Real Madrid wins, Laboral Kutxa falls on Euroamerican Cup final day

Sep 21, 2014 by Print
Real Madrid wins, Laboral Kutxa falls on Euroamerican Cup final day
Jaycee Carroll - Real Madrid - EB13

Real Madrid had another dominant display, and fellow Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Vitoria lost in a dramatic fashion to conclude the Euroamerican Cup, organized by Direct TV on Sunday. Real Madrid downed Guerreros 67-79 in Bogota, Columbia as Jaycee Carroll netted 13 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Los Blancos to a big 23-point halftime margin, paving the way to victory. Madrid returns home from the tour of the Americas with a pair of victories, while Laboral Kutxa split its games in South America after a dramatic 79-78 loss against Penarol in Mar de Plata, Argentina, meaning the Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams finished the Euroamerican Cup with a combined 3-1 record.

Madrid stormed out of the gate in Bogota, building 8-18 lead after the first quarter. With Carroll leading the way, margin kept getting larger in the second quarter, and with Madrid’s defense holding the hosts to only 18 points before the break, Spanish side held 18-41 halftime advantage. After the break, the squad of the head coach Pablo Laso cruised to victory, with Sergio Llull and Andres Nocioni finishing the game with 11 points apiece, while Rudy Fernandez and Salah Mejri each contributed 9 points in victory. Jezreel de Jesús Carmona of Guerreros was game’s top scorer with 28 points.

Clash of Laboral Kutxa and Penarol featured several runs on both sides. Fernando San Emeterio and Davis Bertans hit triples in a 4-13 spurt that had Laboral go up 28-32 in the second quarter, however the host team went on to hold 42-37 halftime lead. Margin grew to 49-40 before Laboral tied the game with 9 consecutive points, followed by a 2-8 run fueled by Orlando Johnson and Ryan Gomes. Laboral held 56-57 at the end of the third quarter, and teams changed leads as the game went to the wire. In the final minute, Johnson drove for a layup-plus-free throw, and also split foul shots with 12 seconds left on the clock for 76-78. However, with 4.5 seconds remaining Fabian Shadi nailed a corner triple, his fourth of the night, to win the game for Penarol. Johnson led Laboral with 20 points, Gomes scored 17 with 8 rebounds, while San Emeterio netted 12 and Thomas Heurtel 10. Leo Gutierrez had 19, and Adrian Boccia 18 points in Penarol’s winning effort.