ANDl Bitici Baskonia resolved a tight match against Leche Río Breogán, which they defeated by 89-84 after overcoming a 13-point deficit at the beginning of the third quarter. The people from Lugo, who at least saved their basket average thanks to a basket over Mahalbasic’s buzzer, went from more to less after a great first half (32-42). The turnovers (18), less rebound control and the success of players like Giedraitis (10 points in the last period), Fontecchio, Costello and Granger allowed the locals to score 57 points in the second twenty minutes and break their streak of two consecutive defeats in the ACB League.

Baskonia came out blind from the triple, missing up to four in a row from as many players. Breogán, on the other hand, hit the first four they tried, giving them a 6-16 lead after just over 5 minutes of play. Spahija’s classic early timeout brought with it the first changes in the rotation but the Lugo players continued to find easy points from Musa and Mahalbasic, who were joined by a layup by Bell-Haynes to close the first period with a 14 -24 for the visiting team.

Mrsic’s men got stuck at the beginning of the second period, victims of turnovers; 4 in less than 3 minutes brought the Vitorians closer (18-24, min. 13) and forced the Croatian coach to stop the game. The return of Musa and Bell-Haynes did not immediately help the Galicians either, who saw how a triple by Granger tightened the light up to 23-24. Mrsic stopped the game again just 2 minutes after her previous timeout, this time with better results. Musa, Lukovic and Mahalbasic once again gave meaning and success to their team’s game, quickly recovering a double-digit lead at halftime (32-42).

A triple by Lukovic as soon as the game resumed put a +13 for Breogán, but Baskonia reacted immediately with a 10-0 run to set the crowd on fire. The appearance in the match of Fontecchio, Baldwin and Giedraitis gave wings to Spahija’s men, who left the duel again in a single possession (47-48, min.23). Musa’s third foul didn’t help the team from Lugo, who saw how the team from Vitoria managed to complete the comeback after a counterattack layup by Kurucs (51-49, min.25). Kalinoski took over in attack to offset Fontecchio’s success, scoring 8 key points for the Galicians to reach the last quarter ahead (59-63, min.30).

Giedraitis reactivated Baskonia’s attack with 7 almost consecutive points to tie the match once again (69-69, min.33). The Lugo players recovered Musa to play the key minutes of the match, although Fontecchio and Giedraitis nailed two long shots that regained the advantage for the locals with 5 minutes remaining (74-72). Mahalbasic restored balance to the scoreboard soon after, but for the last time. The final decision would come from the hand of Granger, who took command, scoring and assisting Costello to put his team up 5 points (85-80) with a minute to go. Bell-Haynes tried everything, but two offensive rebounds from Breogán allowed Peters to close out the game from the free throw line.

Data sheet:

89 – Bitci Baskonia (14+18+27+30): Baldwin (6), Fontecchio (15), Giedraitis (19), Peters (9) and Costello (14) -starting five-, Raieste (-), Granger (8), Marinkovic (3), Enoch (9), Kurucs (6) and Sedekerskis (-).

84 – Breogan River (24+18+21+21): Bell-Haynes (13), Sergi Quintela (11), Musa (15), Lukovic (10) and Mahalbasic (15), -starting five- Kalinoski (12), Shako (-), Erik Quintela (-), Jankovic ( 6), Erik Quintela (-), Iván Cruz (2) and Kacinas (-).

Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Vicente Bultó and Yasmina Alcaraz. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-fifth day played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, before 7,106 spectators. The entire box office went to the refugees from Ukraine in collaboration with the NGO “Save the Children”. A minute of silence was observed in memory of the first president of the ACB, Antonio Novoa, who died last Saturday.