REPORT | 09/03/2019 | Nacho DíazThe Whites were ahead for almost the entire game as they picked up their 17th league win of the season.
- Liga Endesa
- Matchday 22
The Whites were not about to come to the Olímpico in relaxed fashion and they showed just how switched on they were from the tip-off. Llull opened the scoring before Joventut reacted with six consecutive points following a glut of madridista turnovers to go ahead for the only time in the clash (6-2). A triple from our number 23 and eight in a row from an inspired Causeur put the first real points on the board. Harangody brought the hosts back level, before Tavares, ever robust in defense, and Randolph, took the scores to +5 at the end of the first period (17-22).
The Whites take the initiative
The fluidity which had characterised the first ten minutes, disappeared swiftly in the following spell with a range of fouls disrupting the rhythm of the tie and forcing the big players to the free-throw line. Real Madrid played this to their advantage with a fine Campazzo (9 points), aided by Rudy (5), and they wrested the initiative, maintaining their lead at around the seven-point mark. A triple from the Argentine point guard took it to a maximum +9, but his compatriot Laprovittola brought it back to 36-43.
La Penya came out after the break determined to ensure the Whites didn't take the game away from them and Harangody brought his side back to within three points. They made life harder for Madrid in offense and Llull and Deck were needed to break the Whites' drought around the hoop. The Argentine ace was on fire for the ten-minute spell, helping out on the rebound (5), drawing fouls and netting points (8). Not only did he make sure the local efforts didn't come to more, he also increased his side's advantage. A spectacular Llull - Tavares alley-oop made it 48-60 with half an hour gone.
Battle from the 6.75
Joventut still had a bit left in their arsenal and began to shoot from the 6.75, sinking well as Boungou-Colo and Laprovittola (2) neutralized a Deck effort. Rudy then joined the party, producing one of his own to become the seventh-highest three-point scorer in league history (737), eclipsing Bullock. Another by the hosts' Argentine point guard had the Olímpico dreaming of a turnaround (64-68), but the Whites' forward got it right again from distance before Taylor finished off a counter-attack to quell any lingering hopes. Real Madrid were able to evade their opposition's defensive intensity in the final 2:30 and made sure of the win, again from the 6.75, with two in a row from Taylor and another for Rudy who enjoyed a phenomenal decisive quarter (74-83).