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Pete Mickeal. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB.

The reigning champions of the Liga Endesa were not able to win what would have been their fifth Endesa Super Cup. Barça Regal lost in Zaragoza to a Real Madrid side that had devastating accuracy.

Clash of styles

Barça Regal, with Lorbek and Tomic in the paint, went up against a Madrid side that focused on perimeter shooting. Rudy and Llull nailed three three-pointers within the first three minutes (6-11). The worst bit of news for Pascual’s men, however, was that Mickeal had notched up two personal fouls.

Accuracy from the perimeter

The managers quickly started sending in fresh players. Mirotic and Carroll stepped up for Madrid and took their team to a 18-25 lead. The difference was clearly each team’s field goal accuracy. Madrid hit six three-pointers from eight attempts in the first quarter (23-30). In the paint, the Jawai-Begic matchup was electric. On the Azulgrana side, Rabaseda was leading his team’s attack with eight points (26-32).

Azulgrana reaction

The Azulgranas battled back thanks to Jawai’s work in the paint, a three-pointer from Lorbek and a quick counterattack finished off by Joe Ingles (36-42, min 17). It was a turning point for the team. With the Australian player on fire, Barça Regal drew level in terms of three-pointer scored. Barça were all of the sudden within a point of their opponents at the break (42-43).

Madrid pull away

Real Madrid’s shooters took control of the game at the start of the second half. Los Blancos went on a 0-10 run which put Madrid up 46 to 56. However, the Huertas-Jawai connection and two three-pointers form Lorbek and Rabaseda kept the Liga champions in the match (56-61, min 27). Barça’s play wasn’t fluid, and the shots from the perimeter simply weren’t going in. The fact that Barça were in foul trouble didn’t allow the team to defend with the necessary aggressiveness needed to stop Madrid (56-65, min 30).

Fight back comes too late

The last 10 minutes of the match didn’t start well for the Azulgranas. Madrid had a 19 point advantage (62-81, min 33). It didn’t look good for Barça, but the team kept on fighting. The Azulgranas went on a 8-0 run and Jawai and Mickeal were not ready to throw in the towel. Rudy Fernández - MVP, 22 points- scored a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to seal Madrid’s win.

MATCH STATS

FCB REGAL, 84
R.MADRID, 95

FCB Regal: Huertas (3), Ingles (16), Mickeal (5), Lorbek (14) y Tomic (7) -starting five-, Rabaseda (11), Sada (5), Abrines (0), Jawa (20) y Wallace (3).

R.Madrid: Llull (14), Rudy (22), Mirotic (11), Suárez (5) y Slaughter (5) -starting five-, Pocius (2), Reyes (9), Sergio Rodríguez (8), Begic (2) y Carroll (17).

Referees: Pizarro, Conde and García González.


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