Real survive Unicaja's comeback to take third win in ACB

2022-10-09 12:39

Sergio Llull hit a tough contested floater with just over half a minute to go in the fourth quarter to lead Real Madrid past Unicaja Malaga.

Credit: Real Madrid Baloncesto
Credit Real Madrid Baloncesto

Following their first EuroLeague win, Real Madrid came back to play on the local front. The Royal club grabbed its third straight Liga Endesa win by defeating Unicaja Malaga 76-71 (18-14, 19-17, 19-16, 20-24).

Real had a 6-point cushion (37-31) at halftime. Chus Mateo's men spurted 9-0 at the start of the third quarter to gain a solid 15-point advantage (46-31).

The favorites led by 12 with three minutes to go (69-57) but Unicaja then went on to score 9 points to just two from their opponents and narrowed the deficit to five (66-71). Edy Tavares missed a difficult layup and then fouled Dylan Osetkowski on the other side.

Player of the Game
Guerschon  Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
Points 12
Accuracy 2-7
Rebounds 6
Assists 0

Tavares received a technical foul on top, and Unicaja were just two points behind after converting all three free throws (69-71). Real had the ball in their hands with under a minute to go.

Sergio Llull then converted a tough floater to put the team up by four (73-69). The home club didn't manage to come back again, and Real celebrated their third victory in Liga Endesa.

Dzanan Musa led Real with 15 points, Edy Tavares added 14 points and 7 rebounds while Guerschon Yabusele contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Dario Brizuela played his best match of the season yet, scoring 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting to be the top scorer of the match.

Real: Dzanan Musa 15 (6/8 FT), Edy Tavares 14 (6/10 2PT, 7 REB, 4 TO), Guerschon Yabusele 12 (2/6 2PT, 8/8 FT, 6 REB).

Unicaja: Dario Brizuela 17 (7/8 2PT), Dylan Osetkowski 13 (3/8 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 6 REB), David Kravish 10 (5/6 2PT, 5 REB).


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