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Madrid bottoms out in Belgrade (65-62)

The Real Madrid He improved his attitude this Tuesday and battled until the end in Belgrade, but ended up adding a new setback that prolongs his worrying crisis of play and results in his visit to Red Star (65-62), before which he ended up succumbing weighed down by another bad afternoon from his shooters, who only hit nine of the 37 triples they threw (24%).

The twenty points Sergio Lullwho had one last pitch to force extra time, and eleven and as many rebounds from Walter Tavares They were not enough to get a team that played in fits and starts back on track and, once again, their offensive production dropped alarmingly.

Continuing with the trajectory shown in their previous commitments, the white team once again disappointed in their staging, exhibiting the same erratic line in attack that had cost them six defeats in their last nine appearances. One more day, their shooters were denied facing the hoop, especially from the triple, where they only hit with one of their nine attempts in the first ten minutes.

The best news for Pablo Laso’s men came at the back, where at least his players made up for their blockage in attack with a fight and a better attitude and hindered the attacks of a rival who didn’t seem to have his best afternoon either.

As the defenses clearly prevailed over the attacks, the points arrived with a dropper and, as a lesser evil, the whites balanced the scoreboard thanks to the success of Guerschon Yabusele and Walter Tavarestop scorers for their team at the end of a balanced first quarter that ended with minimal local advantage (16-15, min 10).

The game went on without an owner for several minutes. Real Madrid lacked more criteria in their bases and insisted on throwing from the 6.75 line, where the percentages were increasingly worrying, especially in the case of Rudy Fernández who missed five in a row. A couple of hits Trey Thompson and Llull they seemed to give air to his team, although it was only a mirage.

The Red Star, who did not have enough outside shooting either, preferred not to abuse from long distance and, led by Nikola Ivanovic, regained control based on a suffocating pressure that paid off by taking advantage of several resolute recoveries with fast counterattacks . In their best minutes to date, they managed to turn the score around after an 11-2 run that reflected the traffic jam of a Spanish team that in five minutes went from winning by two points to being seven down at halftime (35- 28, minute 20).

With 4/20 in triples (20%) and 7/17 in shots from two (41%) in the first twenty minutes, Real Madrid went to the changing rooms with a lot of room for improvement, although at least the disadvantage was manageable little by little that he improved his percentages and minimized errors in the second half.

And so it happened in the resumption. The visitors seemed to come out more in tune and quickly tightened the electronics, although they lost Williams-Goss when he hit a finger at the exit of a block and returned to their old ways from the perimeter, where with six new errors they continued to spoil their statistics and, incidentally, , weighing down their comeback options.

The Serbs, who enjoyed up to eight lead points, also struggled to score, which the Whites took advantage of to get closer based on individual actions until they managed to get within a single point ten minutes from time (43-42, min 30) .

Four points in a row Nikola Kalinic and a triple of Nate Wolters eased the situation for the Serbian team after the restart. Real Madrid responded as best it could to stay in the slipstream, although it was once again diminished by its dismal percentages from outside. With a worrying 57-50 against, Pablo Laso was forced to stop the game with 3.50 left in search of solutions to the traffic jam of his men.

The measure had an immediate effect with a 0-6 run after triples by Llull and Abalde, who came when they needed it most. Once again they were one point down, although three consecutive offensive fouls led to the definitive takeoff of the dejan radonjic after six straight points from Davidovac (63-56, min 38).

When everything seemed decided, Llull made his team dream by hitting two quick triples that raised the score to 63-62 with 13 seconds remaining. The Menorcan had the ball to force extra time in a forced throw, but he did not hit the hoop and the victory stayed in the Serbian capital.

Data sheet:

Red Star, 65 (16+19+8+22): Wolters (12), Hollins (5), Davidovac (13), Kalinic (8) and Kuzmic (1) -starting five-, Lazarevic (-), Lazic (2), Mitrovic (-), Ivanovic (13), White (2) and Dobric (9).

Real Madrid, 62 (15+13+14+20): Williams-Goss (2), Abalde (5), Hanga (4), Yabusele (8) and Tavares (11) -starting quintet-, Heurtel (2), Rudy Fernández (-), Thompkins (6) Llull (20) and Poirier (4).

Referees: Mehdi Difallah, Elias Koromilas and Arturas Sukys. They fouled out Trey Thompkins.

Incidents: Postponed game of the 20th day of the Euroleague basketball played at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade.

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