Real Madrid rounded off a great week with their third win in just 6 days in Murcia, after the wins in the Euroleague double-header against Alba Berlin and Olimpia Milan. Despite the numerous absentees (Causeur being the latest with COVID-19) and the injuries pikced up by Alocén and Rudy during the game, our team displayed their quality and confirmed their position as leaders and best team on the road with their seventh away win on a court where only Unicaja had previously won. Williams-Goss and Poirier had their best game for Madrid. The Frenchman ended with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 31 PIR in 19:53 minutes and the American point guard, with 18 and 25.
Real Madrid had to pass another tough test at the Palacio de Deportes de Murcia. Chus Mateo's team began the game very focused, defending well against the best offence in the competition and with a very high offensive rhythm. Less than 5 minutes had passed before they had already registered 19 points with only one missed shot and with unstoppable Williams-Goss (7 points in 5 minutes) and Poirier (10 in 7). At 7-19 on the scoreboard, the home side stepped up a gear with Bellas and McFadden on the court, but Madrid controlled the first onslaught to take a +8 lead from the opening quarter (17-25, min. 10).
A very determined Madrid
Sito Alonso's men continued to exert pressure until they were within 3 points (24-27, min. 12). The Palacio de los Deportes livened up and the decibels increased as the pressure mounted for the madridistas who, displayed a show of maximum concentration, hitting back at every attempt at a fightback from their opponents with strength and togetherness. Williams-Goss and Poirier (finished with 25 points between them in the first half) were joined by Rudy, leading a 7-0 run, and Llull, in the final stretch of the first half, which ended 35-45 in favor of our team after a basket on the buzzer by youth player Juan Núñez.
Video.71-80: Poirier and Williams-Goss spearhead third win of the week
The difficulty intensified after the break, as the madridistas were missing Alocén and Rudy having picked up injuries. UCAM Murcia came out strong and hit back with offensive rebounds and three-pointers. The leaders, however, lacking the continuity in attack that they had shown up until then, worked hard for every basket, with one person standing out above the rest: Poirier. The French centre, with 8 straight points out of the 20 he ended the third quarter with, was the driving force behind our team keeping control of the game (52-59, min. 30).
A scintillating level
Madrid were unable to close out the game until the final minutes as UCAM Murcia never gave up. They demonstrated their strength which they're playing with this season and their outstanding defensive level, leaving their opponents 16 points behind their average. Williams-Goss and Poirier did the rest, unstoppable all afternoon (scoring 42 points and 56 PIR between them) and producing their best performance in our jersey. An alley-oop connection from them, finished off by the Frenchman, gave Madrid a lead of more than ten points (54-67, min. 33). A difference they controlled thanks to the late contributions of Yabusele and Llull to wrap up a great victory on the court of the fourth-placed team (71-80).