ANDhe Coosur Real Betis, bottom of the Endesa League, clung this Saturday to their permanence options with a vital victory against Río Breogán (84-81), classified for the Copa del Rey, in a match decided by the enormous quality of the Equatorial Guinean point guard Shannon Evans.

The basketball player of American origin scored 18 points without fail, provided eleven assists and distinguished himself in the final two minutes by turning the score in favor of the Galicians with a triple, a basket in an acrobatic position after penetration and four free throws that were the last nine Betis points.

Despite having Kacinas and Mahalbasic on sick leave, the team from Lugo showed a very good starting face, as they took advantage of the two quick fouls by Pasecniks to score the first notable advantage of the duel (12-21, m.8 ) thanks to Kalinoski’s success from the perimeter.

Although the visitor’s lead rose to ten points in the second period (24-34, m.17), the success of the Betis shooters, who hit six triples in ten minutes, allowed their team to turn the score around with a mate on a counterattack from debutant Jacob Wylie (42-40 at halftime).

The tone of equality was maintained in the third period, in which the attacks prevailed over the defenses with outstanding shooters like the local Bertans or the visiting Kalinovski, who hit a triple at the buzzer to give his team a minimal advantage (65- 66, m.30) with the last act to be disputed.

In the decisive quarter, Breogán stretched the score and seemed to have controlled the match until the star Shannon Evans burst in with a recital in the minutes of truth, although the Galicians wasted two options to tie in the final moments through Musa, blocked by Brown first and erratic in the last triple that would have sent the match to extra time.

Data sheet:

87 – Real Betis Coosur (14+28+23+19): Evans (18), Leslie (3), Bertans (10), Brown (13), Pasecniks (12) -starting quintet-, Almazán (4), Cvetkovic (8), Báez (6), Torres (6) and Wylie (4).

81 – Breogan River (21+19+26+15): Bell-Haynes (9), Sergi Quintela (6), Musa (14), Lukovic (15), Jankovic (10) -initial quintet-, Sakho (2), Erik Quintela (-), Urtasun (-), Cruz ( 5) and Kalinoski (20).

Referees: Juan Carlos García González, Raúl Zamorano and Esperanza Mendoza. They eliminated the visitor Sakho by five personal (min.36).

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-first day of the Endesa League. Some 3,000 spectators at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo.