Spanish Liga Endesa Review Round 10

This round featured easy games for Spanish powerhouses and a few high scoring games.

UCAM Murcia 74 – 78 Herbalife Gran Canaria

Interesting game played in Murcia, where the local team fell short to overcome a gap of 17 points in the last quarter. Romanian center Cate had a great day with 16 points and 11 rebounds, proving that he is a well stablished center in the league, and not just the young prospect he used to be a few years ago. Frankamp helped with 16 points and 8 assists but a poor shooting chart. For Gran Canaria, it was Albicy, Costello and Wiley who led the charge, combining for 40 points.

TD Systems Baskonia 82 – 68 RETAbet Bilbao Basket

Baskonia killed it fast in the game between two Basque teams. By the end of the first half the gap was already 14 points, so Bilbao did its best to go back home as proudly as possible. Polonara had another great night with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Vildoza added 17 and Giedraitis another 13 points and 7 rebounds. On the visiting team, Balvin completely cancelled local center Jekiri, but his 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks were not enough.  

Real Madrid 79 – 68 Urbas Fuenlabrada

Once again, the third quarter proved to be crucial for Real Madrid, when they managed to get a comfortable lead after a 28-11 run. It is becoming a recent trend for Real Madrid to win its games in the third quarter after a hesitant first half. Or maybe they are just being efficient, considering the high number of games they have to play. Carroll was the top scorer with 18 points. Tavares added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Fuenlabrada could do nothing against this after three straight wins in the league upon the arrival of their new coach, Javier Juárez. However, Trimble had another great game with 23 points, but this time he did not get the support from Marc García, who was limited to 7 points only.

Iberostar Tenerife 77 – 73 Coosur Real Betis

Another close defeat for Real Betis, and they have suffered quite a few this year. This time it happened in Tenerife, against one of the most competitive teams this season. Ndoye played a spectacular game, with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but the combined effort of Shermadini, Huertas, Salin and Guerra were too much for the visiting team. Still, the game was close until the end of the game, but a couple of free throws for Tenerife decided the game.

Casademont Zaragoza 102 – 103 BAXI Manresa

The score might make you think that there were a couple overtimes played in this game, but no. It all happened in 40 minutes. What a spectacular game, with up to three players scoring more than 20 points for the local: Benzing (27), Seeley (22) and Brussino (21). For Manresa, Eatherton led the scorers with 20 points, well assisted by Tabu (18), Pérez (14) and Martínez (12). Hinrichs scored two free throws with 2.5 seconds left and Zaragoza could not score the last shoot, which could have given them the win in the first game of the Argentinian coach Sergio Hernández.

Movistar Estudiantes 78 – 92 Barcelona

Easy game for the visiting team, which managed to break the score early in the first quarter, in spite of the good performance by Roberson and Brown, who combined to score 35 points. Non-regular players like Martínez, Bolmaro and Pustovyi took their chance, with the Ukrainian center scoring 18 points and grabbing 5 rebounds, while Mirotic scored 14 points in 16 minutes. It is so easy for him to score.

Valencia Basket 81 – 99 Hereda San Pablo Burgos

Perfect game played by the BCL winner, which managed to overcome its rival in every aspect of the game. Up to 18 three-pointers were scored to defeat a Valencia Basket which never saw it coming. Cuban center Jasiel Rivero had an outstanding night with 25 points and 6 rebounds, while Benite added 16 points with 5 basket from behind the arc. For Valencia, Derrick Williams finally showed up with 15 points in the losing effort. Prepelic and Labeyrie added 13 each.

GBC – MoraBanc Andorra and Monbus Obradoiro – Joventut Badalona were postponed.