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Poirier takes over from Tavares and is unleashed in the final stretch

Advance| A triplazo from Yabusele, 53 seconds from the horn, clinched the victory of Madrid (86-77) with the hammer, which remains undefeated leader, although with Barça, of the unleashed Jokubaitis, on his heels in the general average (only four points of difference). It was not the match dreamed by either Laso or Vidorreta, with Madrid already in the Euroleague and with Lenovo Tenerife one step away from starting the course in the Champions League. There was no brilliance, beyond the streak of Uruguayan point guard Bruno Fitipaldo, who had 5 of 6 in triples in the 11th minute and finished with 24 points and 7 triples (he had scored 31 against Unicaja). A more compliant than brilliant pulse, and compliant are for a while the white towers, Tavares and Poirier, who were relieved to seize the victory. The first started strong and the second finished even more, with 14 points (8 of 9 from the personal) in eight minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Aurinegro team has learned to compete against Madrid, but not to beat them. He could not three weeks ago in the Super Cup, where he touched victory, and not this Sunday either. He played well, showed his face and ended up kneeling in a last quarter in which he knew how to approach in the final stretch.

If in Santiago Martín the whites needed to shoot 18 triples to hole the first, this time they went to rest with 2 of 10, but with a high 71% in shots of two. Without Shermadini, down about a month and a half, the Lenovo was turned off in the starting paint (only two baskets in play and a single player, Sulejmanovic). Despite everything, the path of success opened by Fitipaldo kept his people in the duel. Several of his targets came after local failures to close the defensive rebound and that flocked ball reached the Uruguayan to shoot from 6.75. The best of the whites at that start was Heurtel’s offensive fluidity, a couple of details from Alocén, Hanga’s determination in the fast game, the presence of Yabusele and the increasing versatility of Tavares, each time with more vision of the game and so on. to his 4 blocks in the heights he added 4 assists, a couple of them beautifully made from the high post.

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