Credit: Sonia Canada/Getty Images
Credit Sonia Canada/Getty Images

Real Madrid (11-2) edged out Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (7-6) 72-70 (20-18, 17-20, 13-21, 22-11) to continue Maccabi's losing streak in Madrid. It was the eleventh defeat in a row for Maccabi at WiZink Center.

Player of the Game
Walter  Tavares
EFF
17
Walter Tavares
Points 9
Accuracy 4-5
Rebounds 8
Assists 1

It was also a special day for Pablo Laso, being at the helm of Real Madrid in his 800th match.

The Royal club opened the last quarter, arranging a 6-0 run (56-59) thanks to Vincent Poirier and Fabien Causeur buckets. Though, Scottie Wilbekin and Jalen Reynolds let Maccabi breathe easier (63-56).

Both squads struggled to score, eventually, Fabien Causeur made a floater to cut Real's deficit to 5 points (60-65) with 4:23 to play. Thomas Heurtel added a trey (63-65) while Kennan Evans scored on the other end (67-63).

Walter Tavares made a strong dunk and reduced the gap between the teams to one-shot (65-67), 1:42 were left on the clock. Thomas Heurtel nailed a crucial three-pointer to give his team a minimal lead (68-67) with 1:17 to go. Both teams exchanged with unsuccessful attacks, moreover, Maccabi could not inbound the ball in 5 seconds.

Heurtel continued his solo performance, draining a duo with 28 seconds to play (70-67). However, Derrick Williams responded and tied the game at 70, as 13.9 seconds were left. On the other side, Yabusele hit a game-winning layup with 3 seconds to go. Maccabi did not have the timeouts and Ante Zizic lost control of the ball.

Match hero Guerschon Yabusele was a top performer for the Royal club, registering 15 points (7/10 2PT, 0/2 3PT, 1/1 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, 3 drawn fouls, and 17 PIR.

"That is what the coaches drew [on the go-ahead shot], so I had to get ready, get the ball, and just try to score the ball and win the game. We had to stay together. This was really important," said Yabusele post-game.

Another Frenchman Thomas Heurtel added 15 points (4/8 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 1/2 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 drawn fouls, and 13 PIR.

"We didn't have a great game, we were not shooting well, but it's true that we kept fighting until the end. The conversation [in the final timeout] was pretty clear. We thought that probably we were going to go with a big squat, trying to switch in every ball screen.

So, somehow I tried to give the ball to somebody who could attack the basket quickly without a pick-and-roll. That way, that was going to be a straight one-on-one. That's what we did and Guerschon [Yabusele] executed it great. The attack was right and he got the winning basket," Pablo Laso explained the last attack.

Scottie Wilbekin was a top scorer for Maccabi, posting 14 points (3/8 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 5/5 FT), 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 6 drawn fouls, and 12 PIR.

Real jumped into the match successfully, being front by 10 points (16-6). However, Maccabi closed the first period with a 10-2 run (18-20).

After the second quarter going neck to neck, Maccabi locked up Real in the third period, letting them score 12 points per quarter. Good defense passed on a solid offense. Keenan Evans, Oz Blayzer, and Scottie Wilbekin initiated Maccabi's 10-1 push to create a 9-point (59-50) advantage, going into the decisive 10 minutes of the match.

Real's forwards Trey Thompkins and Anthony Randolph did not participate in the match.

Real: Guerschon Yabusele 15 (5 REB), Thomas Heurtel 15 (5 REB, 5 AST), Vincent Poirier 11 (5 REB), Walter Tavares 9 (8 REB).

Maccabi: Scottie Wilbekin 14 (5 AST), Keenan Evans 10, Ante Zizic 10.

Highlights

Show comments
Highlighted (0) All (1)
Sveikiname! Jūs buvote pasirinktas dalyvauti naujame finansiniame projekte, kurio stabilios pajamos yra iki tūkstančio dolerių (1000 USD) per savaitę. Jūsų kvietimas nuoroda yra aktyvus vieną dieną: https://bit.ly/3qULk7S
2022-01-10
Reply
Thank you for reporting a comment

Add comment

We have the right to remove comments which are offensive, contains abusive language, or violates other rules of the website
Madrido Real
Tel Avivo Maccabi
45%
30/66
Field goals
48%
28/58
33
Rebounds
32
12
Assists
12
5
Steals
7
4
Blocks
4
18
Fouls
19

Best players

Thomas  Heurtel
15 PTS
6/13 FG
1/2 FT
Scottie  Wilbekin
14 PTS
4/14 FG
5/5 FT
Walter  Tavares
8 REB
4 DREB
4 OREB
Roman  Sorkin
5 REB
5 DREB
0 OREB
Thomas  Heurtel
5 As
2 TO
22 MIN
Scottie  Wilbekin
5 As
4 TO
27 MIN
Walter  Tavares
17 EFF
80% 2P%
- 3P%
Ante  Zizic
13 EFF
83% 2P%
- 3P%