Real Madrid annihilates Valencia and access its seventh Cup final followed

  • Campazzo and Tavares guided Laso's to a comfortable victory
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Real Madrid has qualified this Saturday for their seventh consecutive final in the Copa del Rey after overwhelming Valencia Basket at Martín Carpena (91-68), where Facundo Campazzo and Walter Tavares, unstoppable in their respective functions, have submitted to their I crave an opponent well below his usual level.

After four quarter-final duels full of emotion, the semifinals left the first beating of the tournament, very unexpected in which as Valencia Basket came from eliminating Barça with a very serious performance. Your second Cup title should continue to wait in this 21st century.

The main culprit was Campazzo, hyperactive in every corner of the court to complete a sensational statistic: 15 points, 9 assists, 7 steals and 31 valuation in less than 23 minutes of play. Tavares was not behind with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 21 valuation and the usual intimidation that do not reflect the numbers, but that the rival always feels like salt on the wound.

The staging of Real Madrid was devastating, a 9-0 in less than three minutes with two references as clear as not surprising: Tavares in defense and Campazzo everywhere, the particular duo sharpener of the white team, stifling for any rival when comes out to bite from the beginning.

The first time he stepped on the bench, shortly after starting the second quarter, the Argentine had 5 steals and 16 valuations. He left to rest with the work done: his team in clear advantage (28-13, min.12) and a maniatado rival who stayed in 20 points to rest. When Tavares followed, Real Madrid threw more than six minutes without scoring.

Campazzo fiddles with a sunken Valencia

But that drought was of little importance because Valencia Basket also didn't find answers on the perimeter and it took 10 attempts to score its first triple. Bojan Dubljevic scored his first basket in the 15th minute and if the game had some rest left in the break (34-20) it was because Real Madrid was not fine in the shot, especially Rudy Fernández and Sergio Llull with a 0/9 between the two. To those of Pablo Laso it was enough to overwhelm a bounced and confused opponent in the rebound (40-26 at the end).

The doubt after the break was to know if Valencia Basket had arguments and gasoline to dream of the comeback and the answer was clear: no. Campazzo hit the bugle again, leading an even more hungry pack to the smell of blood. The game was sentenced before the last quarter (62-37, min. 27) and the only unknown was the size of the tunda.

With a triple of Llull the maximum of 30 was reached (83-53, min.35). Only at this moment did Real Madrid relax and dose players thinking about the final, a luxury in such a demanding tournament. This is how Nicolás Laprovittola and Felipe Reyes debuted in this Cup, who became the player with the most victories in the history of the competition (34) beating Juan Carlos Navarro.


REAL MADRID: Campazzo (15), Carroll (12), Deck (7), Randolph (16) and Tavares (9) – initial quintet–; Llull (6), Rudy (-), Thompkins (9), Taylor (5), Causeur (8), Laprovittola (-) and Reyes (4).

VALENCIA BASKET: Vives (8), Marinkovic (2), Doornekamp (7), Ndour (4) and Dubljevic (7) – initial quintet–; Colom (9), Tailor (3), Saint Emeterio (-), Labeyrie (5), Tobey (11) and Abalde (12).

– PARTIALS: 18-11, 16-9, 33-24 and 24-24.

– ARBITRATORS: Hierrezuelo, Peruga and Oyón. Without eliminated.

– PAVILION: Martín Carpena. 10,437 spectators