February 28, 2021

Basketball King’s Cup: Madrid, to the semifinals on the shoulders of Deck and Thompkins

The Real Madrid qualified for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey by beating Valencia by 85-74 with great performances from the Argentine Gaby deck and from the American Trey thompkins, who led the white attack.

After a strange start with Walter Tavares committing a personal one in the first 30 seconds that made him go to the bench and be replaced by captain Felipe Reyes, Real Madrid began to dominate the game at will thanks to the fluidity and accuracy of their attack.

Two triples by Trey Thompkins and another two in a row by Jaycee Carroll, together with Reyes’ good work, the clairvoyance of Carlos Alocén and the very successful Gaby Deck, laid the foundations for a dominating Real Madrid to obtain a 9-0 run, and go from 10-9 to 19-9 in just two minutes.

In Valencia little more than Sam Van Rossom and some isolated action by Nikola Kalinic and Bojan Dubljevic. Madrid carried the rhythm of the game with sufficiency until 29-17 with which the first quarter ended, with the white team scoring 4 of 8 triples and Valencia failing their 3 shots from long distance and dominating the rebounds with 11-4 .

In the second quarter, Valencia tried to raise the defensive level, but Deck’s good starts and his lack of aim slowed the cut on the scoreboard. Vanja Marinkovic scored the only taronja triple, of 12 attempts, in the 15th minute (38-27).

Nevertheless Valencia took advantage of a few minutes of Real Madrid’s drought in attack to get a partial of 2-11 in 4 minutes from 38-22 to 40-33 in minute 17.

But when Valencia opposed the game, Pablo Laso’s team re-emerged with force to achieve a 9-1 partial in the last 3 minutes to conclude the second act with 49-34.

In between, Tavares came out again, again committed a personal one a few seconds later and returned to sit on the bench. Despite his absence, Real Madrid also dominated the rebound 21-13.

With the starting five back on track, as is customary for Pablo Laso, Real Madrid continued to dominate with Carroll and Tavares doing damage (57-38, min. 23.30) and with Valencia having serious defensive failuress.

The advantage reached 21 points, 59-38, after a new Deck basket thirty seconds later.

Klemen Prepelic, with six points in a row, tried to reactivate his team and another triple by Van Rossom and a penetration, signed a partial 0-11 in two and a half minutes, 59-49.

Valencia was already knocking on the doors of the game, supported by a defense that collapsed the Madrid attack. Vam Rossom with two new baskets extended the set to 0-15, 59-53 (m.28).

Tavares, with a mate of rage, broke Madrid’s scoring drought, which lasted almost 5 minutes, and that devastating partial, to end the third quarter with 63-55 and everything open.

The game narrowed on the scoreboard and on the floor with Deck penetrating basket like knife in butter, 68-58 (m.31.30) and with Kalinic assuming responsibilities.

Valencia rose lines in defense and Rudy multiplied behind to maintain that security advantage around eight-ten points, while the minutes passed, 74-62 (m.34.10).

A triple by Sergio Llull put the score at 80-64 In the absence of 3.17 minutes and he ajar the doors of the semifinal for Madrid, who did not miss his opportunity and knew how to manage the time and the game with sufficiency until the 85-74 final.

Madrid will face him Lenovo Tenerife in the semifinal next Saturday.

85 – Real Madrid (29 + 20 + 14 + 22): Alocen (1), Deck (23), Carroll (10), Thompkins (23) and Tavares (7) -starting five-, Causeur (4), Rudy (3), Abalde (4), Tyus, Laprovittola, Reyes ( 4) and Llull (6).

74 – Valencia (17 + 17 + 21 + 19): Marinkovic (3), Labeyrie (2), Van Rossom (16), Kalinic (14) and Dubljevic (6) -the starting five-, Prepelic (13), Pradilla, Puerto (2), Tobey (8) and Hermannsson (10 ).

Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Jordi Aliaga and Luis Miguel Castillo. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Second quarterfinal match of the King’s Cup basketball played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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