ANDhe Baskonia closed its participation in the VIII City of Getafe Tournament with a clear and comfortable victory 88-72 over Urbas Fuenlabrada. The Vitorians, who in addition to the absences of Baldwin IV, Costello and Raieste, suffered the loss at the last minute of Alec Peters -kneel-, took command of the match midway through the first quarter and steadily increased their advantage until reaching a maximum of 17 points in the third quarter. Far ahead in physical capacity and defensive intensity, Dusko’s men canceled Sean Armand (5 points) and took advantage of his rebounding superiority to dominate the rhythm and the score from start to finish. Steven Enoch and Landry Nnoko signed 39 points and 8 rebounds between them, dominating the area. Meindl, with 16 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes, was Fuenlabrada’s best.
The good work of Ristic in the paint gave Fuenlabrada a first advantage at the start of the crash (4-10, min.4), but when the Vitorians adjusted their defense, the blackout of Raventós was immediate. Thus, and taking advantage of the rest of the Serbian pivot and the rest of the rotations, Ivanovic’s men came back based on rebounding, transitions and triples from Giedraitis and Sedekerskis (24-17, min.10). Enoch took center stage at the start of the second period, although Fuenlabrada’s first three-pointers kept Madrid in the game (28-23, min. 12). A 6-0 run for the Basques forced Raventós to stop the game with a disadvantage of 11 (34-23, min.15), as his players still could not find the keys with which to open the rival defense. The break barely changed the scenario, so Baskonia managed to maintain, without too many difficulties, a comfortable advantage (44-31) at halftime.
A 0-5 run just after the game resumed revitalized Fuenlabrada, which improved its defensive level to get closer and continue to breathe thanks to several attacks resolved with 3-point plays (52-45, min.25). With the return of Granger to the track, Baskonia again found their rhythm on both sides of the track, scoring in transition and hitting from the triple to recover a comfortable income in just three minutes (62-45, min.28). Meindl, one of the few good news from Fuenlabrada in the game, helped his team not to say goodbye early (67-54. Min.30). The attacks bogged down early in the last quarter, although Granger and Nnoko were enough to keep a Fuenlabrada off again (73-59, min. 35) at a distance. The exchange of baskets was the predominant trend in the following minutes, allowing to see some spectacular plays that animated the outcome of a game that already had the sentence signed well before the final whistle (83-68, min. 38).
88 Baskonia (24 + 20 + 23 + 21): Sedekerskis (12), Marinkovic (7), Granger (8), Giedraitis (13), Nnoko (16) -the starting five-, Fontecchio (7), Enoch (23), Kurucs (2).
72 Urbas Fuenlabrada (17 + 14 + 23 + 18): Armand (5), Meindl (16), Ristic (12), Novak (0), Cheatham (14) -initial quintet-, Emegano (7), Alexander (0), Fernández (0), López (2), González (2), Eyenga (14), Bagayoko (0).