REPORT | 03/09/2020 | Edu Bueno | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor CarreteroThe Whites put on a fantastic display to clinch their third win with just over a week until the Super Cup.
- Thu, 03 Sep
The madridistas were quickly up against a Baskonia side who looked solid in defense and swift up top. Giedraitis had his eye in, scoring by the threes (3 triples and 12 points), and making the difference in the first quarter to stretch the visitors' lead to 12 points (11-23, min. 9). Laso's men fell back on their impressive offensive rebound and streaks by Thompkins, starting his first game back, Abalde and Garuba, ensuring the opposition didn't get out of sight (16-25, min. 10).
The Whites' improvement came in full force in the second quarter. Defensive attitude and patience in offence saw the team's play click into gear. They endured an inspired spell by Peters thanks to Deck's response (13 points in the quarter) and with 15 minutes gone, showed some of their best defense with Campazzo, Rudy and Albalde on the outside. The offense listened, and reacted with 29 points. Llull posted 8 to lead a 17-8 run, to put the scores at 45-46 at the break.
The physical intensity flipped up a notch in the second half. Real Madrid didn't back down as Baskonia tried to assert themselves, but rather shackled Ivanovic's men, who managed just 6 points in the third quarter. The Whites completed the turnaround with Campazzo pulling the strings and Thompkins and Garuba finishing some fine attacking moves to end the period +14, the biggest deficit of the game thanks to a 21-6 run (66-52, min. 30). Madrid maintained their concentration levels and their offensive cogs were whirring now, this time with Reyes, Rudy and Randolph coming to the fore and handing their team a 20-point lead to clinch the latest victory (88-73, min. 40).
REAL MADRID 88 (16+29+21+22): Campazzo (14), Abalde (7), Taylor (0), Randolph (6) and Thompkins (9) -starting five-, Rudy (6), Llull (8), Taylor (0), Laprovittola (1), Carroll (4), Reyes (10), Deck (13) and Garuba (10)
TD SYSTEMS BASKONIA 73 (25+21+6+21): Henry (18), Vildoza (4), Giedraitis (15), Polonara (4), Diop (4), -starting five-, Carrington (0), Raieste (2), Sedekerskis (-), Jekiri (5), Peters (14), Sow (-) and Dragic (7).