ANDhe Bitci Baskonia has reinforced its position in the positions that give the right to play the Copa del Rey this Sunday with a hard-fought victory (83-87) on the Coosur Real Betis court, which remains at bottom and already has three wins from the posts of salvation.

The people from Vitoria began the match by bombarding the Betic ring from behind the goal, since in the first period they scored five triples by five different players and only two shots of two, although points from Brown (8) and Cvetkovic (7) allowed the locals pull the score (21-19, min. 10).

The Italian forward Simone Fontecchio opened the second period with two more triples and despite the fact that Coosur Betis reacted in principle with a couple of baskets, Bitci Baskonia then endorsed the first hard set of the night (0-11), which forced Luis Casimiro to request a time-out (26-36, min. 16).

The instructions of the La Mancha coach did not take effect, as his team signed a catastrophic second quarter in attack (only ten points scored: 4 of 11 in shots in play plus two missed free throws) and softened the defense until conceding a 10-27 that compromised very seriously his chances of winning at halftime.

Hand in hand with their last signing, the point guard Aleksandr Cvetkovic, the Betis reacted at the end of the third period, as an assist from the Serbian for Brown’s mate on counterattack and a basket from him from mid-distance made the disadvantage drop below ten points for the first time in many minutes (51-60, min. 29).

Two consecutive basket actions plus an additional free kick by Matt Costello triggered the Basque income again at the beginning of the final period (55-73, min. 33) that the Verdiblanco team wiped out with a 20-2 run.

The last minute was reached with a rental point for Bitci Baskonia, who added a basket through Baldwin, conceded another by Evans, exchanged free shots without error Montecchio and Báez to re-tighten the score (82-83) and resolved two shots from the Giedraitis staff with two seconds to go.

Data sheet

83 – Coosur Real Betis (21 + 10 + 22 + 30): Cvetkovic (12), Evans (13), Bleijenbergh (2), Brown (14), Pasecniks (18), -starting five-, Pozas (3), Almazán (2), Bertans (9), Agbelese (2), Burjanadze (3) and Báez (5).

87 – Bitci Baskonia (19 + 27 + 17 + 24): Baldwin (16), Granger (8), Giedraitis (8), Sedekerskis (8), Enoch (13), -initial five-, Peters (3), Fontecchio (16), Costello (6), Marinkovic (5) and Kurucs (4).

Referees: Antonio Conde, Sergio Manuel and Andrés Fernández.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the fourteenth day of the Endesa League held at the San Pablo Municipal Sports Palace in front of 3,500 spectators.