REPORT | 27/09/2019 | Nacho DíazThe team downed Joventut in a Round 1 contest that the Whites tipped in their favour in the third stanza.
- Liga Endesa
- Matchday 1
The league season got off to a rip-roaring start at Badalona's Olímpico arena, with both teams playing to an extremely high intensity and serving up a frenetic tempo. The teams constantly traded blows with Carroll looking very comfortable (11 points and three from four on treys). For the Penya, the Prepelic-Omic pairing served to turn the result on its head but great work from Garuba (five points on the spin) put Laso's charges in front 22-23).
The Llull effect
It was now time for Joventut and Real Madrid's second strings to step up. The game continued where it left off in the first stanza: fast attacks but now with less success at both ends of the court. Llull was one of the most heavily involved players and netted seven of the Whites' 18-point haul. He was ably supported by the likes of Taylor, Randolph, Deck and Laprovittola, who was returning to his former stomping ground. The madridistas enjoyed a surge, despite the turnovers, in the closing stages to head in at the break with a +5 (36-41).
Campazzo wasn't prepared to let the tempo ease after the restart and was the first player to drive the team on and virtually put the match out of the hosts' reach. Madrid pushed hard in defense and was clinical in offense, with Deck (10 points) incisive in each attack with fouls the only way to stop him. Joventut was now not even sinking any treys or two-pointers and the Whites capitalised on this to further their lead with every passing play. The guests managed to establish a +18 advantage which was cut to +16 on the 30-minute mark (49-65).
La Penya was now facing an uphill struggle and Real Madrid just had to keep plodding on and steer clear of danger. The madridistas did just that in the final stages, when Joventut was desperate as the Whites punished the hosts from the three-point line (two from Taylor and a Laprovittola triple). A pair of free throws from the Swede saw the scoreboard display a lead of over 20 points as Laso turned again to Carroll and Garuba, two of the leading lights from the initial stages. Real Madrid, with Laprovittola calling the shots, showed no let-up at all and emerged as really comfortable winners from this first round match-up (69-88).