REPORT | 25/10/2018 | Nacho Díaz | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel MartínezThe Whites dominated the game from the start and remain unbeaten.
- Matchday 4
Buducnost came out without fear but Real Madrid quickly began to assert themselves with two triples by Randolph and Causeur. Then came a point-scoring deadlock between the two teams. The Whites were reluctant to play in the paint and opened their shooting, until they found Tavares, who scored 6 consecutive points and took 6 rebounds in the first period. The visitors stayed in the game though thanks to the prolific Gordic (9). Llull finished a lovely lay-up to make it 21-15.
Increasing the deficit
Real Madrid's defensive intensity stepped up a touch, forcing the Montenegran side into quicker, uncomfortable shots which bounced out time and again. The Whites were the first to pull away on the scoreboard with a 9-0 led by Ayón, Campazzo and Reyes. It was a fine quarter for the captain, who gave an exhibition of how to play under the hoop generating second phases. Buducnost still continued, driven on by Omic (6) and Jackson (4). Rudy took the result further out of their reach though, with two triples (44-31).
Madrid upped the pressure once again and effectively made sure of the win with a 10-0 run straight after the break. Buducnost went almost six minutes without finding the net and that was ultimately their undoing. The Whites' points-scoring, many from free-throws, came from three pairs of hands: ten points for Taylor (two trademark triples from wide), six for Randolph and five for Llull. The visitors put a bit more gloss on their offensive game with 13 points but the difference already exceeded twenty (65-44).
Points for all
The game was dead to all intents and purposes but Real Madrid weren't about to let up. The start was a carbon copy of the third quarter, with an 8-0 run as Carroll and Ayón led the way while Buducnost failed to notch a point. The Whites' offensive exhibition, which also left the visitors with just 11 points, was joined by every player in the squad in the closing spell: Deck, Campazzo and Prepelic all got involved to ensure all 12 found the basket in front of the WiZink Center fans as they celebrated the fourth win for Laso's men in Euroleague (89-55).