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Iberostar Tenerife - Real Madrid

82-91: Madrid beat Tenerife thanks to a great three-pointer performance

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REPORT | 31/03/2019 | Nacho Díaz

They scored fifteen in a game that they were winning by more than 20 points at times.
  • Liga Endesa
  • Matchday 25
  • 31/03/2019
Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín
Real Madrid closed the marathon of matches in March (eleven) with another win, the eighth, fourth in the Endesa League. They beat Iberostar Tenerife who dug in on their court despite having been 21 points down in the third quarter. The home side made the clash difficult for the Whites, who showed a good offensive repertoire (15 three-pointers), ten between Thompkins (4), Llull (3) and Rudy (3), the highest-scoring trio (45 points between the three) for Laso’s side.
The match between Iberostar Tenerife and Real Madrid began with shots from the 6.75 line. The home side were first to register but two from Rudy put the Whites ahead. The first good spell for Laso’s side ended with a +9 (5-14), that they maintained for a while, until the team from the Canary Islands hit a 11-0 run, two and a half minutes for Madrid without scoring, putting the Tenerife team ahead. An unsportsmanlike from Randolph, who was shining with 8 points, was partly to blame in the home-side comeback. A trey from Taylor (the fifth for the Whites) left it at 22-22 after ten minutes.
Imperial Thompkins
Real Madrid
dug in in defense and began to move the ball easily. Laso's men put together a 2-12 partial that punished the home team. A great Ayón led the way, he was unstoppable on the paint (9 points) and an immense Thompkins, who showed his quality and his shooting repertoire with 14 points (4 treys) and finished without missing the basket. A blow for the home team, who with Richotti and Abromaitis cut the distance before going to the locker room at the break (40-49).

Llull makes it 450 games in the ACB. 

The Madridistas continued with their foot on the accelerator and, again, they did it in the form of treys (4 in this quarter). The alternative to Thomkpins came from Llull (3 out of 3 from 6.75) for 15 points in the third quarter for the base-guard. The difference reached over twenty (+21, 45-66) while Iberostar Tenerife had a hard time scoring, but managed to enter the last ten minutes with less of a difference (59-75).
Visible scare
The team from the Canary Islands dreamed of the comeback and Staiger gave them wings with a 3 + 1 and later a trey, with Bassas bringing the Santiago Martín to their feet in just two minutes of the last quarter (69-77). Alarms went for Madrid, who did not have the same fluidity in attack that they had shown earlier. A trey from Rudy again increased the difference to above ten but Bassas stepped up again, with two tree-pointers in a row, taking them to within six (77-83) with less than three minutes left. But Madrid pressed in defense, forced losses, rebounded and recovered via Rudy in the last minute and killed off a match that they dominated for the best part of the game but Tenerife made it difficult for them until the buzzer sounded (82-91).