Real Madrid beat Baskonia for the second place in the Endesa League (82-76), with 18 points and 5 of 6 in three pointers by Randolph (22 points). After the beating of Barça to Fuenlabrada (106-76), of the surprising victory of the Obradoiro in the track of Valencia (87-94) and of the trepidante triumph of the Unicaja before the Manresa (99-97) in the day of Saturday, whites and vitorianos measured strength to four days of the Cup in the star duel of the 20th day. The whole of Laso took it to him thanks, to a large extent, to a blunt partial of 16-4 between minute 27 and 32. From 50-50 to 66-54 in a jiffy to solve a party dominated by Baskonia in the Initial stretch. Managed the income and resources in Madrid, without Llull or Thompkins, the first doubt and the second discarded for the appointment copera. Rudy left early with a blow to the eye. "We have not been brilliant but we have had an attitude," summed up Laso after the match. "We lived in this rhythm of the calendar and it was important to reach the Cup with a victory after having lost two tight matches against Unicaja and CSKA," analyzed the Madrid coach.
In the prolegomena of the match, Felipe Reyes received the tribute from his club and the ACB after becoming last week the player with more matches in the history of the competition after beating Joan Creus. The 38-year-old center, who already has 780 league matches in his curriculum, received a commemorative shirt from the legendary Rafael Rullán and a gift from Antonio Martín, president of the ACB.
Meanwhile, in the fight for playoff, Joventut consolidated its optimistic dynamic by defeating Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Badalona, with an outstanding Marko Todorovic: 19 points, 9 rebounds and 35 points. The verdinegros await precisely the Baskonia in the quarterfinals of the Cup, in a duel that had not taken place in the tournament for 11 years. The last precedent was in the edition of Vitoria 2008, with the Badalones picture proclaiming Cup champion after winning in the Buesa Arena with Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez as stars. In the lower part of the league classification, the Gipuzkoa worsened the crisis of Gran Canaria after winning on the island (85-90) after tracing 19 points to his rival. The people of San Sebastian, led by Sekulic (20 points), Nevels (18) and Burjanadze (17), remain at the bottom but only two wins from the yellows who fall to 16th place. And the prize for player of the day went to the unknown Volodymyr Gerun. The Ukrainian center of the Cafés Candelas Breogán surrendered to UCAM Murcia (77-73), in another key duel for the permanence, with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six fouls received for a 37 evaluation. In the morning match, Estudiantes defeated MoraBanc Andorra (91-90) in extremis. The triple of John Shurna in the last second crashed in the hoop and the student team reached its eighth triumph of the course. Gentile, Clavell and Brizuela, to 13 points per beard, were the most outstanding in the Ramiro.
The full match list in the quarterfinals of the Cup that is played since Thursday at the WiZink Center is: Barcelona-Valencia; Real Madrid-Students; Baskonia-Joventut and Tenerife-Unicaja. The winner of the Madrid derby will face the winner of the duel between Baskonia and Penya in the semifinals. On the other side of the picture, the winner of the Barça-Valencia will cross with the winner of Tenerife-Unicaja.