MoraBanc Andorra demanded a lot from Madrid, which took a dangerous curve with the limping car. The whites drew it well, with a good disposition and mentality and clinging to the colossus Tavares, every day more decisive, capable of multiplying their numbers and their effect with a little more rest. He finished with 16 points (6 of 7 of two; 1 of 1 in triples, the first of his career; and 1 of 1 from the personal), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, no losses and 2 blocks and a recovery for 32 PIR at 12:11 pm on the track. But it is that in 8:56 of the last quarter he endured with three fouls and grouped 12 points, 6 rejections and 18 credits. Demolition Man. Madrid continues to lead, on a special day for Jeff Taylor, who landed in Spain in 2015 and this Sunday has added 364 matches with the white jersey. It ranks Bullock as the second foreigner in merengue history with the most encounters, behind only the unattainable Jaycee Carroll: 668.
Faced with difficulties, cool mind and determination. Andorra knows this well, very punished by a coronavirus outbreak that had him stopped for more than three weeks in November and now forces him to make up late days at forced marches while fighting in the Eurocup and trying to take flight in the ACB towards the playoff. And Madrid knows it, which yesterday had a magnificent staging hours after knowing the positive of Laprovittola. Alocen remained as the only pure point guard, sharing minutes in the direction with Abalde, an all-terrain forward with good vision and great ball handling for his 2.02 meters, plus the inclusion in the 12 of the minutes of the youth squad Spagnolo, who did not get to play . The handy director took the bull by the horns and came out looser than on other days. He started, assisted (3 passes) and even scored (4 goals) to set a high pace, a high cadence of actions that served his team well.
Madrid felt comfortable and opened the gap with Abalde at the helm and Causeur and Carroll correct: 35-20. Tyus relieved Tavares, in principle, well, although MoraBanc read Edy’s absence and took advantage of it. Malik Dime did it, a colossus under the ring who flew high without the glass ceiling that Tavares imposes on his rivals and that Real had a quintet with five players hovering around two meters or above (Abalde, Taylor, Deck, Thompkins and Tyus). At 41-35, Dime had 9 points, 5 sacks and 3 blocks; however, the return of the local colossus, a couple of good deeds from Taylor and a triple from Causeur gave another push.
Thompkins opened the third act with a cannon to put the +16 (54-38) and the threat of a break was aborted by Andorra with great concentration behind, which left the leader for six minutes without any basket in play: 55-49. Tavares had added three fouls and Tyus was calling him fast. The duel progressed in fits and starts, with a leading role for Thompkins, Causeur and Carroll, and before that for Sy and then also for Senglin, Jelínek and Gielo until he was within three shots: 78-75, minute 38. Tavares was already the indisputable white pillar and a reassuring 2 + 1 from Laso and sentenced with an attack rebound and a triple on the horn of possession. The one with the sentence, the first of his entire career in the ACB and the first in white. The one in Cape Verde every week makes a difference.