Bilbao Basket will remain in the Endesa League for another year. The victory against Joventut (94-73) keeps them in the category and descends to Estudiantes, who left their options of permanence in the defeat against Burgos. Mumbrú and his team relied on the triples to achieve the victory, with a spectacular third quarter that broke the duel in favor of the locals. Within the team’s great collective work, Jenkins (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Brown (11 points, 3 assists) stood out at the premises, while Brodziansky (24 points) was the best in Carles Durán’s team.
Bilbao started strong with three consecutive triples that established a difference of 9 points (9-0). Little by little, Joventut was coming back with free throws, looking for Jenkins (2 personals) to force fouls. Brodziansky (8 points) led the visitors with his success in the triples (2/3 in the quarter) so that they tied the contest (15-15). Bilbao Basket insisted on shooting three, but the lack of aim (3 of 12) led them to finish the fourth behind on the scoreboard (15-19).
In the second quarter, the men in black stepped forward. The superiority in the rebounds (13 to 5), with up to five in attack) and the improvement from the perimeter (6/10 triples) allowed them to take 11 points away in the electronic (41-30), the maximum of the entire First half. Athinaiou (2/2 in triples) was the most prominent in the offensive section with six points. La Penya, meanwhile, was unable to overcome the Bilbao defense, scoring only 11 points in the 10 minutes.
After the break came the turning point for Bilbao Basket. The team approached perfection in the third quarter, hitting all their free throws (5 of 5) and two shots (4 of 4). Even so, it was the triples that made the difference again (7 of 9). Only two failures over 10 minutes in which they increased their income to 31 points (75-41). Joventut could not stop a truly inspired Hakanson (7 points and 4 assists) who did not miss a single shot. The last quarter was a mere procedure in which Joventut managed to cut the gap, but this was too wide to overcome the crash.
94 – RETAbet Bilbao Basket (15 + 26 + 34 + 19): Hakanson (10), Jenkins (10), Serron (13), Kulboka (11) and Balvin (10) -starting five-; Athinaiou (11), Brown (11), Reyes (6), Miniotas (6), Toté (2), Kljajic (4) and Dos Anjos.
73 – Joventut Badalona (19 + 11 + 14 + 29): Bassas (11), Ribas (4), Parra (6), Morgan (5) and Brodziansky (24) -starting five-; Ventura (6), Dawson (2), López-Arostegui (2), Tomic (9), Parrado (2) and Busquets (2).
Partial: 15-19, 41-30 (rest); 75-44 and 94-73 (final).
Referees: Emilio Pérez, Vicente Bultó and Joaquín García. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of matchday 38 of the Endesa League played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla without an audience due to health restrictions due to the covid pandemic.
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