Real Madrid prolonged their undefeated condition in all competitions and added their seventh win of the season, fourth in ACB, thanks to his powerful inside game against a Lenovo Tenerife that, although he accused the absence of Gio Shermadini, he stood up until the end led by a Bruno Fitipaldo who contributed seven triples and finished as the top scorer with 24 points (86-77).
Without the participation of the Georgian pivot, who has been absent for at least six weeks due to his back injury, the whites dominated in the painting, where Walter Tavares, Vincent Poirier and Guerschon Yabusele imposed their law and minimized the options of a rival who suffered excessively under hoops and had to take refuge in his external success, which was not enough to overcome a leader who, although still lacking of filming, there is plenty of quality in its staff.
Real Madrid came out more toned, with Tavares one more day intimidating under hoops, blocking those who approached his domains and assisting his teammates with discretion, among whom Adam Hanga and Thomas Heurtel were the most successful players. The first advantages were white, although Tenerife soon woke up with triples, with Fitipaldo in a stellar plan.
The Uruguayan, with four outside hits in eight minutes, avoided greater evils. His team clearly lost the battle in the paint but remained in the game because he compensated from the perimeter for his lack of points in the area, where he suffered excessively from the loss of his main interior reference and MVP of last season.
Thus, while Real Madrid controlled the duel from close positions and only hit a triple in the first act, Lenovo Tenerife did not lose face to the duel since it added three by three. With a single two-point basket from nine attempts, the islanders came alive at the end of the first ten minutes with Fitipaldo as the main argument (25-18, min 10).
The tonic was maintained in the resumption. While Pablo Laso’s men tried with their second unit to expand their meager income to win the game on track, the people of Tenerife pressed in defense and continued to try their luck from afar. Abalde and Llull contributed points to the locals while Sasu Salin joined the triplista party of the Txus Vidorreta team, in which the American Julian Gamble debuted with good marks, signed to replace Shermadini’s loss and author of twelve points.
Despite the apparent white dominance, the break was reached with a tight score (40-35) and with an outstanding 60 percent in triples of the visitors, who added nine hits after fifteen attempts.
A new arreón of Pablo Laso’s men, who initially linked a partial in favor of 8-0, raised the maximum income to thirteen points. Tavares and Heurtel continued to contribute in all facets of the game, well supported by Yabusele, while against Tenerife the good afternoon of Fitipaldo was not enough for him, who scored his sixth triple and assisted his teammates judiciously, compensating for the discreet performance of Marcelinho Huertas.
The party seemed controlled by the leader of the ACB, but the islanders did not give up and, although their foreign production had dropped alarmingly in the third quarter, they were cutting the differences to the four points against that reflected the scoreboard after some good minutes of the debutant Gamble and a new triple, the seventh, of Fitipaldo, this one on the horn (58-54, min 30).
As in the previous rooms, the whites struck first at the start of the last ten minutes and took air with a 13-6 in favor that he returned his maximum rent and forced Vidorreta to request time out to claim a last effort from his family.
The end was approaching and Real Madrid did not give in despite the rotations of Pablo Laso, who was also forced to stop the game to avoid greater evils after a triple by Sasu Salin that rose to the scoreboard 79-73 with two minutes left. It was just a scare, because their players held out until the end and added their seventh win of the course, fourth in the Endesa League, in which they remain in the lead as undefeated leaders.
86 – Real Madrid (25 + 15 + 18 + 28): Heurtel (10), Causeur (2), Hanga (12), Yabusele (15) and Tavares (9) -starting five- Williams-Goss (6), Poirier (14), Llull (4), Fernández (1), Abalde (7), Alocén (4) and Taylor (2).
77 – Lenovo Tenerife (18 + 17 + 19 + 23): Huertas (6), Fitipaldo (24), Sastre (-), Sulejmanovic (8) and Guerra (6) -the starting quintet- Smith (2), Salin (9), Wiltjer (1), Doornekamp (6), Borg ( -), Gamble (12) and Rodríguez (3).
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Jorge Martínez and Alberto Baena. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of the fourth day of the Endesa League played at the WiZink Center Pavilion in Madrid.