Real Madrid will continue for another week in the highest of the Euroleague standings after beating French Asvel Villeurbanne at home (71-75) in a match where her dominance went from more to less and in which Gaby Deck raised the team at the moment when victory was most in danger.
The white team visited a favorable rival, who He had not been able to beat him since 2003 and with whom he had a favorable balance of 8-1 in his last 9 meetings. That, added to the disparate position of both in the table, helped the visitors to find themselves comfortable on the track.
The locals held out in the initial stretch, when the lack of success by one and the other caused just four points per side to be scored in almost three and a half minutes. The inefficiency from the perimeter, broken with a triple from Cornelie that allowed his team to get out of a maze in which the French team got trapped. From there, those of Chus Mateo flowed until leaving at the end of the first quarter, doubling in points (10-20).
The break was good for Asvel. Five points from Mathews, three from the only triple they made in the first half despite 12 attempts from him, put them six down. then he broke in Dazan Musa, in one of his habitual bursts of inspiration, to respond with another two long shots that cemented a 2-8 run.
The host rowed again until he once again caught a glimpse of the six-point barrier but once again he found himself stopped in his intentions with a three-pointer, this one by Sergio Rodríguez. From that moment, and until the break, he continued adding Real Madrid in a more recurring way than the opposite. that, and accumulate more than double the number of defensive rebounds, lIt served to take fifteen rent to the locker room (32-47).
Back on the floor, the ones who returned the most plugged in were Nando De Colo and Fabien Causeur, who got involved in an attractive exchange of three-pointers that made them score four in a row alternately. The Spanish team then began to fail in their attacks and paid for it by receiving a 6-0 run that allowed the French to fall within less than ten at the end of the third quarter.
The dynamics, far from slowing down, became a habit at the hands of Obasohan until it mutated into an 8-1 run that placed Asvel only two down. Deck then threw the madridistas on his back, unilaterally signing a 0-6 draw that unraveled the knot and was final in the end.
However, It was not all good news for Chus Mateos’ men, since in the last moments Walter Tavares had to retire with gestures of pain after twisting an ankle at the dawn of a month where Real Madrid’s commitments in the League and Euroleague accumulate.
71 – LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (10+22+22+15): De Colo (13), Noua (-), Bost (7), Risacher (-), Fall (10) -starting five-, Tyus (8), Obasohan (9), Lighty (8), Mathews (13), Kahudi (3), Diot (-).
75 – Real Madrid (20+27+16+12): Williams-Goss (13), Causeur (14), Hezonja (2), Cornelie (5), Tavares (7) -starting five-, Abalde (3), Musa (11), Ndiaye (-), Hanga (-) , Deck (12), Sergio Rodríguez (5), Poirier (3).
referees: Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Piotr Pastusiak (POL) and Mario Majkic (SLO). no deleted
incidents: Match corresponding to day 26 of the Euroleague played at the Astroballe de Villeurbanne.