ANDhe Serbian center Dusan Ristic, with a splendid individual performance that included 27 points and 10 rebounds, gave Urbas Fuenlabrada the victory (84-70) and prolonged the depression of Bitci Baskonia, which has suffered four consecutive defeats between the Endesa League and the Euroleague .

A spectacular third quarter for Fuenlabrada, but also a dire one for the team from Vitoria, with a partial 28-8, was the key to a game that meant Fuenlabrada’s seventh victory of the season, the second in a row after Sunday’s against Casademont Zaragoza, also in the Ferdinand Martin.

Ristic, in his best game in Spain that ended with a PIR of 29 points, but also a spectacular game by Brazilian Leo Meindl (14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists) and Slovenian point guard Ziga Samar, who doesn’t look like he’s 21 ( 12 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds), forged a victory to which the new signing from Fuenlabrada, the American Ray McCallum, contributed with 7 points and 4 assists.

With those wickers, and without Canadian midfielder Kyle Alexander, who left at the last minute due to a bruise on his right elbow, Josep María Raventós’ team beat a Baskonia team that still hasn’t recovered good feelings, despite 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from the American Alec Peters and the 14 points and 9 rebounds from the Armenian center Steven Enoch, decisive when he was on the floor, although not enough to tip the balance towards the Croatian Neven Spahija’s pupils.

And that Fuenlabrada began suffering against Enoch, who beat the local ‘5’ Chema González at the start. The need for help to assist the pivot hand gave Baskonia space, and the Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis did not forgive with two consecutive triples for a 2-8 start.

Multiplying the aid, and forcing errors from Spahija’s men, Urbas ended up turning the score around (15-14, min. 7), although a last Baskonia reaction left the Vitorians ahead at the end of the first period (17-19).

Baskonia was ahead, but the local defense was something else, and in the rival hoop they had an inspired Ristic, who scored 11 points in 4 minutes, with two baskets and two triples without fail (30-25, min. 14 ). Jayson Granger and Enoch ensured that the Alava team did not lose control, so much so that they went into the break ahead, thanks to a triple by Peters (38-41).

After the break, no one seemed to take control of the match: as soon as Enoch hung from the hoop with one hand to put Baskonia up six, Dragan Milosavljevic culminated a comeback to level the score (48-48, min. 24). The partial continued despite Spahija’s timeout, and without Enoch on the floor, Baskonia’s lights went out, so the Croatian stopped it again with 54-48.

The local defensive aggressiveness (15-4 in rebounds in the third quarter) together with the speed to run the transitions increased the partial to 16-0 when Matt Costello scored his second free throw (58-49, min. 27), but it is that the Urbas did not stop and the Baskonia did not find a way to stop it. Another run of eight consecutive points left Madrid with an advantage of 17 (66-49) with the last period remaining.

Enoch returned to the floor and Baskonia began to score, finding free shots for Peters and Giedraitis thanks to his presence (75-62, min. 33). He was stopped twice by Raventós because of the danger that the advantage would be undone, but after his second timeout, Ristic reappeared to keep the seventh local victory in the drawer (84-70). A victory that leaves Baskonia sore, with four days to reflect on returning to the game in Milan against Olimpia.

Data sheet:

84 – Urbas Fuenlabrada (17+21+28+21): Samar (12), Milosavljevic (13), Meindl (14), Cheatham (4), González (2) -initial quintet-, Novak (4), Ristic (27), McCallum (7) and Eyenga (1).

70 – Bitci Baskonia (19+22+8+18): Granger (11), Baldwin (11), Giedraitis (13), Peters (16), Enoch (14) -initial quintet-, Costello (1), Fontecchio (2), Kurucs, Sedekerskis (2) and Marinkovic.

Referees: Carlos Cortés, Juan de Dios Oyón and Alberto Baena. Without eliminated.

Incidents: match of the twenty-first day of the Endesa League, played at the Fernando Martín Pavilion in Fuenlabrada (Madrid) before 2,482 spectators.

Via Marca.com