The Real Madrid ended up diluting this Wednesday any hint of rebellion on the part of the Herbalife Gran Canaria in order to score the quarterfinal tie of the Endesa League Spanish basketball player after a last period in which he exhibited a excellent percentage in triples against a tough rival (75-81). Rudy Fernández, with 15 points and four triples, was the main protagonist of the outcome against an opponent who unsuccessfully used Slaughter’s wrist (22 points).
Spurred on by 200 spectators Present at the Gran Canaria Arena in their first game of the season with the public, Herbalife surprised the Whites with the versatility of Okoye and Slaughter, but above all because of the versatility of Khalifa Diop. The Senegalese youth squad became the local spearhead with seven starting points, including a dunk on Taylor in the race that left the Canaries with a hopeful 13-6 in the field. However, a triple from Carroll and five almost consecutive points from Llull allowed Madrid to regain control on the scoreboard (13-14), closing the first quarter with a more than tight 15-16.
In the second quarter the equality was maintained. The locals kept the ship curiously with the contribution of their interior players, especially with the Polish Olek Balocerowski, while Pablo Laso’s pupils used the outside shot to neutralize the insular push (20-23). In contrast, Porfi Fisac’s men were shipwrecked on the perimeter (0/7 on shots of 3), until John Shurna entered the scene to sign two triples in a row (26-23). After the “lasina” awarded to Garuba, Real Madrid once again adjusted the nuts in defense and in the vanguard, taking the baton again of the party (35-37) and getting the best of Pantera de Azuqueca (8 points from Usman before the break).
In the resumption the exchange of blows followed. Carroll and Alocén assumed new stripes among the whites, while Okoye capitalized on the offensive operations of the yellows and equalized the contest with a mate on the opposition of Tavares (45-45) in the middle of the third period equator.
But the panorama changed from that moment on. Alocen, who had been another of the players to receive the genuine fights from Laso, became the revulsive of the visitors, catapulting his team with the maximum advantage so far (51-58), which deactivated Balcerowski’s attacks and Costello. Again, the success in the triple aggravated the injury on the scoreboard, entering the class of Rudy Fernández, a trick that ended up canceling the push of Slaughter in the island ranks (60-72).
Costello’s 3s and Slaughter’s free throws allowed the Yellows to get within six points in the last minute, but in the end a Poirier block on Costello ended up truncating the island miracle, thus reaching Real Madrid its ticket to the semifinals.