Real Madrid does not fail against Joventut before receiving Partizán

The Cazoo Baskonia consolidates its co-leadership and certifies the relegation of Carplus Fuenlabrada


Real Madrid beat Joventut in Badalona (76-86), on the twenty-ninth day of the Endesa League, and is full of confidence before the Euroleague ‘Playoff’ against Partizán, on a Sunday in which the Cazoo Baskonia reaffirmed its co-leadership against a Carplus Fuenlabrada that completed its relegation (93-112) and in which Lenovo Tenerife secured the ‘Playoff’ with its victory against Río Breogán (85-67).

Chus Mateo’s men, third in the table, managed to recover from the Clásico defeat with two consecutive victories against Bàsquet Girona (89-70) and the ‘Penya’, the latter thanks to their remarkable performance in a magnificent first quarter in the They already started with a 0-8 run to put the game on track (18-30).

The white team limited itself to defending its income in a clash in which Croatian forward Mario Hezonja stood out, who finished with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists for a PIR of 20. The Catalans made up the result with a final set of 11-1 after going up to 20 points behind.

In this way, the Madrid team is loaded with optimism to begin its Euroleague ‘Playoff’ against Partizán this Tuesday at the Wizink Center. They will play the first two games at the Madrid venue before the tie moves to the Stark Arena in Belgrade.

At the Fernando Martín, Cazoo Baskonia equaled their all-time three-point record (19) to establish themselves in the co-leaderate in a clash in which Carplus Fuenlabrada confirmed their relegation (93-112). After the triumphs of BAXI Manresa and Real Betis, the only thing the Madrileños could do was win, but the Vitoria gale put a stop to their aspirations.

The American point guard Markus Howard, with 26 points and 21 PIR credits, led a Basque team that took the reins with a 4-15 run and that four minutes from intermission led by +18. ‘Fuenla’ closed the gap at the restart, but Joan Peñarroya’s men did not let the victory escape, second of the week.

Meanwhile, Unicaja consolidated itself as the fittest team at the moment in the domestic competition after winning its sixth consecutive victory, this time against Casademont Zaragoza (70-74). The people from Málaga, who came to march 12 points behind, entrusted themselves to the Montenegrin point guard Kendrick Perry (22 points and a PIR of 25) and the American power forward Will Thomas (13 points) to overcome the clash and establish themselves in fourth position in the the board.

In addition, Lenovo Tenerife, fifth, mathematically became a ‘Playoff’ team by beating Río Breogán (85-67), with Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini leading the aurinegros (20 points, 8 rebounds and a PIR of 27). . The Galicians, for their part, concede their third defeat in a row and are two wins away from the privileged positions.

At the bottom of the table, BAXI Manresa, with a great Devin Robinson (17 points, 8 rebounds and a PIR of 23), beat UCAM Murcia (93-83) to take a good step towards permanence. With a balance of 9-19, the Bages team has an income victory over the relegation zone.

Precisely from the danger positions, Real Betis managed to get out this Sunday, storming the Fontes do Sar to endorse the third consecutive defeat to Monbus Obradoiro (67-82). The Latvian Dairis Bertans (17 points and a PIR of 20) and the Dominican Jean Montero (20 points) were decisive for the Andalusians.