MADRID, 20 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Real Madrid capped off a great week this Sunday with their crushing victory (93-57) over UCAM Murcia on matchday eight of the Endesa League, while Barça lost (82-79) in the away derby against Joventut Badalona .
Chus Mateo's team took another step in the right direction to go 6-2, second in the table tied with Barça and Gran Canaria, one win behind leader Lenovo Tenerife. Gone is the defeat in Zaragoza, thanks to the comeback in the Euroleague, with a final resounding win also against ALBA Berlin.
The white team returned to domestic competition after the FIBA break with a great performance in the heat of the WiZink Center. With 52 points at halftime, Madrid settled the game in the first half, with outstanding performances from Poirier (23 PIR) and Musa (14 points). Six players finished in double digits in valuation and Sergio Llull became the fourth highest triple shooter in history in the competition, in his one-on-one with Rudy Fernández.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon session, Barça failed in their visit to Badalona despite having the game in hand for many minutes. Sarunas Jasikevicius's team, unlike his eternal rival, closed the week with two defeats, after Efes in the Euroleague, without knowing how to kill the game when they could. The courage and resistance of the 'Penya', who had Pau Ribas as the most outstanding with 16 points and a PIR of 18, melted Barça.
The culé team, which conceded its second league defeat, collapsed between losses and little success after the break, with 13 points in the last quarter. All in all, Higgins had a couple of triples to prevent the heroics of a Joventut that came close to losing the game with a loss from Vives. Laprovittola (19 points) gave life to Barça but did not prevent the fourth victory of his former team.
Cazoo Baskonia also had a double helping of defeats this week when they fell on their visit to BAXI Manresa (93-80). Joan Peñarroya's men confirm the bump after his good performances at the start of the season, with Frankie Ferrari (23 points and a PIR of 28) who led the Catalan squad on his return to Bages.
A vital and confident victory for Pedro Martínez's men, the second of the season still in relegation places, while Baskonia loses the option of getting closer to the top. On the other hand, Coviran Granada recovered the taste of victory to continue in Copa del Rey positions with an 80-79 victory over Río Breogán.
The direct duel within the 'Top 8' was commanded by Renfroe and Niang at the Nasrid Palace. Meanwhile, Surne Bilbao Basket broke a four-game losing streak against Carplus Fuenlabrada (109-82). A golden victory with Ludde Hakanson and Adam Smith with 22 points each to bring joy to the men in black.