Convincing victory ahead of EuroLeague playoff

MATCH REPORT. 17/04/2022. Edu Bueno. Photographer: Víctor Carretero

Real Madrid put on a complete performance, beating Río Breogán on matchday 29 of the league ahead of the playoff clash against Maccabi on Wednesday.

Real Madrid produced a solid display to defeat Río Breogán on matchday 29 of the league. The Whites recorded their 27th victory of the competition after a superb team performance, both in attack and in defence, with six players achieving double-digit scoring, spearheaded by Deck (15 points and 25 in PIR), Williams-Goss (14 and 18) and Tavares (13 and 17). After today’s win at the WiZink Center, Pablo Laso’s men reduce the difference from first place ahead of a crucial week in the EuroLeague with the first two playoff clashes against Maccabi (Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd).
The madridistas began the matchup strongly at both ends of the court, dominating the rebounding against one of the league’s best teams in terms of this area of play, and shooting clinically whenever the opportunity presented itself. The hosts played free-flowing basketball and soon began to open up a lead while keeping Río Breogán at bay. The impressive contributions of Deck (PIR of 13) and Tavares (9) enabled Real Madrid to go 15 points ahead at the end of the first quarter (26-11, min.10). 

Video.90-65: Convincing victory ahead of EuroLeague playoff

Madrid pull clear
Laso made continuous rotations with the aim of maintaining the intensity, while completely nullifying the Galician side. The Whites were now in total control of the contest and started to pull clear in the scoring. First Randolph (8 points without missing) made his mark on the game and then Yabusele and Deck (19 in PIR in the first half) did their part in pinning back the visitors after a brief revival led by Lukovic. Madrid produced another complete quarter to go into the break with a 24-point lead, the biggest of the game (53-29).

The madridistas’ comfortable lead allowed the team to play confidently for the rest of the clash, as Laso made changes with the aim of giving some players a rest ahead of a demanding week ahead.  Even so, the side continued to dominate in the second half of play, showing great balance in all areas of attack, with over 50% in three-point shooting (through the likes of AbaldeDeck, Williams-Goss and Randolph) and the Tavares-Yabusele partnership dominating in the paint. Madrid ended the third quarter 32 points ahead (77-45) against a Río Breogán side who continued to compete until the final buzzer but scored 17 points below their scoring average as the game finish at 90-65. Laso’s men must now prepare for next week’s first EuroLeague playoff, which is in three days’ time (Wednesday 9 pm CET).