LThe best version of Simone Fontecchio lit up Bitci Baskonia this Sunday, which comfortably beat Coosur Betis 93-72, in a match that broke at the stroke of half-time in favor of the locals, who showed glimpses of hope in the twenty-second day of the Endesa League.
The Italian forward completed his best game of the season with 39 PIR credits and led the way for the azulgranas who, with 12 three-pointers, were more successful than the Andalusian team, author of only two outside shots.
The pair formed by Jacob Wiley and Anzejs Pasecniks was not enough to overcome Baskonia, who chained several positive actions before the break and put the victory on track.
The Betis reacted but the Basques added more players to their actions and prevented their rival from being morale charged.
The duel included an exchange of baskets from the beginning in which the two teams tried to take advantage of their physical advantages with their peers. However, Baskonia had a hard time standing up defensively and couldn’t get much out of the outside success commanded by the Italian Simone Fontecchio.
In spite of everything, the Basques managed to recover to the rhythm that Shannon Evans tried to impose and went ahead, 22-17, after the first ten minutes.
The entrance of Jacob Wiley put the defense of the azulgranas in trouble, who were unable to take advantage of the movement of the quintets to open a gap on the scoreboard.
Neven Spahija’s men once again had difficulties in the two-on-two game that sought time and time again to block and continue to attack the Baskonia rim.
Jacob Wiley hooked the Betis in the game. He was unrivaled in painting a Baskonia that drew inspiration from Simone Fontecchio.
Matt Costello joined the Italian in the final stretch of the first half and the Basques managed to open the first important gap with a 14-0 run that allowed them to face the second half with less pressure, 46-32.
Anzejs Pasecniks took over from Jacob Wiley and destroyed Baskonia’s inside game with 12 points in four minutes that were key to closing the gap in a very short time to 52-50 (min. 25).
The Baskonia short circuit was solved between Matt Costello and Simone Fontecchio, the most connected of the locals, and Neven Spahija’s team opened a gap again.
Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis also found his moment and Baskonia went ahead after concluding a dangerous third round, 66-56.
The duel was left in the hands of Baskonia in the last quarter that served to endorse the gaps seen in the team from Vitoria that won 93-72.
93 – Bitci Baskonia (22+24+20+27): Baldwin (5), Marinkovic (-), Giedraitis (18), Fontecchio (27) and Costello (20), -starting five-, Raieste (-), Sedekerskis (2), Granger (8), Enoch (7) and Kurucs (6).
72 – Real Betis Coosur (17+15+24+16): Evans (11), Leslie (3), Bertans (-), Brown (5) and Pasecniks (24), -starting five-, Cvetkovic (5), Torres (-), Almazán (-), Wiley (24), Burjanadze (-) and Baez (-).
Referees: Óscar Perea, Martín Caballero and Alfonso Olivares. They eliminated the local Baldwin for personal fouls (min. 38). A technical foul was pointed out to visiting coach Luis Casimiro (min.15).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-second day of the Endesa League held at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria before 5,107 spectators.