l Baskonia closed its preseason with a resounding victory by 55 points of difference against BC CSU Sibiu at the Troefo Álava, the last preseason commitment of the Vitorians and that counted, again and after 555 days of absence, with an audience in the stands of the Buesa Arena. The Romanians were no match for the locals, who despite suffering again from long distance (9/34 from triple), crushed their rival both in attack and defense (140 to 31 in valuation). Wade Baldwin IV, with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 19 minutes was the most valued of the game.
It was difficult for Baskonia to start against the alternative defenses of Sibiu, receiving two early triples from Tamulis that led to a first visitor advantage (4-8, min.3). The reaction came from the hand of Nnoko, author of 7 almost consecutive points that were the prologue of a 12-0 run to put the locals ahead. The Romanians held the pull thanks to the 6.75 line (16-14, min.8), with Baldwin IV and Enoch in charge of closing the first period with a 22-18 for the Vitoria.
A triple from Fontecchio and a 2 + 1 from Marinkovic built the first double-digit advantage for Baskonia as soon as the second quarter started, and that Enoch would be in charge of consolidating later from within the zone (37-20, min.15) . The defensive pressure of Ivanovic’s men increased in intensity, which together with Fontecchio’s breakthrough in attack extended the distance to a resounding 53-30 at halftime.
Baskonia allowed only 5 points from their rival in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter, while in attack they found a good scoring rhythm with the outside line formed by Baldwin IV, Marinkovic and Giedratis. Thus, the difference became even wider, with the Vitorians doubling the Romanians in the spotlight (71-35, min. 25). With no other resources than a sporadic triple, Sibiu continued to drown before the defense of Baskonia, which started the last quarter with a 40-point advantage (82-42).
Three more minutes without scoring for Sibiu intensified the punishment (93-42, min.33), while Ivanovic tested quintets and gave minutes to players like Kurucs or Cissoko. Although the scoring rhythm decreased a bit from that moment on, Baskonia managed to give a hundred points to the public who gathered in the pavilion with a mate from Tadas Sedekerskis at the last minute.
101 Baskonia (22 + 31 + 29 + 12): Sedekerskis (7), Granger (8), Giedraitis (15), Nnoko (13), Kurucs (3); Hanzlik (-), Baldwin IV (12), Marinkovic (14), Cissoko (-), Fontecchio (13) and Enoch (16).
56 BC CSU Sibiu (18 + 12 + 12 + 14): Tohatan (12), Tamulis (8), Pratt (-), McGrew (15), Ardelean (4); Nastrut (-), Fitzner (12) and Dragoste (3).