- 64-84 in Seville. Narration and statistics
After two consecutive trips away from home, the agonizing defeat in Bilbao and the uproar that took place in Zaragoza, Real Madrid needed a match like this: not only the victory, but a performance where (almost) everything went smoothly. The victim, Coosur Real Betis, who was overwhelmed out and did not find his way back (64-84). Fabien Causeur (18 points) and Trey Thompkins (16) led a victory that will allow him to maintain the Endesa League leadership for another week.
In just a few weeks, Trey Thompkins has gone from being away from the team to being one of the most intoned players. The American reached the last preseason of weight and not even the casualties of Felipe Reyes or Salah Mejri made a hole. Pablo Laso preferred to give way to the teenager Usman Garuba, who points very high and has earned it, to let a couple of injuries make him twist his arm.
The message has penetrated: Thompkins has been vital in the last two Euroleague victories, was the top scorer last week against San Pablo Burgos and lit the wick of the victory against the Andalusians. 16 points, half in a great first quarter in which Real Madrid laid the foundations for his victory: defense and foreign success. He only conceded 12 points in the first 14 minutes and at that time he scored a 7/12 in triples. Few can keep up that pace.
25 points at rest
Every time the Curro Segura team planted an area, Real Madrid seemed to have a triple ready to sow doubt. Against Sevilla, who came as the best tripler team of the ACB, failed their first 10 attempts and did not get one until the last minute of the first part.
It was not too late to try to rejoin the party, but they did not have many arguments to think about it: they went to rest with only 25 points in the locker and it took a long time to offer something in attack that was not the initiative of AJ Slaughter, who did not have his day , or Conger (20 points).
There was not a streak this time that, as before Barca, put Real Betis back in the game, or at least not on time. Well into the third quarter, only between Causeur and Thompkins did they score more points (33) than the entire Verdiblanco team (31). Only in the end, when Real Madrid relaxed in defense and its success collapsed (only got 5 of the last 24 triples), conjugated a streak that could make up the result. Little before a Real Madrid that, after two consecutive stumbling blocks, returned to convince away from home.
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