Caja Laboral edge Madrid, ACB round-up

Caja Laboral took a 2-1 lead in their semi-final series with a thrilling 82-79 overtime win over Real Madrid.

With this win the side from Vitoria are now one win away from advancing to the Liga Endesa finals to face either Barcelona or Valencia in the finals.

For Real Madrid, they will see this as the game that got away from them and it ultimately it could be the deciding factor in this series. They led 66-62 with under two minutes left in regulation thanks to a bucket in the lane from Sergio Llull, who hit 12 points.

Without Andres Nocioni in the line-up due to injury, fellow countryman Pablo Prigioni stepped up in the last seconds, with the visitors up 69-67, he drove to the lane and saw a wide gap.

Prigioni did the rest. It was his only field goal of the night, but it was the most vital.

The game went to overtime, with 1:45 left a Mirza Teletovic three rimmed out, only to be dunked home, off the rebound from an incoming Nemanja Bjelica, plus the foul as well as Novica Velickovic, who hit 13 points for the visitors bumped him on his way up.

Madrid were stunned, and it got worse as the true dagger was nailed when Brad Oleson, who led Caja Laboral with 17 points drained a wide open triple in the corner with 20 seconds remaining to give the hosts an 82-78 lead and seal the fate of Pablo Laso’s men.

Teletovic hit 14 points, despite struggling from the field as he went 5/18. Bjelica hit 13.

Sergio Rodriguez led Real Madrid with 19 points on the night. His hard work unfortunately went unrewarded.

Game four is tomorrow night.