Campazzo's 17 assists lead Real past Valencia
Facu Campazzo set a club record with 17 assists to lead Real Madrid to its seventh consecutive win by downing Valencia Basket 111-99 in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Real improved to 9-3 in the standings while Valencia dropped to 4-8. Thanks to Campazzo's generostiy, five different Real players scored in double figures: Anthony Randolph led the way with 18 points, Trey Thompkins added 14, Jaycee Carroll and Edy Tavares each had 12 and Jordan Mickey 10. Jordan Loyd led Valencia with 21 points, Mike Tobey added 20 and Bojan Dubljevic had 17 for the visitors. Randolph struck three times from downtown and Causeur added two more from beyond the arc to help Real get a 30-29 lead after a high-scoring first quarter. Randolph, Jeffery Taylor and Rudy Fernandez each hit a triple, but Aaron Doornekamp and Tobey kept Valencia within 53-49 at halftime. Campazzo took over after the break, finding good shots for all of his teammates in helping Real boost its margin to 74-64 late in the third quarter. Real kept an 80-70 margin after 30 minutes and quickly extended it to 87-70 behind an unstoppable Carroll to get full control of the game until the final buzzer.
Real found open shots from beyond the arc early on; Randolph hit two and Causeur added two more. Gabriel Deck added a couple of close baskets for a 16-12 Real lead. Dubljevic sank his second triple and got help from Louis Labeyrie and Loyd to bring Valencia within 21-20. Tavares followed a jump hook with a tip-in, but Dubljevic scored down low and fed Guillem Vives for a three-pointer that tied it at 25-25. San Emeterio gave Valencia its first lead, 25-27. Randolph quickly answered with a triple. Tobey took over with an alley-oop dunk before a buzzer-beating floater by Campazzo restored a 30-29 Real lead after 10 minutes. Tavares and Randolph kept pushing the hosts early in the second quarter, but Tobey kept Valencia within 35-33. Doornekamp struck from downtown but so did Taylor and Fernandez for a 43-38 Real lead. Tobey followed a dunk with a triple, however, Real found new go-to guys as Nico Laprovittola and Thompkins restored a 49-45 lead. Carroll hit a stop-and-pop jumper before Doornekamp and Brock Motum brought Valencia a bit closer, 53-49, at halftime.
Loyd and Campazzo exchanged three-pointers right after the break. Deck added a couple of backdoor layups for a 60-54 Real lead. Vives and Dubljevic tried to change things for the visitors, but Campazzo kept finding assists for everyone wearing a white jersey - Deck, Causeur, Tavares, Randolph, dishing 6 in less than 4 minutes to keep Real ahead, 68-60. Carroll and Randolph soon made it a double-digit game, 72-62. Quino Colom banked in a close shot and got help from Tobey to bring Valencia within 77-70, but a wild three-pointer by Carroll restored an 80-70 Real margin after 30 minutes. Carroll downed another triple early in the fourth quarter and followed Mickey's layup with a floater that seemed to break the game open, 87-70, after a 10-0 run. Valencia was not done, however, as Loyd and Tobey each hit a three-pointer and Labeyrie added a long jumper to bring Valencia within 89-80 with under 7 minutes left. Thompkins took over with a layup-plus-foul off a Real timeout and Mickey ignited the crowd with a put-back slam, but Tobey and Alberto Abalde kept the visitors in the picture at 94-87. Thompkins nailed back-to-back three-pointers to seal the outcome, 100-87, as Valencia did not recover in the final 3 minutes.
Anthony Randolph played less than 24 minutes but did everything right in leading Real to an important win. He finished the game with 18 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting and 6-of-6 on free throws. Randolph added 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block and 5 fouls drawn for a PIR of 28 - a new season-best.
Valencia managed to get within 77-70 late in the third quarter, but Madrid found its regular go-to guy in Jaycee Carroll, who struck twice from downtown and added another basket in a 10-0 run that put Los Blancos way ahead for good, 87-70. His deep three-pointer ignited the crowd at the third-quarter buzzer.
Real downed 17 three-point shots in tying the second-best mark in club history on just 29 attempts (58.6%). It also dished 30 assists, a new EuroLeague season-best - ALBA Berlin and Anadolu Efes Istanbul had shared the best mark each with 28 assists. Real not only had 30 assists, but only 8 turnovers for a terrific assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.75.
Did you notice?
Campazzo dished 17 assists - a new Real club record. It tied the third-best mark in competition history; Marcus Williams dished 17 assists for Crvena Zvezda against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul on November 21, 2014. Stefan Jovic has the record with 19 assists for Zvezda against FC Bayern Munich on November 12, 2015. Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens had 18 against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica on April 4, 2019.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action next week. Real hosts Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday, December 12. It is a rematch of the 1995, 2012 and 2015 EuroLeague championship games. On Friday, Valencia visits Zalgiris Kaunas. Motum will play against his former team.
Thursday, December 5, 2019