Real Madrid caressed the victory on Friday against Fenerbahce, leader of the regular phase in the Euroleague, after squandering a six-point lead in the last minute of the game, which keeps the Turkish side (65-63) as first-placed thanks to the contribution of Luigi Datome and Jan Vesely, the best with 17 and 13 points, respectively .
The set of Pablo Laso made the most difficult. It was the whole game below on the scoreboard and two minutes to finish the third quarter the tooth went to his rival with a superb Rudy. The Spaniard, along with Carroll's class and Randolph's hunger, allowed the European champion to take the reins at the Ulker Sports Arena, but those of Zeljko Obradovic had not said his last word.
The strength in the rebound and the expulsion of Llull minutes later gave life to the local box. A lot of inside game, supported by Guduric, and a pair of triples from Ali brought back Fenerbahce's life. Little did it matter what had happened so far, because Real Madrid knew he would have to suffer from the perimeter and under the hoops.
Without the presence of Felipe Reyes, who did not play a minute for the fourth consecutive game, it was Carroll who held Madrid (50-47) when the success had returned to ally with the runners-up of Europe. Tavares added presence in defense and Rudy came to the rescue with his fourth triple of the stake. Everything was in the face for Laso's, who confirmed their decision to take the match with the 57-63 that Facu Campazzo perpetrated.
The Fenerbache did not throw in the towel and Laso misunderstood the final minutes. First, with a distant defense that allowed the triple of the Turks, and then lengthening the play (62-63) when there were only 34 seconds left. Those of Obradovic looked for Datome, scored with the board and took the 2 + 1. The free kick also kissed the nets.
Campazzo toured the field trying, desperately, to reach the basket that forced the extension, but failed. Madrid did not even have the possibility of threading a play and squandered the chance to win in a court where Fenerbahce does not know the defeat this season and does not lose in Euroleague since April.
Fenerbahce: Ali (10), Guduric (11), Datome (17), Melli (4) and Vesely (13) – starting squad – Green (-), Lauvergne (4), Kalinic (3), Mahmutoglu (3) , Guler (-) and Duverogliu (-).
Real Madrid: Llull (2), Carroll (11), Deck (-), Randolph (11) and Ayón (8) – starting squad – Tavares (6), Rudy (12), Causeur (2), Campazzo (7), Taylor (-) and Thompkins (4).
–Partial: 22-12, 10-20, 16-12, 17-19.
–Referees: Christodoulou, Paternico and Nedovic. They expelled Llull after technique and unsportsmanlike foul.
–Pavilion: Ulker Sports Arena. 12,872 spectators.