Alocen's lessons and Rudy's poison: Real Madrid returns to the semifinals of the Endesa League

Herbalife Gran Canaria 75 Real Madrid 81

In a second less brilliant game, the whites, successful and absolute dominators of the rebound, eliminate Gran Canaria and await a rival where they did not arrive in the last bubble of Valencia

Tavares and Costello fight for a rebound.Elvira Urquijo A.EFE

Real Madrid already awaits rival in the semifinals (as of this Sunday, Baskonia or Valencia) of the Endesa League, the title he is holding on to in this season of setbacks, after officially getting rid of Herbalife Gran Canaria in the first round. Without the brilliance of Monday, the whites resolved the ballot in Gran Canaria, enduring the pull of local enthusiasm and then accelerating at the right moment to leave no choice. Rudy Fernndez’s stab was definitive to return where it did not reach in the last bubble of Valencia, one of the great blots of the Laso era. [75-81: Narracin y estadsticas]

It is already customary. And perhaps that is why Madrid has managed to stabilize itself in weakness. Again presenting a low minimum squad (in addition to Thompkins, he could not count on the infected Abalde or Felipe Reyes or the Laprovittola headdress), Pablo Laso’s men survived with patience and efficiency, supported by two basic pillars: the blushing dominance of the rebound and their success from the perimeter. You can’t beat a team like white if you give them second chances over and over again. In 80 minutes of basketball, Porfirio Fisac’s team has conceded 38 rejections on their own hoop. A bleeds.

And that had nothing to do with the first stake of the series. The Gran Canaria, finally with some audience in the stands (200 followers that seemed 10,000), he chose to lose respect for Madrid, to cheer up their faces even if he walked over the abyss of his season finale. And he took advantage of the initial lack of control of Carlos Alocn, owner and protagonist of Laprovittola’s discharge. Hastily and without concentration, the Mao point guard entangled his team in senseless attacks that soon ended Laso’s patience.

Khalifa Diop, a youth squad to build an empire on, rebelled against Tavares and Poirier. And Granca looked into the eyes of a rival who had passed him a while before. Another defensive attitude, another knowing how to be on the court (a loss throughout the first half). Madrid stayed, above all, based on Sergio Llull, who seems to have reached the playoffs. Despite Laso’s desperation with Alocn and Garuba -they were buckled on several occasions-, the whites were sent to rest (35-37).

It was in the third act where the night began to settle. With Tavares (0 points but 12 rebounds), Poirier and the increasingly solid Alex Tyus, Madrid’s rings are serious business. Jeff TaylorAfter a season full of doubts, it seems that of yesteryear that dried up the rival star and that, in addition, contributed in attack. Alocn, after the disappointments at dawn, completely changed his attitude, lessons learned as he went, and he scored a few great minutes. The rope began to stretch … And, in addition, Rudy Fernandez appeared.

Shortly before, his right twin had been treated. Nothing serious. With three triples in a row at the moment of truth, the eternal Balearic was the last straw for a Granca who wanted to fight to the very end. A worthy end of the course for them after a beginning of controversies and ups and downs.


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