a tenacious real Madrid This Tuesday he overcame the pressure of a notable Valencia Basket which, illuminated by the excellent first quarter of Brandon Daviestook him to the limit but he saw how Facu Campazzo With four points in the last minute they brought down the victory for the visiting side (73-76).
Far from being cowed by Walter Tavares’ great start to the season, Valencia started with the clear idea of attacking the Cape Verdean led by Brandon Davies. Pillo forced him to open up to score his shots, but, also daring, he confronted him and even challenged him with a semi-hook.
In ten minutes of absolute inspiration and with eight of nine field goals, The American interior added eighteen of the twenty-six points in the first quarterturned on Fonteta and with the help of Damien Inglis allowed his team compensate for the notable start of the Argentines Facu Campazzo and Gabi Deck (26-24, m.10).
The example of his teammate and the environment pushed the local second unit to maintain intensity and reinforced their confidence in attack. The Stefan Jovic’s penetrations on Sergio Rodríguez raised local income (37-29, m.14) and they took Chus Mateo to sit him down to return command to Campazzo.
The return of the Argentine had an immediate effect on his team, which had no difficulty in getting on track, but limited in time because he was neutralized by the return of Davies, who gained a partner in Semi Ojeleye. Nine points almost in a row from him allowed the locals to take the lead at halftime with a basket at the buzzer by Chris Jones (49-43, m.20).
Mateo made use of the until then unpublished Fabien Causeur at the beginning of the third quarter to ‘blind’ Jones and with him Valencia. The move went perfectly and in less than three minutes, Madrid, with its Argentine duo of stilettos, took the lead. The locals did not collapse but everything was much more difficult for them and Dzan Musa joined his companions to give consistency to the new script (57-60, m.26).
In a much more difficult context, the second local unit kept Valencia hooked on the clash. But at the beginning of the last quarter, Madrid, again with ‘Chacho’ Rodríguez at the controls, began to score again with a certain fluidity, largely due to the attraction that Tavares generated. His departure to the bench after a blow to his right knee opened a new scenario with everything to be decided (66-67, m.36).
But a couple of minutes later he returned and hardly anything had happened. Chris Jones assumed scoring responsibility for the locals and Mario Hejonza for the visitors… until Campazzo appreciated. With a bold entrance He put his team ahead with thirty seconds remaining and a double failure by Jones and Inglis put him against the ropes and the Argentine finished him off. with two free throws
73 – Valencia Basket (26+23+13+11): Jones (12), López-Arostegui (4), Claver (-), Inglis (12), Davies (22) – starting five – Puerto (-), Reuvers (2), Pradilla (-), Jovic (4), Touré (4), Robertson (-) and Ojeleye (13).
76 – Real Madrid (24+19+20+13): Campazzo (15), Musa (10), Deck (17), Yabusele (5), Tavares (6) – starting five – Causeur (-), Rudy Fernández (6), Abalde (-), Hejonza (12), Sergio Rodríguez (-), Poirier (-), and Llull (5).
Referees: Radovic (CRO), Laurinavicius (LTU) and Halliko (EST). No eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the eighth day of the regular phase of the Euroleague played in the Fonteta pavilion in front of almost eight thousand spectators.