ANDhe Surne Bilbao Basket gained peace of mind for the remainder of the league championship by stopping Valencia Basket in Miribilla this Saturday with an 84-78 victory that greatly facilitates a permanence that leaves the Basque team well ahead after this victory.

It was a clash that at times was reminiscent of the first round at La Fonteta, with an exquisite first half by ‘the men in black’ (46-31) and a Valencian comeback in the second (55-55 m.27) that he did not complete the visiting team in a last quarter in which Alex Mumbrú’s team ruled over Joan Peñarroya’s team.

Although the work was fundamentally collective, the Bilbao victory was led by the Dominican Ángel Delgado (13 points, 11 rebounds and a PIR of 20) and the Frenchman Damien Inglis (19, 5 and 19). The local interiors (Withey, 2 blocks) responded to their coach’s demand to catch up with their rivals.

Even with a good game from Bojan Dubljevic (16, 4 and 20), the best along with Josep Puerto (11, 6 and 16), from a Valencia that had to postpone its assault on second position in the table.

Bilbao Basket, with 12 wins and four over a relegation that also has six places in the table, is almost saved with tonight’s victory under the ‘Miribilla effect’.

Although it was Pradilla who scored the first basket, Surne Bilbao started better, dominating the early stages and taking advantage of seven minutes without scoring for Valencia (the game was four minutes 9-7) for a first break on the scoreboard (17-7 ) with a run of 8-0 with 6 points from Inglis,

The first quarter ended 19-13 and in the second the escape of those in black was even greater with a 14-0 driven by Walker and Hakanson in the middle of another taronja blackout, this time lasting four and a half minutes (40-21, a 1.50 of the break).

Valencia responded by shortening the deficit somewhat in the second half thanks to the wrists of Xabi López-Arostegui and Dubljevic (46-31).

All that good local work of the first two quarters of those in black was diluted like sugar at the start of the third, the first three minutes after returning from the locker room in which López-Arostegui and Hermannsson led to a 0-14 that balanced the clash ( 46-45).

But the comeback was not completed by Valencia, which tied at 2.47 and was able to take the lead with two free throws that Tobey missed at 55-55 in the electronics.

The visiting team did not take advantage of their chance (13-27 in the third quarter) and, as favored by the fact that they did not get to see below the scoreboard with the orange comeback, Bilbao Basket maintained its integrity in the last quarter with Three points in a row from Delgado that made it 82-76 in the last minute, which preceded the final 84-78.

A 7-0 at the start of that last quarter, from 62-61 to 69-61 and important baskets by Rousselle, Goudeklock and Inglis were also key in the local victory.

Discreet debut for Olivier Hanlan (6 points and 2 assists in 16 minutes).

Data sheet:

84 – Surne Bilbao Basket (19+27+13+25): Rafa Luz (2), Goudelock (13), Walker (10), Masiulis (6) and Delgado (13) -initial five-; Rousselle (11), Hakanson (8), Reyes, Inglis (19), Withey (2), Peno and Rigo.

78 – Valencia Basketball (13+18+27+20): Hermannsson (11), Claver (8), López-Arostegui (11), Pradilla (6) and Dubljevic (16) -five starters-; Ferrando (4), Hanlan (6), Puerto (11), Rivero (5) and Tobey.

Referees: Óscar Perea, Raúl Zamorano and Fabio Fernández. Eliminated for Hermannsson fouls.

Incidents: Match of the 28th day of the Endesa League, played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribia before 6,971 spectators, according to official data.