REPORT | 21/09/2018 | Edu Bueno (Santiago) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor CarreteroReal Madrid downed the hosts, Monbus Obradoiro, and will now do battle for the title with Baskonia.
- Super Cup
- Semi final (Endesa Supercop)
Well aware of the added difficulty involved in facing the hosts with over 5,000 fans against you, Real Madrid was in uncompromising mood right from top-off, preventing the home side from feeding on the excellent atmosphere generated by the home gallery. From the off, the team showcased many of its strengths to dominate in the first quarter. In defense, the team afforded the hosts just 12 points, whilst in terms of the roster 11 of the 12 team members were involved, including Prepelic and Deck, who made their competitive debuts; and the guests evidenced all of its team spirit. That Tavares commited two personal fouls early on didn't affect the team at all. Randolph (seven points) and Llull (five) were the leading lights of an offense that was enjoying more joy close to the basket, with a 70% success rate (12-20, min. 10).
Galicians apply pressure
Everything seemed to be firmly under control for Laso 's charges, who held an 11-point lead at the start of the second stanza (12-23). However, not only did
Obradoiro keep themselves in the game, they went toe-to-toe with the Whites. The hosts sunk a number of treys in quick succession through Vasileiadis and Stephens and capitalised as the guests average of top-pointers dipped. The hosts' improvement in offense saw them close in and leave the scoreline at
34-40 at the interval.
Laso struck the perfect balance between offense and defense with the starting five he fielded at the beginning of the third quarter. His team began to sink points from the outside, whilst showing the solidity seen in the first half. This combination put paid to Obradoiro's chances, with the home side unable to offer any sort of reponse. Randolph and Tavares dominated in the zone; Causeur and Taylor did a great job in defense on the opposition's shooters and the brilliant Llull called the shots. He confirmed what he had said ahead of the game: "I'm firing on all cyclinders". He paced the team (six assists) and posted 10 of his 17-point return in just eight minutes. The third quarter ended with a run of 28-8 (42-68).
Game management and on to the final
There isn't much to report on the final quarter owing to the fact that Real Madrid didn't allow the Galicians to engineer a way back into the game, despite the home side's success on triples, which saw them reduce the madridistas' biggest lead of the night (+30 46-76, min. 34). Deck,enjoyed some fine minutes as he showcased his quality and scoring ability. The team equalled the club record for the best defense in a Super Cup match, equalling the 61 points it allowed CAI Zaragoza in the 1984/85 season. Three months on from its last final, Real Madrid will now contest another showpiece.