ACB Liga Endesa: A great Causeur knocks Baskonia down and keeps Real Madrid undefeated
ACB Liga Endesa The French signed 21 points in 18 minutes
EHe was out for three weeks after testing positive for covid-19, but he has not forgotten to play basketball. Fabien Causeur won the battle against the bug and yesterday, with new bros, he led the triumph of Real Madrid against Baskonia (92-83). The whites added their eleventh victory against the current champion and remain undefeated.
Causeur had a lot to do with it. The French had not played for a second until half-time, but his entry onto the court at the restart was providential for the Whites by leading a 15-0 start that paved the way for Madrid’s victory (55-43, min 26 ).
Baskonia, after a second exquisite quarter, on the back of Henry first and Dragic later (40-43, min 20), left the locker room asleep and the whites disarmed him with a partial of 28-15 in that act (68- 55), in which Causeur scored almost as many points (12) as all his rival. The Frenchman left the game with 21 points in 18 minutes and made Henry’s final effort (21) useless to come back.
Real Madrid began adding three at a time, and with triples from Garuba and Laprovittola and a 2 + 1 from Tavares (2.20 m), which began by winning their duel of giants against Fall (2.21 m), the whites were they felt strong at the beginning (11-7, min 5).
The panorama changed when Henry, faced with the loss of Vildoza, began to monopolize the attack of his team to the despair of Deck, his alleged blotter. The skilled American did what he wanted and when he wanted, signing 9 points in the first act to keep the pulse for Baskonia.
The Argentine forward of Madrid retaliated by also scoring 9 points in that quarter, including two triples, the best weapon of the Whites at that start (5/8 d3) to maintain a reassuring advantage (25-19, min 10) against a rival something permeable in defense that lived in attack by and for Henry.
Those deficits were going to be corrected by the Baskonistas in the second quarter, in which they increased their intensity to tie up the Madrid attack, which with its second unit on the court had more difficulties to see the basket. Baskonia did not have them because Dragic took over from Henry, and with seven consecutive points he led a 2-12 run that forced Laso to stop the game (27-31, min 14).
Randolph, Thompkins and Llull put some light on the Madrid attack, while in the Vitoria, with Henry somewhat tired after being overtaken by up to three defenders (Deck, Llull and Taylor), Polonara was the most productive to allow his team to leave the rest with advantage (40-43). The whites had shot more than three (8/17) than two (6/8), but Baskonia gave them the reply (7/17 t3).
In the resumption, Madrid put the batteries back and was clairvoyant in attack thanks mainly to Causeur, who had not intervened in the game until then and they fell apart. The French leader with two triples, a 15-0 starting run that put his team in orbit (55-43, min 26).
The missing Baskonia Henry paradoxically defended by Laprovittola, took six minutes to score in this act. Causeur was still unleashed – neither Sedekerskis nor Kurucs hit him – and with 12 points in this act, almost as many as his rival (28-15), he made it possible for the maximum white income (68-53, min 30).
The Frenchman made five points to stabilize his team’s advantage in the final quarter, but Henry again pulled the Vitorian car and his prolific connection with Sedekerskis brought his team closer (78-73, min 36). At that decisive moment Thompkins, Causeur and Abalde emerged to stabilize local income (85-75, min 38).
A triple by Henry made the Baskonians dream (85-78, at 2.14), but in the next attack Peters missed without opposition the triple that would have put pressure on Madrid, who put out the fire with two free throws from Causeur, the party man. Henry’s last five points were insufficient (89-83 with 37 seconds remaining), because Llull certified the victory with a final 2 + 1 (92-83).
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