With Sertac Sanli as the most outstanding player and leading, most of the time, team formats with ‘little ones’, the barca was imposed by 75-85 in the classic to a Real Madrid that at no time did he feel comfortable on the track. Real Madrid is still the leader, but the Barça team trims differences and depends on himself in order to finish in first position in the regular phase.
The classics are always special and this could not be less with a top start by both teams, more in defense than in attack. Nicholas Laprovittola Y Kyle Curic were the most active in the first few minutes for Barça, while Walter Tavares, on his return after recovering from the COVID-19, returned to be the usual, a nightmare for the rival.
the great defense of the Catalan team allowed him to command the scoreboard, 7-12 (min. 5), but Real Madrid little by little went up the lines and with Niggel Williams-Goss at the controls and the defense of Jeff Taylor turned the situation around to close the first quarter with a 24-18.
In the second act, Sarunas Jasikevicius’s Barça, who seemed to have had a callus stepped on with each rival’s basket, leaned on Kuric, three triples without fail, in Brandon Davis and in Cory HigginsIn addition, of course, Nikola Mirotic, which was very well guarded, to dominate again after a quarter with continuous matches in the light and which ended with 40-42.
Real Madrid had problems facing the rival rim and did not find a reliable and continuous source of points. Neither Guerschon Yabusele or Alberto Abalde or Sergio Llull they were able to give the usual benefits. In reality, none were up to their offensive height beyond concrete and punctual actions.
Pablo Laso, coach of Real Madrid, left out Trey Thompson, for passport reasons, and decided on Williams-Goss and Gaby Deck like the two foreigners on his team in the classic.
After passing through changing rooms, Real Madrid continued with the same offensive dullness harvesting a 0-7 in the first 2.30 minutes (40-49). Four points from Tavares and a triple from Llull put Madrid in the match, 47-51 (m.24), while Sertaç Sanli, from mid and long distance, made the difference again, 50-59 (m.27).
Real Madrid became obsessed with his lack of success in simple baskets and went into pessimistic loop, while Barça followed hard behind and broke with Sanli, due to the lower production of points by Mirotic. With 54-63 the third act ended.
With a format of ‘small’ players, Barça managed to get Real Madrid out of the match. Laso’s they did not feel comfortable on the track at any time, beyond the differences in the marker. Of course, Real Madrid appealed to the epic, lifted from the stands shortly after cutting differences, 63-68 (m.34), and more after a mate from Vincent Poirier, after assistance from Abalde, 65-68 (m.35).
The stands roared again and the classic came to life with 5 minutes to go, when Rudy Fernández scored one of the two free kicks he had, 66-68. Madrid pressed on defense, with Deck, the anti-Mirotic, on the Hispano-Montenegrin, and the tension returned, the equality, the uncertainty, the chess moves of Laso and Jasikevicius and the whole battery of aspects that these matches are supposed to have, including disputed and debatable arbitral decisions.
Barça won the match, 75-85, in a final in which Real Madrid ended up unhinged for the marker and the techniques he received.
Real Madrid, 75: Williams-Goss (7), Abalde (8), Tavares (12), Yabusele (7) and Taylor (8) -starting five-, Randolph, Heurtel (4), Rudy (3), Hanga (3), Deck ( 4), Poirier (8) and Llull (11).
Barcelona, 85: Sanli (17), Smits (3), Laprovittola (9), Kuric (17) and Calathes (4) -first five-, Davies (8), Martínez, Hayes, Higgins (8), Jokubaitis (6) and Mirotic ( 13).
Referees: Bejamín Jiménez, Óscar Perea and Alfonso Olivares. Rudy Fernández was eliminated by techniques (min.40).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixteenth day of the Endesa League played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid before some 8,000 spectators. Real Madrid wore black armbands and a minute of respectful silence was observed in honor of Paco Gento, ex-soccer player for the white club and honorary president of the entity, and ex-basketball player Lorenzo Alocén.