Victory in Gran Canaria to close Regular League season

MATCH REPORT. 14/05/2022. Edu Bueno

Madrid put on another dazzling offensive display in their second match in four days to hit 90 points and go into the Final Four on the back of nine straight wins.

Real Madrid brought the ACB Regular Season to a close with the team’s 25th victory of the campaign away at Gran Canaria to extend their run to nine wins on the bounce ahead of the EuroLeague Final Four showdown. With Thursday’s clash firmly on their minds, Pablo Laso’s men played at great intensity, showing drive and focus to put on a complete display, particularly in the first half when they opened up a 17-point lead. The Whites then managed the advantage superbly as Gran Canaria applied the pressure – the hosts themselves looking to secure a playoff spot. Yabusele (13 points and 15 in PIR) spearheaded a clinical offence, along with Randolph (12), Llull (11), Williams-Goss (11) and Tavares (10) who also recorded double-digit scoring. The madridistas must now face Baxi Manresa in the quarter-finals

Madrid got off to a strong start at the Gran Canaria Arena, showing great focus in defence, while setting the tone in attack right from the tip-off. On the counterattack, Hanga demonstrated immense physicality (5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist), along with fine precision from static positions and the three-point line. Williams-Goss with seven points was our team's standout performer in the first quarter (17-23, min.10). The hosts trailed but had their best spell of the game at the start of the second with the Ennis-Balcerowsky partnership taking it to 23-26, but that was the closest they came. The solidity of this Madrid side, who did not appear to be facing a fixture as important as the Final Four in five days' time, hit the hosts hard.

Video.83-91: Victory in Gran Canaria to close Regular League season

Eight points from Randolph, five from Taylor, two three-pointers from Llull combined with the efforts of Tavares and Poirier near the hoop ensured the Whites led by 15 in the 18th minute at 27-42. A deficit that the home team reduced again between the end of the first half and the start of the second following another strong start, this time spearheaded by Chery and Diop. However, with the score at 46-51, the madridistas responded with a determined rally. The visitors produced a 3-15 run, nine of them from an outstanding Yabusele, to restore Madrid's dominance. Ennis strove to keep his side in the game, but Randolph showed that he is back to his best. The power forward's 3+1 closed the third quarter with our side 13 points up (57-70).

Another fine offensive display
Gran Canaria needed a heroic performance and pushed hard to avoid missing out on a playoff berth. Yet Madrid displayed an extraordinary level of focus and countered every basket from Ennis and Albicy. First through Poirier, then Williams-Goss, and once again Yabusele in another show of unity and collective strength, with five players reaching double figures in scoring and PIR. Two free throws from Llull brought the final score to 83-91 as Madrid reached the 90-point mark for the second successive game and the fourth in less than a month. The Regular Season comes to a close and the Whites must now turn their attention to the big matchup in Belgrade when they go head-to-head with Barcelona in the semi-finals of the EuroLeague (Thursday, 9 pm CET).