ANDhe Baxi Manresa knew how to suffer in the last minute of the game to win the Catalan derby against Joventut de Badalona on Saturday (95-91). The people from Manresa did not lose control of the game at any time, but La Penya did not stop fighting until the end and came to just 2 points after losing by 18.
Brilliant start for Baxi Manresa, who started the match with a run of 11-0 and forced the visiting coach to stop the game quickly (11-0 min 4). Joventut improved, but the local team ruled the roost throughout the first period and left with a thirteen-point lead.
The Badalona team improved in the second quarter, especially in the points in the paint, but Baxi Manresa did not lose face in the game. Thanks to their mastery of rebounding and greater aggressiveness in the paint, Pedro Martínez’s men could keep the lead in their favor (35-20 min 16). In addition, the triple made a significant difference in the first half in favor of the locals (7/14 Manresa, 4/12 Joventut).
Joventut came out after the break with the slogan of charging the game in the paint, taking advantage of the centimeters of center Ante Tomic to draw fouls on the Manresan interiors. The formula worked out well for them to drop below ten points (53-45 min 25). Even so, the Manresans did not allow the Badalona team to advance much further and the differences remained around ten points.
In the last quarter, La Penya, led by point guard André Feliz (17 points in the quarter), threatened to come back. But the Nou Congost team was still very connected in attack (85-75 min 38). Even so, Los vernegros were placed within two points with a triple by Feliz with 23 seconds to go. Joventut tried with a quick free kick, but forward Thomasson did not spare from the free kick.
95.Baxi Manresa (23+26+21+24) Dani Pérez (9), Thomasson (25), Vaulet (9) Moneke (12), Bako (8)-starting five- Francisco (6), Rafa Martínez (-), Maye (12), Steinbergs (5), Valtonen (5) and Chasm (4).
91. Joventut Badalona (10+24+24+33) Vives (2), Pau Ribas (12), Parra (14) Willis (5), Birgander (6) -starting five- Feliz (28), Ventura (-), Brodziansky (4), Busquets (-) and Tomic ( twenty).
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Esperanza Mendoza and Javier Torres. without eliminated
Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 28 of the Endesa League played at the Nou Congost pavilion in front of 4,950 spectators.