ANDhe Joventut de Badalona took a big step forward this Saturday to be in the Endesa League playoffs by defeating Lenovo Tenerife (90-85) in a great basketball game decided by Albert Ventura with a triple from Ante Tomic.
The many times claimed green-black defense appeared for 40 minutes to knock down the third-placed team, who entered the game late and found a grown rival who had Nenad Dimitrijevic (23 points) and Ferran Bassas (16 points) at their best. players in attack.
La Penya played with more intensity from the opening jump and came to have a five-point lead in the first quarter (16-11, min. 8). The eleven lost balls for Txus Vidorreta in the first half weighed too much on his game.
Two triples by Bruno Fitipaldo at the end of the first period woke Lenovo Tenerife, which in the second quarter improved in attack with Shermadini dominating the rival ring and Doornekamp and Salin scoring from three to get three points up (24-27, min. 14 ).
La Penya did not falter when he was seen from behind and maintained his defensive level to play against and give a serious warning to his rival with a partial of 20-8 that put him at his maximum advantage (44-35, min. 20) .
The Catalans widened the difference to twelve points (50-38, min. 22) and Dimitrijevic’s points stifled the visiting reaction led by Shermadini to keep up twelve minutes (59-47, min. 25).
Tenerife, at the third time, got fully into the game with Huertas connecting with Shermadini and Yusta being relentless with five consecutive points that tightened the macador (66-64, min. 30).
A triple by Dimitrijevic gave air with a triple to the locals (70-64, min. 32) who did not notice the absence of their coach, Carles Duran, sent off shortly after starting the fourth period for angrily lending to the referees after a possible lack of Tenerife.
La Penya was mentally strong when Doornekamp’s triples put Tenerife ahead a minute and a half from the end (81-82). Tomic took the gallons in the paint with four points and assisted Ventura to make the triple that resolved the crash.
90. Joventut Badalona (16 + 28 + 23 + 23): Bassas (16), Ribas (4), Parra (4), Morgan (6), Tomic (15) -starting team-, Ventura (9), Birgander (4), Dimitrijevic (23), Brodziansky (4), Dawson (5) and Parrado (-)
85. Lenovo Tenerife (17 + 19 + 28 + 21): Huertas (14), Fitipaldo (8), Cavanaugh (2), Doornekamp (15), Guerra (9) -starting team-, Salin (10), Rodríguez (-), Shermadini (17), Sulejmanovic (-), Jenkins (-) and Yusta (10).
Referees: Conde, Zamorano and Fernández. They expelled the Joventut coach, Carles Duran (min. 32) by two techniques. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 33 of the Endesa League played without an audience at the Palau Olímpic de Badalona.