ANDhe Bitci Baskonia underpinned its ‘playoff’ position in the table with a beating on Sunday of Surne Bilbao Basket in Miribilla, 62-90, which also stopped the local desire to get closer to those positions that give them a ticket to the playoffs for the title.

The clash barely lasted the first quarter because, after 19-20 in the first ten minutes, Baskonia put the direct in the second to leave things sentenced at halftime (30-51).

Neven Spahija’s men didn’t notice that this was their fourth game in a week or that they returned from Monaco just a few hours ago with the disappointment of a defeat that almost ended their Euroleague Playoff options.

They led the Vitorian corrective Jayson Granger (14 points, 3/4 T3, 6 assists and a PIR of 23), Simone Fontecchio (19, 4/5 T3 and 19), who launched the breakaway on the scoreboard in the second quarter, and Matt Costello (18, 12 rebounds and 32), this one after the break.

For Bilbao Basket only Andrew Goudelock (21, 4/6 T3 and 19) and the Dominican center Ángel Delgado (11, 9 rebounds and 19) were able to put up some resistance, both also the best of their team with the game alive in the first room.

Bilbao Basket got off to a better start, taking the lead 7-2 and 10-3 launched by Goudelock and Delgado, and withstood Baskonia’s first response, which, however, turned the score around (13-14) and finished ahead at the end of the first quarter (19-20).

They were even able to get ‘the men in black’ ahead again (21-20), but from then on Mumbrú’s men entered a tremendous sinkhole from which they could barely watch how the visitors sentenced the clash in a seen and not seen.

Specifically with a devastating 3-17 led by Granger and a Fontecchio who had his ups and downs with the local bench (24-37. And Spahija did not stop there, who continued to open a gap (28-45) until 30 -51 with which the break was reached.

The score of 11-31 in the second quarter reflected with crystal clarity what happened on the field, with a full team in both zones and others surpassed in all facets of the game.

A basket by Goudelock seemed to give some hope to Surne Bilbao (32-51), but things, far from improving for the locals, got worse with a Baskonia now with Costello unleashed.

The differences have already gone above 30 points, to a total of 33 (44-77) before a triple by Rousselle at the horn left a 47-77 almost impossible to overcome for the last quarter.

With everything decided, those in black were at least able to stop the bleeding in the last quarter, although they were also unable to make up for a final result that was very convincing (62-90).

Data sheet:

62 – Surne Bilbao Basket (19+11+17+15): Rafa Luz (2), Goudelock (21), David Walker (5), Masiulis (1) and Ángel Delgado (11) -five starters-; Rousselle (4), Hakanson (4), Álex Reyes (6), Inglis (2), Withey (6), Peno and Rigo.

90 – Bitci Baskonia (20+31+26+13): Baldwin (9), Giedraitis (9), Fontecchio (19), Peters (9) and Costello (18) -initial five-; Granger (14), Marinkovic (2), Enoch (10), Sedekerskis, Kurucs, Raieste and Barrera.

Referees: Emilio Pérez Pizarro, Luis Miguel Castillo and Roberto Lucasro. Fouled out, Enoch.

Incidents: Match of the 25th day of the Endesa League played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla before 8,487 spectators, according to official data.

Via Marca.com