Baxi Manresa-Real Madrid: all out to secure semi-finals spot

NEWS STORY. 28/05/2022. Edu Bueno

The Whites lead the series 1-0 and will be looking to win the tie at the Nou Congost this evening (4:30pm CET).

Real Madrid head to Manresa with the objective of sealing a place in the Liga semi-finals. After Wednesday’s victory at the WiZink Center, Pablo Laso’s men will go in search of a second win at the Nou Congost, where they have triumphed on their last 19 visits, which would clinch the best-of-three series.

After the first clash, Laso said he believed today’s matchup would be totally different. The madridistas face a Manresa team that simply has to win at what will be a vibrant arena. Madrid have recorded seven wins on the bounce in the league since overcoming Río Breogán on matchday 29 of the Regular Season. In this run, the Whites have racked up 90 points or more in five of these games, with an average of 89 points in this period, whilst remaining solid in defence (77 points conceded on average). Meanwhile, Baxi Manresa slipped to defeat on five of the last six matchdays.

Video.Baxi Manresa-Real Madrid: all out to secure semi-finals spot

Madrid will hoping for a repeat display of the game played 72 hours ago, but it will definitely not be a walk in the park for the visitors. In the first clash, our side gave Manresa no chance (93-76), dominating the play from the tip-off and showing superiority on the rebounding (52 to 26). Madrid limited the league’s best attack to just 29 points going into the break. However, Pedro Martínez’s men are an energetic and highly competitive side, who are difficult to stop once they get into the flow of scoring.

A record of 19 wins bodes well
Real Madrid’s record at the Nou Congost since the 1998/99 season speaks for itself. The last time they emerged victorious was on matchday 17 this term (87-92), spearheaded by Tavares who recorded double-digit scoring (19 points, 13 rebounds and 32 in PIR). Captain Sergio Llull continues to write his name in the playoff history books and is only three assists away from becoming the top assist provider in the knockout phase for the title. He could also leapfrog another former Madrid player, Joe Arlauckas, as the fifth most valued player of all time. But first things first, the team must seal its place in the semi-finals.