ACB matchday 3
Real Madrid has returned this Sunday to dye the classic white. After beating Barcelona in the Super Cup, Chus Mateo's team have pocketed a new duel against the eternal rival on the third day of the Endesa league (86-79). The meeting was a reflection that the two teams have work ahead before reaching their best version, but the amount of resources that Chus Mateo has puts him a few steps ahead of the team led by Roger Grimau.
Despite not having its totem, Edy Tavares, absent due to a respiratory infection, Madrid has subdued a Barça that does not finish fitting the pieces. The absence of the Cape Verdean giant has prevented a second round between him and Willy Hernangómez after the Real Madrid player won the Super Cup a few weeks ago. The Blaugrana pivot has been received by what was his fans with a thunderous whistle, the public enemy of Wizink after the departure of Mirotic. Without Tavares or Deck, Chus Mateo gave the opportunity to Ismaila Diagne, a 16-year-old youth who was the powder with which Madrid began to tilt the game in their favor. And the fuse, of course, was Campazzo. Between the two they have propelled Madrid to the first lead of the match (11-2). Barcelona has been slow to react, but got it in time to adjust the score at the end of the first quarter with two baskets in a row from Brizuela (14-13).
Madrid is more champion with Campazzo
Madrid were superior in intensity, but also more imprecise when looking for the basket. The Whites have finished the first half with a poor 31% success in field goals, which allowed Barça, whose percentages were much higher (48%), to throw themselves on them and get ahead thanks to an action of Jokubaitis (20-21). But the joy was short lived for Grimau, who saw how Madrid became huge again with the entry of Poirier. The French center has come to a boil just before and after the break and has shot his team's lead above 10 points (50-38) midway through the third quarter. On the Barça side, a step ahead of the great figures such as Willy, Jabari Parker or Satoransky was missing, with Brizuela as the only player with double digits (10 points) at the end of the last quarter.
The outside game, that weapon to which Jasikevicius resorted so much, did not work against a very serious Madrid, which forced the Barça to look for alternatives inside, where the Whites feel tremendously strong. Laprovittola, very missing during the first half, has assumed command of the team in the final stretch in search of the comeback. The Argentine was seen with his compatriot Campazzo, who left on the verge of elimination for fouls. However, Grimau decided to sit him and Campazzo, again released, partnered with Poirier to recover the +12 (72-60) with five minutes to go.
Barcelona tried to get back into the game by placing Parra on Poirier, but the Frenchman was unfathomable. The elimination of Satoransky with three minutes left and with 78-66 on the scoreboard, ended the Barça spirits. The Czech point guard scored just one basket in the entire game, with five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers. The Wizink crowd enjoyed the beautiful in the last minutes, singing from background to bottom, leading their team to victory and the leadership of the ACB.
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