The Real Madrid had to win twice at AS Monaco and suffer to the end to get a victory for 94-86, after winning the first quarter by 18 points ahead.
Almost without realizing it, Real Madrid found themselves 13-1 on the scoreboard midway through the first act. Mike James didn’t look like Mike James, and As Monaco did not look like a team of Euroleague that he had won in the first two days.
It was enough to have a good Madrid defense, to be able to run and for the outside shots to come in for the score to skyrocket to 30-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Gerschon Yabusele, 10 points, and Adam Hanga (9) capitalized on the returns of a defense in which Walter Tavares excelled helping outside with his long arms.
The result of 30-12 was small with the valuation, 46-3 that explains the difference between both teams.
In the second quarter, Madrid lowered the piston and AS Monaco raised its defense. James, at times it seemed James and the advantage began to be cut. The Monegasques prevailed in the period by 21-27 and the break was reached with 51-39, 62-45 in valuation.
With the starting five back on track, Madrid tried to recover the energy, the game and the success lost in the second quarter, although it was not an easy task because the Monegasques broke the magic barrier of the 10 points disadvantage, 55-46 ( min.23) and they became strong in it, 63-53 (m.25.30).
James already served as James full time, hoarding the ball and creating game and creating their own shots, because unlike the first part he served as a base, while Donta Hall showed his quality.
At the end of the third act, 72-65, with a triple included in the last tenth of a second from an already completely recognizable James.
The Madrid he had to put on his overalls again to defeat a very different Monaco in the first minutes, which in the absence of 6 minutes approached 6 points, 79-73. And that in the absence of 4.30 minutes it was approaching 3.81-78.
Another triple, now by Will Thomas, after James’ recovery, tied the game at 81 with 4 minutes remaining. A world in a new party.
Thomas made it 81-83, the first Monegasque lead in the whole game, with 180 seconds remaining. Yabusele appeared to tie at 83 and score three free throws later, 86-83 with 2 minutes remaining.
A triple by Rudy with 1 minute to go, 89-84, allowed us to see things with some optimism, especially in the face of Monaco’s precipitation, but the truth is that Madrid had to win twice until the final 94-86.
94 – Real Madrid (30 + 21 + 21 + 22): Causeur (12), Heurtel (13), Hanga (9), Tavares (9) and Yabusele (18) -starting five-, Williams-Goss (4), Rudy Fernández (7), Abalde (2), Poirier (8 ), Llull (4) and Taylor (8).
86 – AS Monaco (12 + 27 + 26 + 21): Lee, Boutsiele, Motiejunas (9), Andjusic (8) and James (24) -starting five-, Westermann (8), Thomas (11), Diallo (7), Motum (5), Gray (2) and Hall ( 12).
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Marcin Kowalski (POL) and Mykola Ambrosov (UKR). Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the third day of the Euroleague played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) before 3,087 spectators.