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Real pulls a big victory on a thriller

17-12-2021
Real pulls a big victory on a thriller
While Real was better at the start of the game, Milan was able to build a minimum lead at the end of the first quarter (19-18) thanks mostly to Real's turnovers and given fouls.

But the Whites second quarter defense was outstanding and lifted by Yabusele (11 consecutive points) and Tavares' intimidation the visitors scored an 8-17 run in the period for an 8 point lead by halftime, 27-35.

Shields opened the third quarter with a three followed by a steal and a fast break dunk making clear the locals' intentions, but Real's answer was immediate with quick baskets (2 fast breaks). AX Armani made a new effort but Real's threes stopped the local's rise getting the scoreboard to 48-55 after 30 minutes.

Real's patience and consistency had its reward and by mid last quarter de Whites dominated by 10 points (57-67), but Milán was about to make a final push, and during the last 2 minutes Datome and Shields scored cutting Real's margin to 72-74.

With 72-75 AX Armani had 2 free throws, scoring the first one, missing the second and grabbing the offensive rebound but a desperate three from Delaney didn't go in and Real pulled a tough one in Italy.