The American Jaycee Carroll, with his 13 points from the fourth quarter, he opted for the Real Madrid a power-to-power struggle against Lenovo Tenerife (84-76), who sold his defeat dearly until the end with a fantastic match by Brazilian Marcelinho Huertas (23 points) and only allowed the fifteenth victory followed by the leader with the explosive finish of the American.
The old rockers, who never die, made their guitars sound like the best concert WiZink Center has ever seen in other pre-pandemic times. Carroll (37 years old) decided in the end a duel that until then had been ruled by Marcelinho (37), the best striker against the white wall supported by the Cape Verdean Walter Tavares (15 points and 7 rebounds) and the success of the Argentine Nico Laprovittola (21 points, 5 of 9 in triples and 9 assists).
Real Madrid, which has still recently left Argentine Gabi Deck for the NBA, could not release his replacement, Frenchman Vincent Poirier, registered but almost without training with his new teammates, who watched the game from a side. Nor did the American Trey Thompkins, not yet recovered from an injury.
The Lenovo Tenerife was not lagging behind in casualties, without the American Spencer Butterfield, the Greek Georgios Bogris or the ex-Madrid player Dani Díez, and with the American escort Charles Jenkins, signed from Olympiacos, also in the band. Despite this, he sold his skin dearly to break his streak of six consecutive victories in the Endesa League, with bursts of the Georgian Giorgi Shermadini (15 points and 6 rebounds) and a meritorious duel of the Bosnian interior Emir Sulejmanovic (12 points and 7 sacks) .
Nobody would say that Real Madrid came tired of Sunday’s classic against Barça, because started the imperial duel in defensa with an unapproachable Tavares behind and hit the triple, 3 of 4 in the first five minutes (13-2).
Shermadini broke the Tenerife blackout, with 5 points fresh from the bank. “We are watching how they shoot,” lamented visiting coach Txus Vidorreta in the timeout. With Tavares’ second foul, Tenerife could add in attack, but Usman Garuba and Sergio Llull kept the white income (24-16).
Tenerife’s reaction was brilliant. With Marcelinho Huertas at the controls and triples by Sulejmanovic and Sergio Rodríguez, he equalized the duel (26-26, min. 13), and on the third attempt Shermadini put them ahead from the free line. Carlos Alocén compensated a surprisingly wrong Madrid triple (2/7), but Tenerife did not lose rope and Bruno Fitipaldo put the equality at the break (38-38).
Tavares emerged from the locker room again, winning the games over Shermadini and with him the white advantage (52-42, min. 25), while Lenovo held on with Huertas’ maneuvers despite being fought with the triple, failing 6 in this quarter , including several released, which allowed maintaining local income (59-49) for the final partial.
The team with the most successful triplists in the League could not be considered buried, and it was demonstrated by Huertas, Aaron Doornekamp, Fran Guerra and again the Brazilian, in exhibition mode (64-65, min. 33), but Garuba and Carroll responded with the same weapons, who started his decisive exhibition not only hit from the line but penetrating and causing faults to detach slightly (72-68, min. 36).
Huertas continued rowing, but another accurate triple by Carroll, a dunk after recovery from Swede Jeff Taylor and free throws from Wyoming (USA) they recovered the eight rent and they left the way clear for the victory of Real Madrid against a Lenovo Tenerife that made him sweat until the end.
84 – Real Madrid (24 + 14 + 21 + 25): Laprovittola (21), Abalde (7), Taylor (5), Tyus (2), Tavares (15) -the starting five-, Causeur, Rudy, Garuba (10), Llull (3), Carroll (13), Vukcevic ( 2) and Alocen (6).
76 – Lenovo Tenerife (16 + 22 + 11 + 27): Huertas (23), Salin (1), Doornekamp (7), Cavanaugh, Guerra (6) -the starting quintet-, Fitipaldo (6), Shermadini (15), Sulejmanovic (12), López, Rodríguez (6) and Yusta.
Referees: Jordi Aliaga, Alberto Sánchez and Joaquín García. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of the thirty-first day of the Endesa League played at the WiZink Center (Palacio de los Deportes) of the Community of Madrid, without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.