We’re only three rounds into Spanish Liga Endesa regular season and there will definitely be more changes in the standings, but for now only four teams can lay claim to holding undefeated records in the league. FC Barcelona, Gran Canaria 2014, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria, and Valencia Basket all share perfect 3-0 slates.
Barca easily handled the winless UCAM Murcia on the road, 74-82. FC Barcelona is looking good so far to start the season and they will surely be in the mix come playoff discussions.
One of the more critical games of the round was between Laboral Kutxa Vitoria and Unicaja Malaga. Both teams came into the game undefeated, and only one of them would leave the arena unscathed. Jaka Blazic led Baskonia with 15 points en route to their 66-74 victory over fellow league heavyweight in Unicaja Malaga. This rare stumble for Malaga will push them and expect the green shirts to recover strong in their next encounters.
Gran Canaria 2014 protected their homecourt well against the visiting Sevilla basket club. They led off from the onset and did not look back on their way to their 76-67 victory. Sevilla made a strong push in the third frame, but the rally was handled in stride by their hosts and they could not find enough momentum to capture the lead themselves.
Rafael Martinez exploded for 21 points to lead Valencia basket to their 73-81 win over Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid. He knocked down 5-of-8 shots from downtown and was a headache for Etudiantes to deal with on defense. Valencia had control of this game from start to finish, thanks to their impressive shooting from the perimeter.
Real Madrid got back to its winning ways after its opening round loss to Valencia. They came up with a convincing 112-89 win over Iberostar Tenerife. Felipe Reyes and Trey Thompkins led Real Madrid to this easy win at home. Reyes came out with an efficient 21 points, while Thompkins added 15 points of his own.
Again, the 2015-16 Spanish Liga Endesa season is still young. Favorites will get upset and winning streaks will be made and lost. Either way, fans of Spanish hoops are in for an exciting 2015-16 season.