04/27/2021 at 9:17 PM CEST
Real Madrid, led by a stoic Sergio Llull in the last minutes, turned a game that was losing for more than 30 and won 80-76. The white team is still alive.
Real Madrid, 80
(15 + 13 + 20 + 32): Alocén, Carrol (7), Abalde (11), Tyus (10) and Garuba (10) -the starting five- Causeur (9), Rudy Fernández (3), Llull (20) , Laprovittola, Taylor (2), Thompkins (8) and Vukcevic
Anadolu Efes, 76
(15 + 23 + 20 + 18): Larkin (6), Sanli (7), Moerman, Micic (29) and Simon (3) -the starting five- Beaubois (18), Anderson, Dunston (9), Singleton (4 ) and Pleiss
Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Fernando Rocha (POR) and Anne Panther (ALE). Without eliminated
Third game of the playoff for the title played behind closed doors at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZik Center) in Madrid
Without Walter Tavares, without solutions in the last three games against Anadolu Efes, with a stellar Vasilije Micic and almost no time to react, Real Madrid took pride in of a champion team to extend the series.
Real Madrid surprised at the beginning with a 1-2-2 zonal defense, which held just two minutes, and then start the defense in the zone and go to man next.
Little starting score
The result was that Anadolu Efes did not score their first point until 4.30 minutes. The problem was that Real Madrid did not take advantage of the circumstance and only managed a 5-0 in this time. From there, Real Madrid began to fight with itself in attack. Almost nothing came out and little by little he became frustrated.
The first quarter, among some things and others, ended in a draw at 15, but in the second act and in the first 3 minutes the Turkish team achieved a partial of 2-12 (17-27) that forced Real Madrid to row against the current.
Rodrigue Beaubois with three triples without failure was the pylon hammer of an Anadolu without pressure, which gave the feeling that without playing at the top of revolutions, it was enough for him to shoot individual quality in some actions to dominate the scoreboard.
Madrid suffers in attack
Shane Larkin with more than 14 minutes on the court did not score a single point, missing all three of his 3-pointers, but Real Madrid suffered in every attack and finished the first 20 minutes with only 28 points scored, to 38 for Anadolu.
Only Fabien Causeur, with 9 points at halftime, seemed a bit more successful, along with Sergio Llull, 5 points. Real Madrid scored 2 of 12 triples and 9 of 19 from 2-point shots. If you add the 9 losses to that, almost everything is clear.
Pablo Laso, Real Madrid coach, tried everything, with the area, not assigning a bulldog to Larkin or Vasilije Micic, but his team did not take advantage of the low tone of the Turks in attack, that not in defense, and was sinking in his own failures facing the rim.
The Anadolu, calm ahead
Things did not change at the beginning of the third quarter, with Anadolu scoring, with Micic stellar, and with Real Madrid missing shots and committing new losses, 30-45 (m.22).
Real Madrid kept fighting to stay in the game, but Micic’s great performance (22 points in the 27th minute) he undone in an instant all the work of the local team, 40-55 (m.27).
At the end of the third quarter, 48-58, after equaling the set with a 20-20, the fruit of agonizing work.
White miraculous reaction
With 48-62, in the first minute and 15 seconds of the last quarter and, above all, with the feeling that Real Madrid had no chance of trying to win, the party was languishing.
A triple by Llull and a free throw after a technique to Larkin cut the lead, 55-64 (m.32.45). And a 2 + 1 from Alberto Abalde left the advantage at 8, 58-66. But a triple from Larkin and another from Micic, they put distance in between again on the track, 59-72 (m.34).
Llull became the leader of a desperate Real Madrid, of a team that fought until the end against a superior rival and his own mistakes.
When the match seemed doomed to the Turkish 3-0, Llull continued to believe and 57 seconds to go Rudy Fernández with a lateral triple rose 78-76. The nerves for the Turks and Madrid coming from behind, with Usman Garuba doing a physical waste as always, he put the finishing touch, 80-76, to a victory against the impossible.