ANDhe Brazilian point guard Rafa Luz held on this Saturday in Miribilla for a vital victory for Surne Bilbao Basket against MoraBanc Andorra, by 74-71, which was about to squander the Basque team after winning by 15 points on several occasions and by 8 with three and a half minutes to go.

The player from São Paulo made two free throws with 10 seconds left that put the final score before Codi Miller-McIntyre missed the three-pointer at the buzzer that could have sent the game to extra time.

With this victory, Alex Mumbrú’s men surpass Ibon Navarro’s in the table by one victory and already have a two-point advantage over relegation.

It was a meeting typical of these times that marks the covid in which the two teams noted the inactivity and the problems caused by the virus with numerous turnovers (19 each) and an unusual number of shots that did not touch the hoop.

Among all that mess, Andrew Goudelock (14 points) shone for the locals, with several key baskets and 5 decisive points in a couple of seconds in the last quarter, and the Dominican Ángel Delgado (6, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 18 of assessment).

Opposite, great second part of Clevin Hannah (22, 5/12 T3) and Víctor Arteaga (14, 9 rebounds and 18). Had they had more help, Andorra would probably have gone home with a win.

The 5-0 with which Delgado and Masiulis opened the match for Surne Bilbao advanced what would come next, despite the fact that Andorra equalized at 6 with a good start from Nakic

But ‘the men in black’, with the loss of Alex Reyes but finally with Alex Mumbrú directing on the bench after overcoming covid, put the directMa dominating the zones and launching counterattacks until leading 14-6 and 20-11. Five points in a row from Colom stopped shortening distances, but the locals finished 7 up in the first quarter (23-16).

Another five points in a row from a player, Miller-McIntyre, rescued the Pyrenean team from yet another moment (28-23).

But Rafa Luz had taken control of the clash and his team was up 11 launched by the intense and creative Brazilian base (38-23) thanks to a 10-0 to which only Arteaga responded, with three baskets in a row to give life his team ahead of the second half (40-29)

A triple by Mustache put Bilbao Basket ahead by 15 points again (47-32), but Hannah took responsibility and revived her teams with 17 points, 12 in four triples, to enter the last quarter only 10 points down (59-32). 49).

Mustache in front, with three triples, tried to counteract the former American base of the local team.

MoraBanc continued to chip away at the decisive stretch and Surne Bilbao collapsed, which did nothing more than give opportunities to an opponent who seemed to have been defeated and who was reborn at every difficult moment he had.

Thus, despite their numerous mistakes, which they made many, Andorra stayed alive until the final honk. But Rafa Luz, the best of his team statistics aside, showed his strength in two decisive free throws and Miller-McIntyre did not enter his last desperate triple.

Data sheet:

74 – Surne Bilbao Basket (23+17+19+15): Rafa Luz (6), Goudelock (14), Mustache (14), Masiulis (12) and Delgado (6) -first five-; Peno (4), Hakanson (6), Inglis (10), Withey (2) and Galán.

71 – MoraBanc Andorra (16+13+20+22): Miller-McIntyre (14), Paulí, Nakic (7), Llovet and Arteaga (14) -initial five-; Hannah (22), Guillem Colom (5), Crawford (5), ‘Tunde’ Olumuyiwa (2) and Diagne (2).

Partials: 23-16, 40-29 (rest); 59-49 and 74-71 (final).

Referees: Emilio Pérez Pizarro, Sergio Manuel and Roberto Lucas. Eliminated due to fouls Llovet (m.40).

Incidents: Postponed match of matchday 15 of the Endesa League played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla before 4,310 spectators, somewhat less than the 5,000 allowed (50 percent) by health restrictions.