REPORT | 28/12/2018 | Nacho DíazThe Whites finish the first half of the campaign in second place after losing to Fenerbahçe in an exciting finale.
- Matchday 15
The possession was white, and so was the first basket and that woke up Fenerbahçe. They took control through Vesely, who came out on top over Ayón. The defensive tangle woven by Obradovic forced Real Madrid to long shots and they were too forced. Only Randolph (6 points) and Carroll (2 treys) could counter that. Llull was sent to the bench for two fouls (an unsporting), Datome didn’t miss (7) and the Czech center continued to pepper the visiting net (22-12).
It was difficult for things to get worse. And then, with the second unit, the reaction came. Madrid began to move the ball in attack with Campazzo looking good and generating open shots, and then came the scoring. Rudy emerged from 6.75 meters and beyond (3 from 3 in this quarter), while the defensive intensity (with the threatening presence of Tavares on the paint) caused discomfort for Fenerbahçe. So much, that they would end up ten point behind in this quarter. A basket from Thompkins left the match as it had started (32-32).
It seemed like it wasn’t Ayón day when he received the third foul, but that looked to bring a reaction. The Mexican got in to the game and he was the one that set the tone in the two zones: 8 points and 5 rebounds, plus a recovery to put Real Madrid back on track. On top of this came another dunk by Randolph in the face of Vesely (like in the first quarter). But in front, the Turks were held together by Datome (7). Until the officials took center stage: first with a technical foul for Laso and then another for Llull, which saw him sent straight to the locker room due to the unsportsmanlike in the first quarter. In any case, the duel was still fairly even (48-44).
The last attack
Ali Muhammed stirred up the Ulker Sports with seven consecutive points whilst for the Whites Randolph, Causeur and Tavares were amongst the points. Carroll, with a trey and a two-point basket brought Madrid to within a point (56-55). Then came a drought of points for Fenerbahçe which lasted five minutes while Rudy scored another trey and Campazzo hit two points that put the Whites six ahead with less than three minutes to play (57-63). But Obradovic’s side reacted with a 5-0 run. There were 34 seconds left and Thompkins wasn’t successful in attack. Six seconds from the end Datome scored a 2 + 1 (65-63). Campazzo ran the court but his shot at the death was kept out by the rim.