ANDhe UCAM Murcia, with a great defense and a decisive Nemanja Radovic in the final stretch of the clash, beat Baxi Manresa 71-67 this Sunday in a match that they almost always dominated.
With this result, it is provisionally placed in fourth position in the Endesa League with seven victories and four defeats, and is approaching the Copa del Rey.
Both teams arrived at this meeting with the same background after ten days and a fight was expected without quarter as it began.
They squeezed the most back and failed all their attacks during the first three minutes of a duel played with great intensity and little success in its initial phase. Not surprisingly, the first quarter ended with an improper result for professional basketball (14-8) and with UCAM CB reaching the first scheduled break with a 10-2 run in the last two minutes.
Those of Sito Alonso were more focused than those of Pedro Martínez and the university advantage continued to grow in the second period (28-16) after two very classy baskets by Isaiah Taylor and Jordan Davis.
The visiting coach stopped the game with a time-out but the defensive activity of the home team did not stop and that allowed them to double their opponent (32-16).
However, from then on a visitor reaction shortened the figures to reach the break with a 32-26 and an open partial in favor of Baxi 0-10 with Chima Moneke and Yankuba Sima coming to the rescue of the Catalans.
The local blackout lasted two more minutes and his rival continued to take advantage of that to get closer to 32-31 after a triple by Joe Thomasson and later to go ahead with 39-40 that came after a basket from Ismael Bako.
Bako himself, doing damage in the area, led Baxi in this phase of the match in which there were alternations on the scoreboard, but UCAM finished the fourth better coinciding with the awakening of Thad McFadden and Radovic (55-50).
In the final ten minutes, those of Sito Alonso remained firm and, despite the good individual actions of Moneke, they took the initiative to be close to sentencing with three minutes and 20 seconds left (66-57) and with Radovic seeing very great the ring.
Unlike what happened the previous Saturday in Andorra, UCAM, the league’s highest scoring team, showed serenity and that led to the victory, giving a defensive display in a not so prolific afternoon in points.
71 – UCAM Murcia Basketball Club (14 + 18 + 23 + 16): Taylor (8), Davis (7), Rojas (3), Webb (8) and Lima (6) -starting team-, Bellas (2), Malmanis (-), Radovic (17), McFadden (6) Cate ( 9) and Czerapowicz (5).
67- Baxi Manresa (8 + 18 + 24 + 17): Sylvain Francisco (-), Thomasson (14), Valtonen (3), Moneke (17) and Bako (18) and -starting team-, Jou (2), Dani García (4), Rafa Martínez (-), Maye ( -), Dani Pérez (3) and Sima (6).
Referees: Emilio Pérez Pizarro, Jordi Aliaga Solé and Rubén Sánchez Mohedas. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the eleventh day of the Endesa League played at the Palacio de los Deportes in Murcia before 4,899 spectators.