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Into the Super Cup final

MATCH REPORT. 24/09/2022. Edu Bueno. Photographer: Víctor Carretero (Seville)

Real Madrid defeated Coosur Real Betis in convincing fashion in the semis and will look to defend their title against the winner of Barça-Joventut. Musa delivered a stunning debut (PIR of 33).

Real Madrid were too good for Coosur Real Betis in the semi-finals of the Endesa Super Cup 2022 and will now play their fifth successive final in the competition, their eighth in the last 11 years. As Chus Mateo took charge of his first competitive game as head coach, his team displayed their incredible strength in depth and dominated from start to finish, turning the clash firmly in their favour with a stunning third quarter run of 18-2. Musa enjoyed a sublime debut with 21 points, 7 assists and a PIR of 33. Yabusele, Poirier and Deck joined him in double digits for points scored, while Sergio Rodríguez was back in action for the team for the first time and Hezonja and Cornelie also registered their madridista debuts. The opposition in the showpiece event will come from the clash between Barça and Joventut, to be played tomorrow at 6:30pm.

The first Super Cup semi-final got underway with both teams displaying impressive pace, especially in offense. The verdiblancos enjoyed pint-point accuracy from the three-point line, while Real Madrid opened the court well, using their play to find the best option time and again, often ending in points for Yabusele and Deck (7 and 6 respectively). Around halfway through the first quarter with the score tied at 13, our team stepped up and brought extra men into the point-scoring equation. Chus Mateo used nine players in the opening spell, including debutants Sergio Rodríguez, Musa and Hezonja. A 10-3 run gave the madridistas an early advantage at 16-23 with 8 minutes gone.

Madridistas in control
Casimiro's team weren't about to roll over though and doubled down on their efforts on the triple, coupled with the reigning champions showing less precision under the basket in the second quarter. The game became somewhat stretched and Madrid, superior in defense, punished their rivals on the counter-attack with baskets in the paint. Yabusele and Deck once again were the key men (23 of the team's 43 points in the first half). The scoreboard sat at +10 in our favour (30-40), reduced to 7 at the break after a decent spell by Evans (35-42).

Video.69-100: Into the Super Cup final

After an exchange of blows at the start of the second half, Madrid really upped the intensity, bringing strength at the back and conviction in the paint, alongside precision from 6.75. Deck set our team on the way (a stunning display), opening a run which was taken up by his teammates in a slick exhibition of offensive  basketball. Musa, Llull with two of his typical triples, Tavares and Poirier took the deficit to 20 points following an 18-2 run (44-64, min. 29).

Unstoppable Madrid
Despite this being the opening game of the season, Chus Mateo's boys kept the rhythm high as they took the lead to over 30 points, showing signs of their blistering offensive potential, spearheaded by Musa. The Bosnian forward is not only points either (top madridista scorer today with 21 on his debut), as he created chance after chance for his teammates. By the end, some five players hit double figures in PIR. Cornelie came on for his debut and Madrid will be involved in the first title-decider of the season (69-100, min.40). Earning a place in this year's final saw our team break the record for consecutive Super Cup wins: 9. The run began back in 2018, and eclipses the TAU Cerámica streak from 2005 to 2008.

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