Real Madrid stumbles against Virtus Bologna and gets into trouble

The defeat of Real Madrid before him Virtus Bologna, por 92-95makes the Spanish team enter swampy landafter accumulating four defeats, three in the Euroleague, at the start of the season.

The start of the game was not good. There were no baskets until after the first two minutes of the game and that always chills the teams and the spectators.

Until minute 5 (7-5) the crash did not reach cruising speed. Real Madrid alternated offensive brilliance with massive failures at the backjust like Virtus in the face of Sergio Scariolo’s desperation, and ended up taking the first quarter 24-18.

The start of the second act was brilliant and in the first minute, 30-20, Real Madrid seemed to want to break up the game, but as on previous occasions they were unable to maintain or increase that distance and allowed the Italian team to cut back immediately.

The good actions of Gabriel Deck in the first quarter were continued by Mario Hezonja in the second with 3 of 4 triples and 11 points.

The 12-6 in rebounds for the Spanish team in the first act was matched up to 17-14 at the break, with which the score dropped to 45-41 after the first twenty minutes.

Ismael Bako was the most successful of the Italian team, with Iffe Lundberg with 8 points despite the surveillance to which he was subjected. Just like Milos Teodosic, who in 7 minutes gave a stroke of genius.

Virtus’ 0-4 start equalized the score, 45-45, in just 50 seconds, after two defensive failures and an apparent lack of tension in the locals, with which Chus Mateo was forced to ask for time-out.

Real Madrid and Virtus dedicated themselves to exchanging basketswith the locals having some problems of ideas in the offensive, while the Italians were growing in confidence, 53-59 (m.25,15).

Mateo refreshed the team with the entry of ‘Chacho’ Rodríguez and Petr Cornelie, but a triple by Teodosic, 55-62 (m.26), forced the Spanish coach to stop the game again.

Virtus bit in defense and believed it little by little, while Real Madrid did not find the point of the match and only individual actions allowed them not to drop definitively.

A technique, the second to the Madrid bench for protesting a possible illegal block on Tavares, definitely set off the alarm57-65 (m.28), while an alarm was played from the stands.

With Deck pulling the car, Real Madrid covered the wound and entered the last minute of the third quarter with a 64-66 score, to close it with 64-68 and a lot of work to do.

Bako continued to do a lot of damage without the madridista pivots finding an antidote to their mobility66-78 (m.32), while the victory set course for Bologna and Real Madrid entered swampy terrain.

The difference reached 15 points, 67-82 with 6:40 to go. Virtus began to defend in the area and two three-pointers from Dzanan Musa and Deck opened the door to hope for the white team, 73-84 with 5:15 to go.

The energy and tension that was missing in the previous 35 minutes appeared when it was already too late. Still, Real Madrid fell to 4 points, 83-87 with 2.15 to go, and to 2, 91-93 with 15 seconds to go, but Teodosic came out to decide the 92-95 final.


92 – Real Madrid (24+21+19+28): Deck (28), Tavares (13), Llull (0), Yabusele (7) and Musa (13) – the starting five – Abalde (0), Hanga (0), Hezonja (18), Rodriguez (0) and Poirier (4), Cornelius (9) and Ndiaye (0).

95 – Bologna power (18+23+27+27): Jaitem (12), Lundberg (18), Hackett (7), Mickey (6) and Ojeleye (5) -initial five-, Cordinier (12), Pajola (2), Bako (16), Weems (3) and Teodosic (14).

referees: Matej Boltauzer (SLO), Saulius Racys (LIT) and Marcin Kowalski (POL). Gabriel Deck and Jordan Mickey were eliminated by five personal (min.40).

incidents: Match corresponding to the fifth day of the Euroleague played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid before 7,099 spectators. Sergio Scariolo, Virtus coach and Spain coach, was greeted with a standing ovation when he walked out onto the pitch.



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