ANDhe Coosur Betis has chained two wins in a row for the first time this season and has provisionally abandoned last place in the Endesa League by beating a very erratic Valencia Basket in attack in a match in which the forward shone with his own light Latvian Dairis Bertans.
Two steals by BJ Johnson, who was in the starting lineup in his second game, and two three-pointers by Bertans gave Coosur a 13-2 run at the start (min. 4) that the Valencians were wiping out during the first period thanks to the intensity in defense that his first rotations contributed (17-16).
Valencia’s poor shooting from the perimeter (3 of 14 triples at the break) allowed the Betis to take off in the second period, since the good work of all its components ensured the defensive rebound and Bertans was uncovered in attack with 15 points and an immaculate shooting card (36-29, min. 20).
Four points in half a minute upon returning from the locker room widened the Betis lead to more than ten points (40-29, min. 21) but the visitors woke up at that moment and achieved a 0-12 run that put them ahead by first time after Puerto scored a triple on counterattack (40-41, min. 26).
The Valencians’ income rose to seven thanks to two consecutive dunks by Rivero, who took advantage of Dubljevic’s work, but the Betis clung to Bertans’ shots to maintain contact and get back ahead with a triple by Cvetkovic (53-52) in the first attack of the last quarter.
Those last ten minutes were a walk for the locals, who were reunited with their star, Shannon Evans, who had not scored until then, to add the second consecutive victory and pay their hopes of permanence at the expense of a Valencia that loses camber in the fight for second place.
75 – Coosur Real Betis (17+19+14+25): Evans (9), Bertans (21), BJ Johnson (8), Brown (4), Pasecniks (8) -five starters-, Almazán (6), Wiley (8), Báez (8) and Cvetkovic (3).
68 – Valencia BC (16+13+23+16): Hermannsson (2), Hanlan (6), Claver (5), Dubljevic (7), Rivero (21) -starting five-, Tobey (12), Ferrando (3), López-Aróstegui (7), Pradilla (2) , Port (3) and Labeyrie (-).
Referees: Carlos Cortés, Arnau Padrós and Iyán González. They eliminated the local Cvetkovic by five personnel (min. 36).
Incidents: Match of the nineteenth day of the Endesa League, postponed in its entirety to mid-January due to the outbreak of the omicron variant of Covid-19, played at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo before around 3,500 spectators.