Credit: EuroLeague Basketball via GettyImages
Credit EuroLeague Basketball via GettyImages

Fresh off Belgrade, Real Madrid took a step in overcoming the frustration from the lost Final Four final to Anadolu Efes by taking down BAXI Manresa 93-76 (21-14, 27-15, 23-20, 22-27) in the first game for the Spanish ACB playoff quarter-finals. 

Player of the Game
Fabien  Causeur
EFF
19
Fabien Causeur
Points 17
Accuracy 5-9
Rebounds 8
Assists 1

The two teams will see each other again next Saturday in Manresa. In case Madrid prevail, they will make the semifinal round, where they will be playing the winner of the duel featuring Baskonia and Valencia. 

Guerschon Yabusele was very intense in the paint, but Manresa were able to respond to the initial blows and invited Pablo Laso 's men to shoot from three. Vincent Poirier  dominated on both ends, whilst managing to stop Chima Moneke.

The second quarter started with a triple by Sergio Llull which opened the can from the perimeter for the rest of his teammates, who began to connect from distance. Real Madrid showed consistency, leading by 19 points at half-time.

Fabien Causeur finished the game with 17 points, overtaking his fellow countryman Yabusele, who had 15. Jon Thomasson, Sylvain Fransisco and Luke Maye were the three players on the BCL finalists' squad to display double-digits in scoring. 

Real Madrid: Fabien Causeur 17 (5/9 FG, 4/4 FT, 8 REB), Guerschon Yabusele 15 (5/10 FG, 5/5 FT, 4 REB, 4 AST), Sergio Llull 12 (5/11 FG, 4 REB, 4 AST), Vincent Poirier 12 (4/7 FG, 4/4 FT, 9 REB), Gabriel Deck 9.

BAXI Manresa: Jon Thomasson 12 (5/15 FG, 1/2 FT, 7 AST), Sylvain Francisco 12 (5/11 FG, 1/2 FT), Luke Maye 10 (4/6 FG, 4 REB), Juampi Vaulet 8.

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Real Madrid
BAXI Manresa
52%
32/62
Field goals
40%
31/77
52
Rebounds
26
20
Assists
16
3
Steals
6
62%
23/37
2-pointers
42%
22/52
36%
9/25
3-pointers
36%
9/25

Best players

Fabien  Causeur
17 PTS
5/9 FG
4/4 FT
Sylvain  Francisco
12 PTS
5/11 FG
1/2 FT
Vincent  Poirier
9 REB
5 DREB
4 OREB
Chima  Moneke
6 REB
6 DREB
0 OREB
Real Madrid
Few players
4 As
Joe  Thomasson
7 As
0 TO
30 MIN
Fabien  Causeur
19 EFF
50% 2P%
60% 3P%
Luke   Maye
10 EFF
100% 2P%
50% 3P%