The classics cannot get tired, because each one is a movie. In some cases of terror, despite facing two of the fittest teams in Europe. Because Real Madrid and FC Barcelona did their best in their third confrontation of this season to see who was worse from the free kick, the three-point line or gave up more rebounds. But as in the Super Cup (80-90) and in the League (86-79), Chus Mateo emerged victorious in his particular statistics with Roger Grimau (65 – 64). Satoransky had three free throws to take the game to overtime, but he failed in his attempt in a match strained by continuous mistakes; and advantages that stretched and shrank like chewing gum.
The first quarter was Barça dominance. Gaby Deck, with 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Frenchman Vincent Poirier (14 and 7) were the highlights of a Real Madrid that remains the sole leader. The two teams arrived with a 4-0 and the need to extend their form to excellence. The last-minute loss of Laprovittola conditioned Roger Grimau’s starting five, while Real Madrid lost Yabusele, their most valued man in the competition.
Nothing to do with the second act, which was a game in itself. Roger Grimau’s men reached a maximum advantage of 16-30, but Real Madrid ended up gaining the pace of the game. He did so by accumulating thirteen offensive rebounds that made up for the absolute calamity from the three-point line, a deficit he shared with FC Barcelona in this quarter. As soon as the Argentine connection between Campazzo and Deck was activated, the match completely changed temperature.
Chus Mateo’s men have a great capacity to deliver spectacular hits when they seem to collapse. The transition to half-time, which was reached with a minimum advantage of two points (28-30), perfectly defined the state of the game. At the buzzer, Deck scored a triple after fifteen attempts by Real Madrid. Tortuga’s nine points in a row left the game practically as it was at the beginning. Barça went eight minutes without scoring, to the point that after the restart Real Madrid managed to take the lead for the first time at 32-30 after a 16-0 run.
The end of the third quarter was reached with a difference of ten points (51-41). From the sensations, Real Madrid seemed to have the circumstances of the match under control. Barça activated the Jokubaitis factor in the last quarter to reduce the distance and compensate for the loss of rebounds. He got back into a game that had an outcome perfectly framed in its development. With review and the winning team certifying a close result from the free throw line.
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