July 24, 2021

Barcelona and Madrid keep their pulse in the Liga Endesa – La Provincia

Barcelona and Madrid keep their pulse in the Liga Endesa - La Provincia

The Barcelona Lassa has won this Sunday by 90-76 to Movistar Students, in the last match of day 23 of the Endesa League, and has thus maintained its leadership of the Endesa League, although still with the Real Madrid in the rearview mirror after his wide victory about the BAXI Manresa (91-57).

In the Palau Blaugrana, the locals overcame a bad start that was reflected with a 10-22 on the scoreboard. But the work of Thomas Heurtel, Rolands Smits and Víctor Claver in the middle distance stopped the collegial impetus and that helped Ante Tomic pivot or remain as the only referent of attack.

A cumulative partial of 26-17 balanced things at rest, which reached the Italian Alessandro Gentile being the most outstanding with 14 points. But nevertheless, Tomic found in Kyle Kuric a faithful squire to channel a prolific third period (34-20) that gave way to a last quarter something controversial.

Gentile was pointed out two technical faults at 06:53 of the conclusion, with a result of 76-61, and that was already a very heavy slab for the students, who then continued to squeeze more by heart than by head. Thus, the final income of +14 allowed Barça to continue in the lead with a balance of 19-4.

Only a triumph away follows Real Madrid, who in the morning session easily beat the BAXI Manresa with outstanding performance of the canteranor Santi Yusta. And it is that Madrid forward scored 17 points in his 23:16 on the parquet floor of the Palacio de los Deportes, where the locals marked territory with a first demolishing quarter (29-13).

Although the Manresa team took the second quarter by 17-25, their hopes were diluted after the break thanks to fit a partial hard of 23-6. That Erik Murphy finished as top scorer with 9 points reflected the bad game of a BAXI adrift in the last period (22-13), thus putting his 'play-off' position in danger.

One of his opponents in that objective, the Iberostar Tenerife, fell in his visit to Kirolbet Baskonia (85-68) despite the 20 points of Tim Abromaitis. In front, Shavon Shields contributed 17 points to the team from Vitoria, third in the table with a record of 17-6 and waiting to get close to the top positions; next week there is a duel between Real Madrid and Barça Lassa, which affects the Baskonia.

In addition, the UCAM Murcia came out two months after the descent with his victory against the Tecnyconta Zaragoza, for 116-94 in a record clash. On the one hand, those 116 points matched the best scoring mark in a match without overtime; on the other, the 20 of 33 in triples was a new record in the history of Murcia and stayed close to the best in the ACB League (22 triples of Valencia Basket).


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