REPORT | 18/11/2020 | Edu Bueno | PHOTOGRAPHER: Pedro CastilloSublime display from the Whites to claim 4th consecutive win in EuroLeague. Campazzo, Deck and Randolph, each with 21 PIR.
- Matchday 9
- Wed, 18 Nov
The most-played match-up in the history of the EuroLeague saw the teams go head-to-head for the 61st time, with Real Madrid setting the pace in attack. With a dominant Campazzo (5 points and 6 assists) and a sublime display from the three-point line (6 scored), the Whites recorded 29 points, with 10 from Deck, in a great first quarter. Despite their offensive potential, the visitors were no match for the Whites, who reached their highest lead in the 10th minute at 29-18.
Solid Madrid defence contains the visitors
The game slightly lost its rhythm in attack in the second quarter, but Real Madrid contained the visitors well with a solid performance in defence. Wilbekin, Dorsey and Bryant were restricted (16 points between the three) and with each Maccabi attempt to get closer, a Madrid player was there to frustrate the attackers. First it was Rudy, omnipresent until he was replaced by Carroll on 15' after a knock on the knee; then Garuba, with great defensive minutes on Zizic; and later Llull, who helped increase the lead to +13 at halftime (45-32).
Maccabi applied the pressure in the third quarter which led to a ten-point scoring run by Wilbekin (50-43, min. 25). But Real Madrid remained calm and focussed. Tavares then made his presence felt at both ends and steadied the ship for the Whites, who countered each visiting point in this period (62-50, min. 30).
A comfortable Madrid
The hosts' fluidity in attack and intensity at the back was an insurmountable obstacle for the visitors, with Laso's men reducing their scoring average by almost 20 points. At the same time, Campazzo, Llull and Randolph were adding their contribution to help seal a brilliant 79-63 victory. Now Laso's players must quickly turn their attention to their next important match at the WiZink Center against Fenerbahçe (Friday, 9:00 pm CET).
STATISTICS FROM REAL MADRID-MACCABI