Real Madrid bombards and blurs UNICS
Real Madrid regained its smile after the defeat in the Classic after overwhelming a dangerous rival like the Russian UNICS Kazan on Tuesday, whom they defeated 85-68 in a match where their defensive intensity, outside success and Walter Tavares were key to blur the revelation of the Euroleague 2021-2022, in a match postponed from matchday 18.
The Madrid team took revenge for the defeat in the first round, where they were only able to score 58 points, and secured their first position in the Regular Phase standings with a balance of 17-3 after a match in which they recovered their credentials for the entire season.
Pablo Laso’s men handcuffed their rival, who was barely able to show the virtues of his excellent campaign, especially defensively. The local team brought out their best attacking version, especially from the triple (14/31), and inside they had an unstoppable Tavares (14 points and 11 rebounds). Only his final relaxation prevented a larger victory.
And it is that UNICS could only stand up at the beginning of the duel, when they grabbed their two Browns, Lorenzo and John, to start dominating and taking the game to their ground, although the Madrid team knew how to hold on clinging to their defense already waiting for the outside shot to refine to hurt the framework designed by Perasovic to prevent the game in the ‘painting’ where the locals wanted to impose Tavares.
However, the game changed course with the entry of Sergi Llull for a Heurtel with whom Pablo Laso did not seem to be very happy. The one from Mahón fine-tuned his wrist and three triples in a row, one at the buzzer, signed a 9-0 run to close the first ten minutes ahead (21-14).
It was difficult for the Russian team to score points without the presence of Lorenzo Brown and their defensive power was undermined by the presence of Tavares and the ‘bombing’ from outside Madrid. The Cape Verdean, with a ‘2+1’, and Rudy Fernández, with a ‘3+1’ and a penetration, opened the first interesting gap (32-21).
The ten-time European champion improved with the defensive intensity that Taylor also brought, but UNICS then had its last bit of resistance, led by Hezonja, who with two triples, a spectacular ‘alley-oop’ from behind and a basket, kept to his own (35-28).
THE DIFFERENCE GOES OVER 30
But it would be for a short time because Real Madrid, despite their eight losses, accelerated again thanks to their defense, their overwhelming dominance on the rebound (40-21 at the end), their success from the triple (9/18 at halftime) and Tavares, and went to the locker room with a comfortable income (47-31).
After the break, the Madrid team quickly curtailed any hint of a Russian reaction. He maintained his defensive intensity and found the success of Guerschon Yabusele, author of three triples, and the improvement of a more toned Heurtel. Tavares continued to do his thing and despite the efforts of Jekiri and John Brown the difference stretched over 30 points (69-38).
And that’s when Real Madrid considered the match ‘completed’, knowing how demanding a schedule without rest, eased off the accelerator. Laso took advantage of it to increase the shooting of Randolph and Thompkins and UNICS to sign an 11-23 run and make up for their defeat.
–RESULT: REAL MADRID, 85 – UNICS KAZÁN, 68 (47-31, at halftime).
REAL MADRID: Williams-Goss (5), Heurtel (6), Abalde (11), Yabusele (13) and Tavares (14) – initial quintet– Poirier (5), Randolph (3), Llull (11), Thompkins (5), Alocén (-), Rudy Fernández (9) and Taylor (3).
UNICS KAZÁN: L.Brown (13), Uzinskii (3), Hezonja (10), J.Brown (4) and Vorontsevich (3) –starting five–; Spissu (3), Canaan (6), Brantley (3), Mayo (10), Jekiri (13) and Klimenko.
–PARTIALS: 21-14, 26-17, 27-14 and 11-23.
–REFEREES: Boltauzer, Paternico and Vyklicky. Without eliminated.
–PAVILLION: WiZink Center. 4,792 spectators.