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Real Madrid - Valencia Basket

78-85: On to the league final!


REPORT | 10/06/2019 | Edu Bueno

Real Madrid posted a resounding 3-0 win in the semi-final playoff series against Valencia Basket  following victory at La Fonteta. The team will now contest its eighth straight title playoff.
  • Playoff Liga Endesa
  • Semi Final (Game 3)
  • Mon, 10 Jun
La Fonteta
Real Madrid continues its unstoppable march in its quest for the league title. The team is now in the final, having won all of its games in the playoff series after downing Valencia Basket on its floor to round off a 3-0 triumph. The Whites had to adapt to a really tough contest but the guests always managed to find a reply to nullify opponents who forced them to be at their warrior-like best throughout the 40 minutes. Rudy (16 points and 5 triples), Randolph (11, 9 rebounds and a PIR of 24), Campazzo (14 and 21), Taylor and Ayón (10 points apiece) paced Madrid to a 15th straight win as Real Madrid and Laso progress to an eighth consecutive final. The opponents will be either Barcelona or  Zaragoza, with the former holding a 2-0 lead in their series.

Valencia Basket started very aggressively in defense and was getting some joy on the outside through Doornekamp and Dubljevic. The hosts, however, didn't manage to scare Real Madrid, despite the guests behind 10-3 down in the third minute. The Whites hit back by giving the hosts some of their own medicine with treys and some strong defending. Taylor and Rudy on two occasions (8 and 6 points), and some solid defending forced the home side into five turnovers as Madrid tore up a run of 2-11 to go ahead for the first time at 12-14 in the 6th minute and the madridistas held the lead throughout the rest of the opening stanza (19-20).
Neither team took charge
The teams continued to level peg until the break after a high-intensity second stanza that featured a 13-3 run for Los Taronjas. Five straight points from Deck had kept Laso's men out in front until the 14th minute (21-25) but the Valencians' surge, paced by an inspired Thomas (7 points), had Real Madrid, who was allowing a lot of points in the paint, against the ropes. However, the guests rolled their sleeves up and showed some character to make up for a lack of accuracy in offense and Campazzo and Ayón are both experts in that department. The duo arrested the home team's surge as the scoreboard showed 38-35 at the end of the first half.

An eighth straight final appearance awaits for Real Madrid.

The contest grew in tension, excitement and aggression in the third stanza. The La Fonteta faithful got right behind its team. Dubljevic further fed that support with four treys and 14 points to once again test Madrid's mental strength. Just when the pressure was at its peak, Real Madrid replied through Randolph (9 points) and some fine plays from Campazzo (3+1 on the buzzer) and a further two treys from Rudy, in what was the team's best offensvie quarter: 28 points and a six-point lead in the 30th minute (57-63).
Todos se multiplican
Velancia Basket wasn't prepared to give up. The hosts still had some energy left but wasn't expecting what the guests had to throw at them. Real Madrid turned to its strength as a unit and each home surge was propmptly met with a team reply: Reyes, Carroll, Campazzo, Ayón and Llull. With the scoreboard displaying 78-79 with two minutes remaining, the madridista defense stopped the home side from scoring, whilst Llull and Campazzo made sure of victory and the third point in the series (78-85, min. 40). Another 3-0 win and on to the final, which is the same result achieved the last two semis, against Unicaja and Gran Canaria. Meanwhile, this win extends the winning streak in the league to 15 games.