ANDhe baskonia He took the first point of a tie that promised to be sensational and that, for now, is delivering. won in Valencia79-80 at La Fonteta and turns the home court factor around for the second game to be played in Vitoria. Baldwin IV, who had a hard time getting into the game, ended up taking over the match playing some excellent last minutes. With his 15 points, five of them in the last quarter in which his team scored only 13, they facilitated the victory of his team that until the final stretch had relied on Fontecchio (15) and Costello (fifteen).
Except for a brief stretch in the first quarter and the last minutes, the baskonia He sent the scoreboard and had up to 10 points ahead. With some control of the match, the Vitorians faced the last quarter when the storm broke out in the fontette. Valencia managed to overcome Baskonia thanks to a formidable mike tobey, 10 of his 15 points in this period. The taronja, spurred on by a hellish atmosphere, took the lead, 79-75 with two and a half minutes to go with a stratospheric mate from Pradilla and touched victory with his hands.
From there to the end, a 0-5 for Baskonia with a great three-pointer from Baldwin and a mate from Costello. In the final possession, Valencia’s best player throughout the match, Dimitrijevicmissed a seemingly easy basket to seal the victory of a baskonia who knew how to survive in a field like La Fonteta to gain an advantage in the series.
79.- Valencia Basketball (21+14+27+17): Dimitrijevic (15), López-Arostegui (17), Claver (3), Pradilla (10), Dubljevic (7) -five starters- Puerto (-), Van Rossom (7), Tobey (12), Hanlan (2) , Hermannsson (-), Rivero (3) and Labeyrie (3).
80.- Bitci Baskonia (21+22+24+13): Baldwin IV (15), Fontecchio (15), Giedraitis (10), Peters (3), Enoch (10) -five starters- Sedekerskis (2), Marinkovic (2), Wetzwell (4), Granger (4), Costello (fifteen).