By CAPosts 08 April, 2021 - 02:39pm
EurleagueFinished This is how it was Fenerbahce6793Real Madrid Quarter-scorers11 - 2325 - 2621 - 1810 - 26Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena
Real Madrid , due to the ailments, setbacks and resilience, won its ticket to the final of the quarter-round tie, with a qualifying round of the Euroleague character and solidity in Istanbul. With his best version and his gala defense on the key day. With 19 3-pointers on 38 pitches. Laso's team, led by Laprovittola (18 points, 10 assists and a PIR of 29 in 31 minutes), Deck and Causeur, overwhelmed Fernerbahçe (67-93) and won survival in the tournament in a big way, without depending on third parties. The madridistas will be fifth or sixth depending on the result of Barça-Bayern this Friday. If Barça beat the Germans, Madrid will face Armani Milan in the best of five games in the playoff. If Bayern prevail at the Palau, the Whites' rival will be Efes.
Extreme need and proven experience prevailed. The Turkish team played having the home court factor in favor in the quarterfinal tie and Laso's, survival in the tournament. Madrid - which has been present in seven of the last nine Final Four and has not missed the playoffs since 2012 - went to the wire in Istanbul with what they were wearing, between ailments, and at the same time with everything, drawing on experience and competitive memory. With the return of the coach from Vitoria to the bench, after serving a penalty for a game, and with Llull in the call, just six weeks after undergoing arthroscopy in his right knee. The Mallorcan acted as captain, as an emblem of the resistance in Felipe's absence, and remained in the limelight to assume the leadership in the face of Alocen's dismissal.
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League Laprovittola and Tyus were the ones who starred in the applied staging of the Madrid team, while Fenerbahçe looked for plans to compensate for the important loss of Vesely due to injury (7-18, m. 7). Before Kokoskov's men broke a sweat, the questioned Lapro had eight points (2-for-2 from 3-pointers), two rebounds and an assist for Tyus's alley-oop. The two players most in question in Madrid's tortuous season vindicated themselves with character. And his work did not stop there. Two more assists from the Argentine base raised the bank of Laso's team to +16 (7-23, m. 9). The defensive concentration and the dominance of the rebound gave flight to the Madrid plan,
Brown and Pierre fought to try to straighten the locals. But, before they could rearm, Madrid took off. The appearance of Causeur and Thompkins, with four triples in a jiffy, allowed Laso's team to unravel the score (13-33, m. 12). Taking advantage of the rent, he jumped onto the Llull court to get a feeling after the inactivity and the De Colo headdress also returned, in this case to give protection to his family in full distress. In that section, Eddie relieved Fenerbahçe with a handful of points and De Colo himself took the second personal from Tavares, in an action that woke up the locals. But two stratospheric triples from Llull lowered the Turkish fever and cleared the turning point.
However, more by drive than lucidity, Fenerbahçe's percussion waited for fatigue and imbalances in the Madrid rotation to appear and narrowed the accounting before of the trip to the changing rooms (34-46, d. 19). Even so, Madrid came to the intermission with the certainty of having completed an ode to concentration in the first half, without losing a single ball in the first 20 minutes (in addition to adding 3 steals and causing 6 losses for the Turkish team), dominating the rebound, doubling in assists to his rival, and with 10 3-pointers on 21 pitches.
At the restart, Duverioglu forced Tavares' third foul. But the Cape Verdean guy held out, Tyus won the dance over Barthel and Laprovittola took up the yo-yo and aim to allow Madrid to gain space and time. However, De Colo broke Taylor's shackles and changed the air to the match in a breath. From 42-58 from minute 24 to 50-58 minute and a half later. A partial interrupted by a triple by Laprovittola from nine meters and a counterattack culminated by Deck to weather the bad time of Madrid. Doomed to live on the wrong foot, Fenerbahçe alternated pride with anguish. But De Colo did not give up the effort and left his team with a shot of 10 before the finish line (57-67, m. 30).
But De Colo was not for overexertion and, as soon as he took a breath, Madrid was definitely unleashed. Based on races he unloaded all the accumulated tension and with a resounding 0-15 partial in three minutes (with two triples from Deck, five points from Lapro and as many from Causeur), he earned an extra life in his most sinuous Euroleague and resilient. The visitor advantage went as far as Laprovittola.