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Heurtel three-pointer in the final seconds secures the spoils against Urbas Fuenlabrada

MATCH REPORT. 14/11/2021. Rodrigo Salamanca

Real Madrid edged an evenly matched game to collect its second win in less than 48 hours and remain undefeated away from home in the league.

Real Madrid earned a hard-fought victory against Urbas Fuenlabrada (85-88) in round ten of the Endesa League. Despite Madrid’s dominance during the first quarter, the game was evenly-balanced all the way to the final buzzer. It needed a sensational three-pointer by Heurtel in the final seconds to decide the matchup. Both the point guard, with 12 points and PIR of 22, and Causeur (19 and 21) were the standout performers in our team’s second victory in less than 48 hours to remain undefeated away in the league.

After Friday's win against Zalgiris, Real Madrid returned to league action away at Urbas Fuenlabrada. Pablo Laso's charges got off to a flying start from three-point range courtesy of two in a row from Causeur and another from Yabusele. The contributions from Abalde and Tavares led to a 3-17 run in the space of five minutes. The team's outstanding offensive play continued, orchestrated by Heurtel (seven assists), to seal a high-scoring first quarter for the visitors (20-34).
 
Fuenlabrada responds
Real Madrid's defensive efficiency dropped and Raventós's team took full advantage to record an 11-2 run in three minutes courtesy of Novak’s and Ristic's shooting from distance. Madrid failed to respond and its opponent, spearheaded by Emegano (12 points), managed to come back to bring the score to 43-41 (17'). The contest reached halftime with a tight 49-47 score line.

Video.85-88: Heurtel three-pointer in the final seconds secures the spoils against Urbas Fuenlabrada

After the re-start, Urbas Fuenlabrada sustained the intensity it showed in the second quarter.  The hosts' quick transitions and the shooting precision from the likes of Emegano (100% from outside) and Novak (12 points) resulted in an eight-point lead for the hosts in the 28th minute. The Whites fought back with some solid defending, but Aleksander's presence in the closing stages of the third quarter helped the hosts stay ahead at the end of the third quarter (69-66).
 
Sensational three-pointer from Heurtel
The match was going to be decided in the last 10 minutes. Laso's troops started the period very strongly with a 0-6 run, but in the 33rd minute Tavares was penalised with a double technical disqualification. Llull then popped up with two three-pointers to make it 72-76. However, Fuenlabrada was not finished and Emegano drew level with 20 seconds left with a three-pointer (85-85). But on the last possession, Heurtel stepped up with a sensational three-pointer on the buzzer to hand Real Madrid its ninth win in the league.

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