Gabriel Deck Secures Real Madrid’s Victory with Last-Minute Basket in Euroleague Clash Against Zalgiris Kaunas

Gabriel Deck, With a two-point basket with three tenths left, he certified Real Madrid’s away victory against Lithuanian Zalgiris Kaunas (62-64) this Thursday. to close the initial phase of the Euroleague, after a very unshowy clash that only had excitement when everyone tortured each other from the perimeter in the last quarter.






(9+16+17+20): Evans (14), Giedraitis (10), Manek (14), Ulanovas (-), Birutis (6) -five starters-, Hayes (5), Lekavicius (2), Smits (3), Butka (-), Sumner (8) and Lavrinovicius (-) (16+15+13+20): Alocene (3), Abalde (2), Deck (6), Musa (17), Tavares (17). 8), Poirier (6), Yabusele (1), Llull (3), Hezonja (16) and Causeur (2).

The white team closed its participation in the initial stretch of the season as a leader, on the same court, the Zalgirio Arena, where months before he had been crowned European champion after successively beating Barça and Olympiacos in the Final Phase.

However, despite this success, Kaunas was not conducive territory for the team when Zalgiris was opposite, since of his last four visits against that rival he had lost three. In fact, in February 2022, they suffered a historic defeat, as their 47 points were the lowest points scored by the Madrid side in a tournament match.

Madrid at half throttle

Luckily for the spectators, something like this seemed unrepeatable, although the host did ample credit for it in the first quarter. His nine points, giving up success in the last four minutes, They were a poor contribution that, despite this, did not take them out of the game. And Real Madrid, at half throttle, only scored 16, half of them from Dznan Musa.

The Bosnian scored two triples, and Mario Hezonja on two occasions and Sergio Llull jumped on that bandwagon.. Thus, Real Madrid converted 5 of their 7 baskets from distance and reached a maximum advantage of ten points, which began to decline when Zalgiris woke up from its six-minute scoring lethargy. The air was breathed in by Dovydas Giedraitis and Keenan Evans, authors between them of 14 of their team’s 25 points.

They also rowed in the third act, when together with Edmond Sumner they shared the scarce 11 points that the Kaunas team was able to do in nine minutes. The home team made up that statistic in the final sixty seconds, an exercise in thanatoesthetics that Real Madrid missed. Dead on the court, the Spanish team only contributed 13 points in that quarter, five of them from free throws.

Three-point pace scoring

Given the panorama, and more due to the demerit of those of Chus Mateo than to his merit, Zalgiris could not help but certify the comeback in their first attack of the last act with a triple by Brady Manek. There began the recital of profitable long shots that peppered the last ten minutes.

Manek scored another three; Mario Hezonja two; and Carlos Alocén, Evans and Musa one each in the middle of a frenzy from which Real Madrid emerged victorious, with a favorable advantage of three points with 13 seconds remaining. That shootout could only be decided by exhausting all the ammunition. Kevarrius Hayes, of course, sealed the tie with eight to go and, with only three tenths ahead, Deck scored from two to put the finishing touch to the perimeter festival.

2024-04-11 21:13:16
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