Real Madrid endured in Miribilla the tremendous comeback of Bilbao Basket, which came to neutralize a 17-point deficit in the second quarter after the break, and the unbeaten league that keeps them the solo leader with a tight 83-85 amid the continuing threat of ‘the men in black’.
A postponed match of the sixth day in which the whites, who angered Pablo Laso in a third quarter in which they received a 31-14 partial, began clearly dominating launched by the young Alberto Abalde and Carlos Alocen.
But then they had to lay hold of outstanding versions of Sergi Llull (14 points), Trey Thompkins (16, 6 rebounds and a PIR of 22), Edy Tavares, (9 rebounds and 4 blocks), and until the last minute of the ‘Facu’ Campazzo to save the furniture, carry out a commitment that was extremely complicated and chain nine victories in a row in the ACB.
Because Bilbao Basket returned enraged in the second half to chain a 21-2 that changed the sign of a match that came to be 27-44 shortly after the break with French point guard Jonathan Rousselle in a state of grace (16 points with four baskets of three points in the comeback) to help Ondrej Balvin, the main stronghold of Alex Mumbrú’s team (18, 12/8 Q2, 6, 3 steals, 5 dunks and 21).
Five points followed by Abalde and the first triple by Carroll (0-8) They began to put a game down for Madrid in its first quarter dominated almost at will by Alocén, who advanced his team by up to 13 points (10-23) before those first minutes ended 12-23.
In Bilbao Basket the only one who opposed the resistance team was the giant Balvin despite having in front of a Tavares bigger still and also toned.
Similar was the second quarter, in which Thomson, Taylor y Llull They took over from their young teammates to stretch a difference to 17 points (27-44) that remained at 15 at halftime (29-44) for a basket from Serron, the only local that would make Mumbrú happy with Balvin.
As in the first quarter with 10-14, the Czech pivot had given a thread of hope to his team, leading a reaction that put the locals just seven points (25-32) 4 minutes from the first return to the changing rooms.
It seemed almost everything said in the first 20 minutes, but Rousselle rebelled against the fate of the match, went into ecstasy and with four three-point plays, two triples and two 2 + 1, turned the match around in three and a half minutes (48-46).
The partial conceded by Madrid, 21-2, made Laso very angry, who, according to his words in a time out, he did not quite “understand” the 17-2 that his team conceded at the beginning of a third quarter that, unbelievably, finished ‘the men in black’ ahead (60-58).
The 31-14 of those ten minutes fourth obviated more explanations and Laso put Facu Campazzo on the court, unprecedented in the first 30 minutes. But the Argentine could not change the course of the clash, which was already on a path of equality until the final three minutes, which were still ahead of the locals (74-73).
But seven points in a row for whites, including one of the several Llull baskets and another of Thompkins’ also several triples, and several errors from Bilbao decided a match in favor of the leader (73-79) that Bilbao Basket, however, he fought with options until the last seconds (78-81, 17.8 from the end).
But Madrid ended up keeping undefeated Against an opponent much better than expected due to the 1-5 that was reflected in the classification and that, after losing by 17 points, came back and dreamed of victory until the last breath before the clash ended 83-85. after a triple from Kulboka with less than a second to go.- Technical sheet:
83 – RETAbet Bilbao Basket (12+17+31+23): Rousselle (16), Jaylon Brown (16), Alex Reyes (3), Aaron Jones (4) and Balvin (18) -starting five-; Hakanson (14), Kljajic (2), Serron (2), Kulboka (6), Dos Anjos (2) and Betolaza.
85 – Real Madrid (23 + 21 + 14 + 27): Alocén (10), Abalde (9), Carroll (10), Garuba (2) and Tavares (6) -initial five-; Laprovittola (3), Campazzo (6), Llull (14), Taylor (7), Reyes (2) and Thompkins (16).
Partial: 12-23, 29-44 (rest); 60-58 and 83-85 (final).
Referees: Rubén Sánchez, Javier Torres and Carlos Peruga. Eliminated by fouls Rousselle (m.40).
Incidents: Game of the sixth day of the Endesa League, postponed in its day by a positive in the white team, played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla behind closed doors.