ANDl Real Madrid resolved this Thursday the first of the four finals ahead of him to ensure his presence in the Euroleague playoffs with a long-suffering victory over him Asvel villeurbanne, which he initialed thanks to his reaction in the third quarter and his greater mettle in the last seconds from the free throw line (71-74).
Pablo Laso’s team led by Trey Thompkins (13 points), Nico Laprovittola (12 points) and the rebounds of Usman Garuba (8 rebounds, 13 points) set their course in the maximum continental competition after losing to CSKA and Barcelona.
Physical and rocky rival, Asvel led by Cole (18 points) and Yabusele (13 points) made it difficult for Real Madrid that continues to accuse the casualties of Rudy Fernández and Sergio Llull.
The locals missed their latest new signing, Thomas heurtel, under whose baton they beat Nanterre two days earlier after an extension. But the probable signing of Real Madrid for next season is not registered in the Euroleague after his stormy departure from Barcelona and today he could not participate in the clash.
Asvel came out with the extra motivation because they were playing their last Euroleague game at the Astroballe and because they wanted to say goodbye with a prestigious victory. The white five tried a defense in the starting zone but did not take long to change to individual because the French shooters were fine, especially Antoine Diot who achieved two of the five in total that the team scored in the first quarter.
Real Madrid, however, came out with wet gunpowder and several indecisions, reason why it survived thanks to the success of Thompkins and Taylor in the painting.
The first quarter ended with Villeurbanne’s team up three (23-20) and with good feelings for TJ Parker because, in addition to making the Whites suffer in the area with their Fall and Yabusele lockers, they managed to run and score from the distance.
The second quarter started with more of the same. A Fall a Causeur block on the first play did not bode well. Noa after four minutes finished a partial of 10 points for the French (26-20).
Two triples from Abalde midway through the second quarter gave oxygen to Pablo Laso’s men. The bench celebrated it by jumping in unison because the team was suffering a lot to score.
The Asvel continued with the mallet inside and ahead on the scoreboard thanks to Lighty’s wrist who went to rest with 9 points as the top scorer of the match so far.
With one minute remaining in the second quarter, the locals reached the maximum advantage so far, 7 points, which Garuba reduced with two free throws for leave the light at rest at 37-32. A very low score that reflected the toughness of the match and the poor shooting percentages of both teams. In the second quarter, the whites only made two triples, a two-point basket and four free throws.
The third set started with a give and take in triples, but above all with a huge Garuba. The Spanish pivot with a triple and an offensive rebound that culminated in a mate reduced the advantage. After four minutes Carrol, who had not played until then, initialed the comeback with a triple and then finishing a counterattack42-47).
Once you have taken command of the scoreboard, Real Madrid pressed on defense and began to keep pace with the game. Thompkins placed the maximum advantage for the Whites, 7 points, with thirty seconds remaining in the quarter. Fall with a slap reduced the distance with the final horn (51-56).
As soon as he got back on track, Cole made it clear to the Madrid team that Asvel was going to sell his defeat dearly. The American tied the game with five straight points (58-58).
The Asvel then came up and Diot put his team up by scoring three consecutive free throws.
Thompkins did not take long to return the advantage to Real Madrid (61-62). The two teams then entered a war of nerves.
David Lighty held the Asvel with his penetrations. With one minute remaining, Real Madrid arrived three up. A providential rebound from Tavares followed by a triple from Abalde seemed to have left the game seen for sentence (63-69). But then two triples from Diot and Yabusele In the blink of an eye, after a basket by the Cape Verdean pivot, they left the Madrid advantage by two points with 19 seconds remaining.
The victory was then played from the free throw line. Deck missed the first and hit the second. While Cole put the Asvel back to a single point with two hits from the line after a foul.
It was Thompkins’ turn with ten seconds to go and he did not miss both of his pitches.. Asvel then tried to take the game into extra time but Cole and Kahudi’s shots hit iron.
71 – Asvel Villeurbanne (23 + 14 + 14 + 20): Diot (12), Lighty (13), Kahudi (2), Yabusele (13) and Cole (18) -titling quintet-, Lacombe (4), Fall (4) and Noua (5)
74 – Real Madrid (20 + 12 + 24 + 18): Laprovittola (12), Taylor (4), Thompkins (13), Garuba (9) and Tavares (8) -starting five-, Causeur (-), Tyus (2), Deck (8), Alocén (-), Abalde (11) and Carroll (7).
Referees: Sasa Pukl, Rain Peerandi and Sebastien Clivaz. Without eliminated
Incidents: Match of day 31 of the regular phase of the Euroleague played at the Astroballe de Villeurbanne behind closed doors.