Garuba’s might leads Real Madrid to the ACB final

Real Madrid 80 Valencia 77

The youth squad dominated Valencia (16 points and 14 rebounds) in an even third game and was decisive in the outcome. The return of Llull, key. The whites wait for Bara or Tenerife

Garuba, defended by Derrick Williams, during the third match.JuanJo MartnEFE

What until now were successes that were taken for granted at Real Madrid, today are feats. Being in the ACB final because again his own love rescued him in the third and final round of a heart attack tie against Valencia. The character propagated with their example types like Sergio Llull or Rudy Fernndez, at the forefront of the battle despite his physical burdens, and who grabs by the horns the freshness of Usman Garuba, the hero of the semifinal. [80-77: Narracin y estadstica]

The youth squad was a nightmare where it hurt Valencia the most, in energy, in aggressiveness. In the second chances they were martyred. It was decisive with a triple and a two plus one on the edge (after the nth offensive rebound), although it could well be right there due to a serious error, touching a triple that fell short of Mike Tobey. He ended up with star numbers (16 points, 14 rebounds) in what will be one of his last appearances at WiZink: the NBA is waiting for him.

It is possible that after 85 games -Not much less has Valencia himself played this course-, a final, at this point, is somewhat relative. Because of the exhaustion itself, because of that feeling that in this season full of setbacks, patches in the calendar, mutations due to circumstances (all the best-of-three playoffs), anything can happen. But the fact is that it was a final before the final. And in those types of dates is when nobody hides. Much less Llull.

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Forz the Balearic, touched by his twin. Forz Rudy, limping for days. And Alocn. Even his own Abalde was on the bench, recovered from the coronavirus (Laso did not use it). This forward flight from Madrid based on heart deserved it. And Valencia, powerful on Tuesday at La Fonteta, is not a rival with whom you can save anything.

Talker y Taylor

If the first two rounds were void due to non-appearance -neither the taronjas appeared to the first nor the whites to the second-, the third and final result was a competitive delighta, where success and equality prevailed, where each boast of one had a response from the other.

For example, the dawn of Real Madrid, once again marking territory, with a Garuba who eats his life in bites. The canterano dominated (17-10), but this time Valencia, deadly from the perimeter, with those pvots that open seas with their triples. Prepelic was a shock from the bank, in a battle of high decibels, with the level of aggressiveness through the roof.

Madrid tried to keep the rhythm, take control of the sensations, always the offensive rebound as spring, sporting and moral. But this time Valencia was willing to fight, suffer and jump the bench at WiZink. The third quarter were choked on the taronjas, lost in the rhythm of Llull, in the dominance of Tavares -which this time he could with Dubjlevic-, in the strength of Jeff Taylor and in the scoring facility of a Causeur who is one of those side that always responds when a step forward is required. Although not even for those the duel was broken, a triple tailor and a final basket from Hermannsson brought the stake alive to the final act (59-57).

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Again another tug, like demarrages in a port in the Alps, with two triples by Llull (68-59) to become Madrid’s top historical scorer in the playoffs (beating Felipe Reyes). It seemed the definitive one, but Valencia remained on their feet, fitter, with the calm of guys like Kalinic to put the Madrid night back to 50 degrees.

On the finish line, like two exhausted boxers, Madrid triumphed by character. Garuba was crowned – “he always plays well because it is not going to root anything, He goes to everything “, explained Laso- and already awaits Bara or Tenerife in the final, starting on Sunday.


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