in its favour. Pablo Laso's troops showed all of their offensive prowess from the three-point line, sinking seven treys, four of which came from the outstanding Rudy and another right on the buzzer from Doncic  to leave the scores at 32-44.

The Whites will begin the semi-final series on Sunday at the WiZink Center at 6:30pm (CEST).

The momentum was now firmly with Madrid. Doncic began the third quarter as he ended the second, by nailing a trey. The Whites put together a +15, only for Iberostar Tenerife to hit back from the 6.75m line. The two sides then traded blows, which, given the guests' lead, favoured Laso's men. Rudy and the aforementioned Madrid youth product once again punished the hosts from the three-point line, whilst Tavares continued to strike fear into his opponents in the paint. The scores were 55-63 on the half-hour mark.

Excitement until the last
Iberostar Tenerife pushed on (58-63) but failed to ever harm the Whites' lead. Whenever the guests were in trouble, Reyes and Carroll stepped up to restore order from the three-point line. The home side began to show some urgency and they edged closer to Madrid through Beirán. Tavares continued to be everywhere in defense to add to his tally of rebounds, but the Tenerife side was enjoying some success on triples (71-74, min 37.) Madrid dominated the final two minutes, with four points from Llull and some good defensive work enough to resist the Tenerife comeback (75-84).