Real Madrid annulled the "Mirotic effect" -the former Real Madrid player whom Barcelona has taken out of the NBA to make him their star signing- and beat Barça, 89-79, in the final of the Spanish Basketball Super Cup thanks to its greater intensity, in defense and attack, and pace of play.
Madrid had a poor staging in the game with Anthony Randolph jinxed in his persistence in shooting and Barça went 0-6. Nikola Mirotic was the first to nail a dagger with a triple that opened the scoring.
The Argentine Facundo Campazzo put an end to this situation with a hurried but effective penetration and then Jaycee Carroll joined the reaction. After five minutes, the 6-6 allowed the locals to start the match again.
The two teams, aware that their set-up is not ideal, tried to fortify themselves in defense, but between the fact that the systems still do not flow in attack and that the aim is not yet at full capacity, there were no differences and the first act ended with a 21-20.
In the second quarter, Madrid learned their lesson and endorsed Barça with an 8-0 start. Thanks to their greater defensive intensity and pace of play, in addition to the success of Rudy Fernández and Jordan Mickey, Madrid built a solid lead, 36-25 (m.15.45).
Barça tried to weather the storm but could not find a way to overcome the Madrid defense. Neither Malcom Delaney nor Brandon Davies, who carried the scoring weight in the first quarter, found relief. The result of the second act, 27-13, is quite explicit. At rest, 48-33.
After passing through changing rooms, Barcelona failed to put anything new on the court that would shorten the distance and Madrid, little by little but with a firm step, consolidated the score, 54-35 (m.23).
The intimidation of Walter 'Edy' Tavares, the opportunism and effectiveness of Carroll and the direction of Campazzo were important in the third act.
Davies threw the team behind him and from the fight for the rebound, the annotation and the claw made it possible for Barça to return to the game, 54-45 (m.24.30), after a devastating partial of 0-10 in minute and medium, with Tavares' personal fourth included.
Until the end of the third quarter, the game was even and the exchange of baskets was the keynote until reaching 69-63, with Mirotic scoring prominence. Mickey also committed his personal fourth (m.29).
With only 6 points ahead and its two pivots with 4 personnel, Madrid made use of the captain, Felipe Reyes, and went on to play with five little ones. Madrid gained speed in attack and defense and restored part of its advantage, 74-65 (m.31.15).
Barça pushed with Mirotic in charge, but Rudy's great work prevented greater evils, 78-70 (m.36). Laso moved pieces and the accumulated experience of the players did the rest.
Madrid annulled the Mirotic effect, beat Barça 89-79 and renewed the title of champion.