REPORT | 04/04/2019 | Nacho Díaz | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor CarreteroThe Whites battled hard after going 16 points behind, but lost to Zalgiris in the last Regular Season game.
- Matchday 30
Tavares dominated from the start, with 4 points, 2 rebounds an a block in just over a minute. Zalgiris played well though, and Westermann came on strong with two consecutive three-pointers. The rhythm of the game was fast, and both sides were accurate, stretching the defense. Ayón helped out on the offense, as he replaced the man from Cape Verde (6 points). It was a constant blow for blow on the scoreboard and Davies and Kavaliauskas made the most of Tavares going off. Randolph, Carroll and Yusta all kept scoring (27-25).
From good to bad
Real Madrid lost their edge in the second quarter, scoring 10 points (con 1 for 10 three pointers). Laso shuffled his pack and gave minutes to Prepelic and Kuzmic, but other than Thompkins (5), the Whites could not score. Zalgiris pounced on the madridista drought, staying dominant. Davies was stellar in the paint and Kavaliauskas scored his free throws. Jasikevicius's finished the first half as leaders (37-46).
The game became defensive and the lack of free-throw accuracy meant neither Real Madrid nor Zalgiris scored for three minutes, until a Grigonis three changed all that. Reyes and Carroll scored despite the Whites' poor offense, and the Lithuanian team went 16 up (45-61). Randolph (7) and Tavares (4) came back into play and helped the madridista cause, as they went past the half hour mark just 6 down (60-66).
Comeback to no avail
Real Madrid kept battling through and the prize looked to be within reach. The Prepelic-Tavares connection was key and the man from Cape Verde got another 8 points, proving unstoppable against Zalgiris who gave away two free-throws and conceded a three from Randolph in under four minutes (77-76). Davies took responsibility for his team (12 points in a row); for the hosts, it was Tavares who led the way. The Lithuanian side went 5 up with 36 seconds to go and ended up sealing the win from the free throw line (86-93).