San Pablo Burgos came out willing not to be intimidated by the Super Cup champion and the first thing he made clear is that despite the many changes in his squad, he continues to maintain the competitive gene.
The lack of continuity, of rhythm and the failures in the launches were common, as corresponds to a first day of the League, since the systems are still caught with tweezers and the automatisms with the new ones are not yet established.
Frenchman Guerschon Yabusele appeared before the Madrid fans and was the highlight of his team in the even first quarter, which ended with 21-18.
Madrid with 1 of 6 triples, survived thanks to its inner strength with Cape Verdean Walter ‘Edy’ Tavares and French Vincent Poirier. The Burgos, with 2 of 3 triples, leaned on the long arms of Serbian Dejan Kravic.
In the second quarter, two consecutive triples by Sergio Llull meant the maximum local advantage in the 13th minute (31-26), but then the dark side of Madrid emerged that was almost five minutes without scoring. The Castilian team achieved a partial 0-7 in this time although insufficient to go to the dressing rooms with an advantage, 36-34.
The 4 of 14 in Madrid triples, in the first twenty minutes, was surpassed by the Castilians with 4 of 8.
The intimidation of Tavares, the defensive improvement of Real Madrid and the attempt to get the ball to flow with more speed was the cause of a 4-0 in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
But, once again, Burgos got hooked on the game again through the good deeds of Nigerian Suleiman Braimoh and Estonian Kristian Kullamaee, who rose 42-44 (m.25.30) to the scoreboard.
The low percentages in the shots, of two and three, weighed down the scoring of a Real Madrid that could not materialize its theoretical superiority on the court. At the end of the third quarter, 55-52 and everything to be decided.
Madrid only threw a triple in the third period and scored it, by 3 of 6 from Burgos.
With six triples thrown and missed in the first three minutes of the quarter of truth, Madrid began to see the ears of the Castilian wolf, who did not take advantage of this circumstance, 55-54 (min. 33.30).
Poirier, after 4 minutes, managed to inaugurate the local score, and Adam Hanga in transition finally connected a triple to return Madrid to the advantage zone, 60-59. And Sergio Llull with another shot behind the 6.75 meter line increased the lead to 63-59 with four minutes left.
Another triple from Llull, 66-61, eased Madrid’s path to victory with a Burgos who began to miss shots and commit many turnovers.
In the end, with Poirier blocking everything that came close to his rim, up to 5 put, Madrid took the victory 70-63, a victory much more complicated than anticipated.
70 – Real Madrid (21 + 15 + 19 + 15): Causeur (4), Heurtel, Hanga (14), Tavares (5) and Yabusele (9) -starting five-, Williams-Goss (9), Vukcevic, Alocen , Poirier (11), Llull (12) and Taylor (3).
63 – San Pablo Burgos inherits (18 + 16 + 18 + 11): Kravic (8), Nikolic (7), Benite (2), Braimoh (10) and Rabaseda (7) -starting five-, Kullamaee (8), Diez (8), Mcgee (8), García (3) and Zack (2).
Referees: Benjamín Jiménez, Juan de Dios Oyón and Héctor Báez. Stephen Zack was eliminated by five personals (d. 37).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the first day of the Endesa League played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid. Before the start Sergio Llull, captain of Real Madrid, offered the fans the recently won Super Cup title. A minute of silence was observed for those killed by the Covid-19 pandemic.