An “El Clasico” game took place in Round 28 of the Spanish Liga Endesa regular season yesterday. Real Madrid hosted their rivals, FC Regal Barcelona, and prevailed 91-78. Both teams occupy the second and third places in the Spanish league standings respectively. Real Madrid is one game behind league-leading Unicaja Malaga with their 23-5 record, while Barca is one game ahead of fourth-placer Bilbao Basket with their 19 wins and nine losses.
It was one of six games on tap for Sunday, but this clash between two Top 4 teams that treated fans of Spanish hoops to an enjoyable lunchtime treat. The end score is deceptive, as the game was close for majority of its duration. Both clubs exchanged baskets in the first half, with Real Madrid gaining the 44-38 halftime edge. The hosts greeted their guests with their signature fast-paced offense, but Barcelona was up to the task, up at least until the fourth quarter. In fact, the visiting blue shirts managed to take a three-point lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Things drastically changed as the last minutes ticked by. It was a perfect storm of sorts for the home team. Real Madrid went on a rampage on the offensive end, while Barca went into a complete meltdown. The result… Real Madrid explodes for 23 points compared to Barca’s seven. Ante Tomic, who did his best to keep Barca within striking distance for most of the contest, was unable to rally his teammates behind him to match Real Madrid’s surge. Real Madrid was impressive as far as their shooting from long rane was concerned. They knocked down 8-of-15 triples for the game, compared to Barca’s 7-of-23, but that was just one aspect to this multi-faceted result. Solid and consistent execution of their offense was key for Real Madrid in this affair and they were rewarded in the end.
Ante Tomic led Barcelona with 22 points and nine rebounds. Tomas Satoransky was the only other blue shirt to hit double figures with his 10 points. Real Madrid’s Jaycee Carroll paced his team with his hot shooting to finish with a game-high 26 points. He nailed 4-of-6 shots from three-point range. The backcourt tandem of Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull combined for 25 points and 11 assists.
Here are the rest of the results of the games that took place of the weekend.
Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid vs. Unicaja Malaga, 78-85
UCAM Murcia vs. La Bruixa d’Or Manresa, 83-72
Montakit Fuenlabrada vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014, 65-76
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias vs. FIATC Juventud, 88-83
Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB vs. Bilbao Basket, 77-72
Valencia Basket vs. Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian, 109-86
CAI Zaragoza vs. MoraBanc Andorra, 84-79
Baloncesto Sevilla vs. Laboral Kutx Vitoria, 83-91