El Real Madrid renewed last season to Guerschon Yabusele for three seasons, an agreement that the whites will have celebrated almost like a title. French ‘La Tanqueta’ is going to give a lot of joy to the Madrid parish. Bulky, with great mobility, good hand and magnet for rebounds, the Gaul is a cyclone when it sets. The victory against Baskonia (89-74) carried his signature. those of lasso worried about him positive from Tavares announced two hours before the match and that puts the next Clasico in danger for him, but the nerves barely lasted a few minutes, those that Yabusele took in taking the Baskonistas ahead.
Your staging, as if to celebrate its recent renovation, it was pluperfect. He scored, rebounded, assisted and knocked down with his relentless momentum the Baskonia players who crossed his path. In the first 12 minutes who was on the pitch before Laso sat him down, the Frenchman signed 15 points with an impeccable series (6/6 t2 and 1/1) triples, to which he added five rebounds and an assist for 22 credits of valuation. Impossible to do more in less time. And on the back of his body Madrid took control (29-21, min 12).
A Baskonia without rhythm and very soft in defense
The Baskonia, without rhythm in attack, inferior in the physical plane and very soft in defense, barely survived the Whites’ recital in the first quarter (25-17 with 8/10 t2 and 3/5 t3) thanks to the pecks of Enoch y Baldwin. Little thing to stop a very successful and much more intense rival. In the second room he sat Yabusele and Thompkins came out, who had not played for eight months (since he underwent an arthroscopy on his knee). The Madrid, with Heurtel, Llull, Hanga, Randolph and Thompkins on track something got stuck and Baskonia woke up (34-28, min 15).
It was a seen and not seen because Randolph (13+12) and Abalde (15+4+3), very active all night, and Thompkins and Llull with their triples led a partial of 14-3 that stopped the Baskonia effervescence and put the whites in orbit (48-31, min 19). Granger stopped the bleeding somewhat by making two baskets before the break (50-35). The defense from Vitoria was leaking and allowed the madridistas to score easily, who on top of they impose their physical power to master the few rejections that there were (17-8 in rebounds).
Maximum white income (59-39, min 25) and Baskonia reaction
The panorama did not change at the beginning of the third act. Give it back, who else, scored the first basket and Poirier and Talker they established the maximum local income almost without breaking a sweat (59-39, min 25). The Baskonia then shot with pride, He finally pushed back and returned to the game with a triple by Baldwin and two by Costello (61-48, min 27), But as it happened in the first part, the joy did not last long in the side from Vitoria because a triple by Randolph and two three-point plays by Abalde they aborted the visiting revival in just three minutes (69-50, min 30).
He didn’t throw in the towel yet he Baskonia, that taking advantage of the relaxation of the whites He put in one last bite with the offensive fang of Giedraitis and Baldwin (75-64, min 37). For a few moments the impossible for the Vitorians seemed not to be, but the triples of Abalde, Taylor and Thompkins (up to 11 scored by the whites) sealed the meritorious victory of the Madrid team (89-74), which ended up overwhelming his rival on the rebound (39-15).
89 – Real Madrid (25 + 25 + 19 + 20): Causeur (7), Abalde (15), Poirier (11), Yabusele (17) and Taylor (10) -initial team-, Williams-Goss, Randolph (13), Heurtel (3), Hanga, LLull (3) and Thompson (10).
74 – Battles of the Basque Country (17 + 18 + 15 + 24): Baldwin (16), Granger (8), Enoch (11), A. Peters (8) and Giedraitis (10) -initial team-, L. Peters (6), Sedekerskis (4), Fontecchio (2), Costello ( 9) and Kurucs.
rbitros: Sreten Radovic (CRO), Milivoje Jovcic (SRB) and Robert Vyklicky (RCH). Steven Enoch was eliminated by 5 personal (min.39).
Incidents: Match corresponding to day 21 of the Euroleague played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid before 4,553 spectators. Hours before the match, Real Madrid announced the loss due to positive in COVID of the Cape Verdean pvot Walter Tavares. Rudy Fernndez and Tristán Vukcevic were also absent for the same reason.