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Laso: “We had a very complete second half”

NEWS STORY. 09/01/2022

"The team is performing very well and we're on the right track", explained Heurtel after the victory in Badalona.

Pablo Laso and Heurtel discussed Real Madrid's 71 a 90 win against Joventut. The coach was full of praise for the team's performance: " We put in a good performance but we have to give a lot of credit to Joventut who changed the tempo of the game, dominating the rebounding and changing the rhythm of the game having the best minutes of the game. We put in a very complete second half performance, even though the difference on the scoreboard was probably bigger than what we actually managed to achieve with the success we had in the last few minutes. I'm happy with the win, as we knew it was going to be a difficult game. All credit goes to my players who read the game well and played good basketball in the second half to get the win".

"Joventut were impressive thanks in part to having the number one and five positions very well covered. If you factor in the rest, they are a very complete team. We had to work hard to wear them down and not let them have an easy game. We gradually imposed ourselves on them. We understood that we had to improve certain situations that caused us problems in the first half, such as offensive rebounding. In the second half, we dominated the rebounding and that allowed us to get into the rhythm of the game and improve our offensive actions".

Team performance
"Heurtel was very good in the final quarter. Llull was also key in the final minutes of the second and third quarters. Taylor's defensive work throughout the game was also decisive. Everyone stuck to the game plan in a season where we need everyone. One day one it's one players turn and another day it's someone else, but everyone has to know their importance to the team".

Yabusele's renewal
"I'm very happy that he will remain with us. I'm very happy he's re-signed. We get a lot of balance defensively and offensively from him. He's mobile and he runs the court. On top of that, he also gives us a lot on defence, rebounding and physicality. He's been very solid in every area and really helped us get the win".

Heurtel: "We changed our mindset after the break"
"We knew it was going to be difficult. We were up against a very good team. They had a very good first half. They came out and played with intensity but after the break we changed our mindset and got the win".

"Laso instils confidence in me. I spoke to him after the first half and he told me to be more aggressive, to play my game and it turned out well. We're doing very well and off the back of the COVID-19 situation, and we're on the right track".