Real Madrid sweeps Baskonia and advance to the finals

Jeremy Philippe

Los Blancos converted their first opportunity to reach the final on the road as they won 85-77. Walter Tavares delivered one of his best performance this season.

Real Madrid didn’t have to show off their talent to get past Baskonia in the ACB playoffs semifinals. Walter Tavares has been the best player in this series so far, averaging 16.6 points, 11 rebounds and 1.3 block per game.

Chus Mateo coached the team due to the absence of Pablo Laso who has been admitted to the hospital few days ago. Wade Baldwin tried his best to force an other game, finished as the game leading scorer with 26 points on a 11/20 shooting performance while playing 36 minutes. Walter Tavares answered back with a tremendous double-double, 23 points et 12 boards. Four players scored 14 points or more for Los Blancos : Fabien Causeur (14), Gabriel Deck (17), Adam Hanga (18) and Tavares (23). They combined for 71 points, 6 points less than Baskonia.

Latest news concerning Pablo Laso are reassuring as he is now back at home. The tactician will have to take some rest and to undergo specific medical treatment.

Neven Spahija coached his last game with Baskonia as Joan Penarroya is the frontrunner for the job next season.

Real Madrid are waiting their opponent in the final, Barcelona or Joventut Badalona.

Photo : Walter Tavares (Euroleague)

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