Sunday, December 10, 2023

Madrid tries to turn the page by going back to Zaragoza

Real Madrid woke up in time from their lethargy, which made them losing to Zaragoza by up to 14 points in the second quarter, to get a 93-86 victory, thanks to the good contribution by Gabriel Deck, Sergio Llull, Nigel Williams-Goss and Dzanan Musa.

Borisa Simanic, with 4 of 5 triples in the first half, was one of the great people responsible for Casademont Zaragoza will reach the break dominating the score by 35-40.

Santi Yusta and Iván Cruz also created many problems for the ineffective defense of a Real Madrid that was dull, without spark, without ideas and without energy.

Except for the first minutes, from 6 to 9 in which Chus Mateo’s men achieved an 11-0 run from 8-8 to 17-8, Madrid did not find the right tempo of the game, neither the necessary ideas, nor the success to counteract the handy team.

Gabriel Deck was the most focused of a team that only scored 4 of 17 triples and that he was lost in despair for so much failure. Not even the zone defense in the last minutes of Madrid’s second quarter stopped a Zaragoza that grew in its performance as the game progressed.

The problems grew for Real Madrid in the continuation with a 0-7 start for the Aragonese team in the first minute and a half, a new triple by Simanic included, to reach 35-47, which Yusta increased the lead to 14 points shortly after.

Nigel Williams-Goss and Dzanan Musa started the Real Madrid reaction, 39-49 (m.3.15) against the defense in the red zone, but the local defense continued with serious problems to stop the offensive contribution of their rivals.

Little by little Madrid got closer on the scoreboard, 48-53 (m.26), with Sergio Llull and Musa leading the scoring. At the end of the third quarter, 66-66, after a triple by Williams-Goss and a 31-26 run.

A three pointer from Deck at the start of the fourth put Real Madrid back into the lead, 69-66. Zaragoza began to falter and Madrid accumulated an advantage77-68 (m.33), with a three-pointer from Llull.

The defensive failures under Real Madrid’s hoops gave Zaragoza air, 77-72 (m.34), but the team’s experience came to the fore and with the help of Deck, Musa, Llull and Williams-Goss they grabbed a victorywhich at times seemed more than complicated, by 93-86

Data sheet:

93 – Real Madrid (18+17+31+27): Williams-Goss (19), Abalde (0), Deck (19), Poirier (4) and Yabusele (4) -starting five-, Randolph (5), Rudy Fernández (0), Hanga (2), Sergio Rodríguez ( 5), Llull (17), Ndiaye (0) and Musa (18).

86 – Casademont Zaragoza (13+27+26+20): Radoncic (0), Simanic (20), Jovic (5), Hlinason (10) and Sant-Roos (11) -starting five-, Wright (7), Yusta (12), Jessup (5), Ponitka (0) , Cruz (11) and Mekowulu (5).

Referees: Benjamin Jimenez, Vicente Bultó and Alberto Sánchez. No deleted.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirtieth day of the regular phase of the Endesa League played at the Palacio de Los Deportes (WiZink Center) in front of 6,148 spectators.


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