Friday, March 24, 2023

Baskonia defeats Madrid again in the Euroleague

Matthew Costellowith 20 points and 5 of 8 triples, and Darius Thompsonwho scored 18 and 4 of 7 triples, assaulted Madrid and were vital to the 81-85 victory of a baskonia that for the third time in the season defeats Real Madrid.

Darius Thompson and Maik Kotsar were the players that Baskonia grabbed for stop a Real Madrid team that came out loose in attack and focused on defense, with Walter ‘Edy’ Tavares on the bench, but with Adam Hanga and Nigel Williams-Goss very focused.

After the first minutes of testing, Thompson gave ample evidence of his quality as a player, but Guerschon Yabusele’s entry with great energy and that of Tavares were enough to close the first quarter with 22-17.

Real Madrid prepared a specific defensive plan for Markus Howard and also for Thompson, without neglecting the rest. Howard, with 5 points at halftime, and Thompson, with 9, couldn’t show off too much due to their vigilance.

With Tavares playing with precautions and fewer minutes than usual, due to the sprained ankle that occurred last Friday Against Villeurbanne, Poirier assumed a greater role, fulfilling in attack and having some mistakes in defense.

Baskonia, with Matthew Costello scoring two triples, took the lead on several occasions, although Real Madrid managed to go to the locker room ahead, 43-40despite his serious problems with turnovers.

The rest suited the team from Vitoria better, which regained control on the scoreboard, 47-52 (min.24)with Kotsar, Thompson and a triple by Vanja Marinkovic.

The visiting gap extended to the 50-59 (m.25) despite Dzanan Musa’s scoring awakening and Tavares’ return to the track. The defenses of both teams increased their energy, but Real Madrid knew how to get out of the first mess, 60-59 (m.28), after a 10-0 run in less than 3 minutes with triples included from Rudy and Musa.

At the end of the third quarter, 65-62 and the feeling that Baskonia had missed a great opportunity.

Thompson evened the contest with a triple and the two teams went to fight in the trenches. Musa, with two triples, equaled those of Giedraitis and Howard.

The match was in its decisive phase and a counterattack dunk by Gabriel Deck, his first two points, and two baskets by Tavares began to unbalance the faithful of the scales, 78-71 (m.35.20).

Costello, with his fourth triple, and Howard, with the third of his personal account, equalized the clash, 79-79, with 96 seconds remaining. of game.

A posting race basket from Deck made it 81-79, after which they arrived a mistake in the triple by Marinkovic and another in a penetration by Musa. Costello, taking advantage of a defensive failure, put the tie at 81 with 35.6 seconds remaining.

A block from Hommes to Tavares and a triple in extremis from Costello with additional put the final 81-85. Real Madrid interrupted their positive streak and Baskonia won their third game against the white team this season.

Data sheet:

81 – Real Madrid (22+21+22+16): Williams-Goss (6), Hanga (6), Deck (4), Poirier (10) and Musa (21) -starting five-, Causeur (1), Rudy Fernández (9), Hezonja (2), Sergio Rodríguez ( 3), Tavares (13) and Yabusele (6).

85 – Baskonia (17+23+22+23): Marinkovic (3), Thompson (18), Kotsar (13), Giedraitis (6) and Hommes (2) -starting five-, Howard (11), Heidegger (5), Sedekerkis (0), Díez (3), Enoch (4), Costello (20) and Kurucs (0).

Referees: Damir Javor (SLO), Emin Mogulkoc (TUR) and Gytis Vilius (LIT). No deleted.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-seventh day of the Euroleague played at the Palacio de los Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid before 7,286 spectators.


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