Luka Doncic, Real Madrid dominate Spain U18 Championships

Doncic named MVP after posting a triple-double in the championship game

Luka Doncic is putting in work with a renowned shooting coach | Photo courtesy of Gigantes.com

Luka Doncic and Real Madrid finished their rampage through the Spain U18 Championships with a 97-57 victory over FIATC Joventut on Saturday.

Doncic (’99) was the catalyst of Real’s offense. He often snatched defensive rebounds and pushed the ball up the floor before whipping it to an open teammate.

The Slovenian 2-guard showed his vision and creativity throughout the game, finishing with 15 assists. He also added 15 points and 12 rebounds to complete the triple-double.

He committed just one turnover and threw crazy passes like this all game.

Joventut played well in the first few minutes and led 10-8 midway through the first quarter. But Real scored the next 10 points and never looked back.

At halftime, Real was up 51-33. Four minutes into the third quarter, Doncic had his triple-double. And by the last few possessions, Joventut was just trying to keep Real from reaching 100.

It was an impressive showing from Real as they prepare for the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Madrid. They kick off the ANGT action on Thursday against Stell Azzurra Roma.

Schedule courtesy of AdidasNGT.com

Schedule courtesy of AdidasNGT.com

Top Players

Luka Doncic (’99) – Real Madrid

Doncic was obviously the main attraction coming in.

The Slovenian phenom has been dominating the European youth circuit all year, mostly against older competition. He just turned 16 in February and made his ACB debut with Real’s senior team on April 30.

On Saturday, he didn’t disappoint.

In the first few minutes, Doncic (6’6″) flashed his hangtime and ability to adjust in the air. He scored on a layup seconds after the opening tip, and a few minutes later he finished at the rim after a nice backdoor cut.

But today was all about Doncic as a distributor. His court vision and passing ability would be impressive if he was 26, let alone 16. From behind-the-back passes on the fast-break to corner-seeking bullets off pick-and-rolls in the half-court set, Doncic showed it all on Saturday.

Santi Yusta (’97) – Real Madrid

The 6’5″ Spaniard showed his full offensive arsenal. He splashed several three-pointers and constantly leaked out for fast-break points, like this jam in the second half.

Yusta was the beneficiary of many Doncic assists, but regardless of who’s dishing you the ball, 25 points in 26 minutes is damn impressive.

Emanuel Cate (’97) – Real Madrid

Cate set the turn early for Real. He scored six quick points in the opening period, including an offensive rebound putback and a two-hand dunk after diving to the rim.

The Romanian power forward (6’8″) finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds (4 offensive) and two blocks. He also had three assists.

Andres Rico (’97) – Real Madrid

Real’s backup point guard has an undeniable flair to his game, a la Sergio Rodriguez. He occasionally opted for the flashy play when the simple one would have worked just as well, but he was fun to watch.

When the game was still close, he gave Real a boost with this putback buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

Rico finished with 7 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in just under 18 minutes.

Nenad Dimitrijevic (’98) – FIATC Joventut 

My favorite player for Badalona was Macedonian point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic.

He’s a high-IQ point guard with long arms and good passing ability. He has a nice shooting stroke, he was aggressive in attacking off the dribble and he even defended the much bigger Doncic at times.

Dimitrijevic finished with 12 points to lead Joventut.

You can watch the entire championship game below.

Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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