86-88: Real Madrid win after coming back from 12 points down in three minutes

Carroll, with six three-pointers, 26 points and a PIR of 22, and Rudy who scored the winning basket stood-out in the difficult win over CB Canarias

C. T.

It was harder than they expected, but Real Madrid secured a win in the dying seconds in Tenerife. An important win despite the difficulties as it keeps them unbeaten in the Endesa League, and keeps them top of the table. Carroll was immense, and with his accurate shooting scored six triples and 26 points. A heart stopping end and proof that this Madrid team is getting more and more hooked on comebacks: in just under three minutes they turned round an 82-70 score line. The last basket fell to Rudy and this time he took it. Assisted by Rodríguez, he made it 86-88: a victory that keeps them top of the table.

The players were drained, with three flights in three days, hundreds of kilometres and a temperature change between matches to take into account. But they made no excuses. Real Madrid arrived in Tenerife feeling disappointed after coming close to a hard-fought win in Moscow, and started well. They looked like they had recovered and were ready for anything. They were strong in attack and defence in the opening minutes, but this was only an illusion. CB Canarias, who were anxious to take the win from Madrid, tried to intimidate them and did this with Rost and Bivià. Martínez’s team went on a 12-0 run, giving them a comfortable lead which the Whites could not reduce by the end of the first quarter as defensive errors and little attacking left them on 23-16.

After a few moments rest and listening to Laso, things started to look different. Begic easily scored six consecutive points and Reyes started to add some intensity under the hoops and add to the score. Madrid’s dominance on the rebound, at this point they had twice as many as CB Canarias (22-10), allowed them to develop their game better, although there were players who continued to cause them damage such as the former Madrid B-team player Richotti, who was his team’s highest scorer with 9 points. A 3-14 run in the opening moments of the period put Madrid seven points up on the score board, which Laso’s players still had going into the break: 36-43. Begic who was solid in the opening moments, Reyes who is always reliable and went into the break with 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Carroll who scored two three-pointers, helped turn the score around. One of Rudy’s patented slam-dunks added a touch of spectacle.

After the break the Whites found the going hard again. A broken rhythm and no points in the opening minutes meant that the home team started to believe they had a chance again. Saúl Blanco caused damage in this spell, accompanied by Sekulic, and managed to reverse the lead. The Whites were struggling and could not break through the home team’s defence but soon started to catch fire. Carroll from the distance (three three-pointers, 11 points), and Draper who worked hard to change the rhythm and scrap in defence, and who finished the quarter with a spectacular three-pointer on the buzzer, between them scored the points which would turn around a scoreboard that did not stop switching and did not settle on one team. The period ended 58-61.

With everything still to play for, the Whites went into the final period out of sorts. A three-pointer from Carroll, who already had four, did not put Martinez’s team off their objectives. Rost continued to cause damage along with Saúl Blanco and Guillén. The home team’s better control of the rebound, which managed to cover up the figures from the first half, as well as poor defence by Madrid and problems in attack that left a 14-1 run, putting CB Canarias 10 points up. But Madrid, with their pride wounded, found the extra strength and thanks to two consecutive three pointers from Rudy and the unstoppable Carroll, who carried on attacking the enemy from distance, managed to come back. In fact, their resurrection took no more than three minutes. With 180 seconds left until the end of the match, CB Canarias were 12 points up. This is where Laso’s players worked their miracle and turned the score around. The match had a tense, frenetic end: a three-pointer by Carroll with 28 seconds left levelled the scores, and the win came from Rudy who, assisted by Rodríguez who ran down possession, managed to get the ball in. 86-88 in the end and still unbeaten.

CB CANARIAS 86 (23+13+22+28):

Úriz (2), Rost (9), Blanco (15), Donaldson (4), Sekulic (9) -cinco inicial-, Guillén (18), Richotti (11), Bivia (9), Lampropoulos (9) y Chagoyen (-).REAL MADRID 88 (16+27+18+27): Rodríguez (2), Rudy Fernández (16), Pocius (7), Mirotic (8) y Slaughter (6) -cinco inicial- Draper (5), Carroll (26), Suárez (1), Reyes (9), Begic (8) y Hernangómez (-).

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