ANDl Bitci Baskonia from Neven Spahija added his first ACB League victory by winning 83-77 to a Morabanc Andorra who entered the last six minutes with a small advantage, but ended up giving in to an extraordinary success from the local base pair. Granger, with 25 points and 7 out of 10 in triples (32 PIR), and Baldwin IV, with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists (24 PIR), they became saviors of a Baskonia that took advantage of its superiority in the rebound and Andorran losses (18) to survive in its worst moments. Hannah, author of 14 points -9 in the last period-, but eliminated by fouls in the final stretch, was one of the highlights in the visiting team. Hanna was well accompanied by Paulí, with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, and Miller-McIntyre, which contributed 12 and 5.
Both groups were slow to warm up, catching on the unpleasant afternoon that, in the weather, reigned outside the Buesa. Giedraitis held the locals in the scoring in the opening bars, although a pair of triples, one from Hannah and the other from Jelinek, put the Andorrans ahead (9-10, min.6). Those of Spahija reacted in attack to sign a 9-1 partial that opened a small gap at the end of the first quarter (23-17).
A brief exchange of baskets at the beginning of the second gave way to a 0-11 for Ibón Navarro’s team, who regained control of the game thanks to the penetrations of the outside pair composed of Mekel and Miller McIntyre (27-32, min.15 ). The improvement experienced by the visitors in the protection of the rim hindered the attack of Baskonia and, although the care of the ball remained a pending issue, two baskets by Arteaga held the visitor’s advantage at halftime (34-36, min.20)
Two daggers in the form of a triple, one from Noua and the other from Jelinek, as soon as the match resumed, lit the first alarm lights in the Baskonia ranks (34-42, min.22). Spahija found an answer in his “little ones”, with Baldwin IV in charge of leading the local offensive. Six points from the North American revived the Baskonista attack, later adding Granger from the triple to completely turn the game around (57-53) at the end of the third set.
Hannah began the last episode with an offensive recital. The point guard nailed three triples, adding an assist for an alley-oop from Arteaga that returned the smile to Ibón Navarro’s men after a 4-13 run (61-66, min.34). A brief break from the North American was taken advantage of by the Baskonistas not to get off the hook, with Granger who took the reins in a triple festival.
Two from the Uruguayan and another from Baldwin allowed the Vitoria players to enter the final phase with an advantage and, above all, with the level of confidence they needed. Another missile from Fontecchio less than two minutes to go, a two plus one from Baldwn -which meant Hannah’s fifth- and the final free throws from Giedraitis ended up sentencing in the closing bars (83-79).
83 – Bitci Baskonia (23 + 11 + 23 + 26): Baldwin (20), Granger (24), Giedraitis (12), Sedekerskis (-) and Enoch (4) -starting five-, Lamar Peters (1), Fontecchio (9), Nnoko (8), Marinkovic (3) and Kurucs (-).
77 – Morabanc Andorra (17 + 19 + 17 + 24). Hannah (16), Miller-Mcintyre (10), Jelinek (8), Noua (6) and Olumuyiwa (2) -starting five-, Paulí (11), Nakic (-), Diagne (4), Llovet (2) , Morgan (5), Arteaga (8) and Mekel (5).