Real Madrid cruises in Bamberg to end road skid
Real Madrid stormed out of the gate and never looked back as it eased to a 66-81 win at Brose Bamberg on Thursday night. It was the third consecutive win for Madrid, which also snapped its four-game road losing streak and improved to 8-6. Meanwhile, Brose suffered its fourth loss in the last five games in dropping to 6-8 on the season. Madrid needed lees than 8 minutes and 10 consecutive points from Trey Thompkins to open a 15-point margin, and never allowed the hosts to get into single digits the rest of the way. Thompkins led Madrid with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Fabien Causeur netted 13 against his former club, Felipe Reyes added 10, and Walter Tavares collected 9 points and 10 rebounds in victory. Daniel Hackett led Brose with 13 points, while Lucca Staiger and Maodo Lo had 12 apiece in the losing effort.
Madrid stormed out of the gate. After a three-pointer from Dorell Wright, Tavares had a put-back dunk before Thompkins strung together 10 points, including a pair of triples to open a 3-14 lead. Two triples from Causeur, one apiece from each corner, extended the margin to 7-22. Staiger hit a couple three-pointers to get the hosts’ offense going, but Luka Doncic hit from long range and Causeur drove for a layup to make it 13-29 after 10 minutes. Hackett gave Brose an offensive boost at the start of the second quarter, hitting 3 three-pointers and getting the hosts within 22-34. Ricky Hickman scored the next 7 points for Brose, but Madrid did not allow the margin to drop into single digits. Reyes and Jaycee Carroll had their answers ready. A jumper by Carroll opened a 17-point margin, 29-46, and Madrid proceeded into halftime up 35-50.
Lo and Thompkins traded triples to start the second half, before Santiago Yusta from close range, and Causeur from long range opened a 42-60 lead. Lo and Augustine Rubit scored from the paint for the hosts, but so did Tavares – twice – before Thompkins muscled his way inside to help make it 46-68. Before the end of the quarter Staiger nailed a triple and Radosevic soared for a dunk, only for Staiger to hit from long range early in the fourth quarter, too, making it 56-70. But Thompkins answered with a three-point play, and despite a triple from Rubit and a jumper from Hackett, Madrid kept the hosts at bay, and continued cruising the rest of the way.
Thursday, December 21, 2017