ANDhe Surne Bilbao Basket won 71-88 at Coosur Real Betis, where they chained their fifth win and delved into the wound of the bottom team player, who had 11 points to win, but succumbed after the break due to the great comeback of the Basques, with a stellar performance by the Swedish Ludde Hakanson (26 points).
In a clash postponed on January 3 due to cases of covid-19 at Betis, Luis Casimiro’s men returned to compete 26 days after their last game, which ended with a victory in Burgos, and they came out with the maximum concentration to put this appointment on track against a Surne Bilbao with the last minute withdrawal of the American Andrew Goudelock.
With the Latvian Dairis Bertans, ex-Bilbao, and the American with a Guinean passport Shannon Evans playing, Coosur Betis, in which the Serbian Aleksandar Cvetkovic was soon injured, acquired 7 rental points (9-2, m.3, and 13-6, m.4) against an erratic Surne, who, however, reacted and closed an even first quarter with 19-18 (m.10).
In the second, with the debut of the American David Walker in the Biscayans and the return of the Hispanic-Dominican Mike Torres with the Sevillians, the Betis team gave a new rush and, with 5 three-pointers scored in this first half, took advantage of shooting errors and the numerous losses of Surne Bilbao to distance themselves again (36-25, m.19, their maximum advantage).
Everything changed after the break, which was 39-29 after a triple by Bertans (3 of 11 in total), as Alex Mumbrú’s team came out with a radically different attitude and, although Betis held their difference until shortly before Ecuador (47-40, m.24), the Basques took the lead for the first time with a run of 2-11 (49-51, m.28).
The figure of the Swedish Ludde Hakanson emerged there, who, very successful with his triples and with the help of the Frenchman Damien Inglis under the hoops, increased the advantage of the Biscayans until reaching 9 points of rent at the end of a third quarter in which the Betis were shipwrecked and collapsed (53-62, m.30).
The decoration was maintained in the last quarter, in which Betis, desperately, tried to get back into the match (57-65 and 64-73, m.31 and m.36.5), but the triples of Hakanson, Rafa Luz and Álex Reyes prevented them from doing so so that Bilbao, after reaching their maximum lead (65-84, m.39), tied the victory without problems.
71 – Coosur Betis (19+20+14+18): Evans (17), Bertans (20), Almazán (-), Brown (5), Pasecniks (14) -starting quintet-, Agbelese (-), Mike Torres (-), Cvetkovic (-), Leslie (8), Burjanadze (2), Baez (3) and Pozas (2).
88 – Surne Bilbao Basket (18+11+33+26): Rafa Luz (7), Hakanson (26), Mustache (12), Masiulis (3), Ángel Delgado (14) -initial quintet-, Withey (4), Rousselle (-), Rigo (4), Reyes (8) , Walker (-), Galán (-) and Inglis (10).
Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Juan de Dios Oyón and Yasmina Alcaraz. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Matchday 16 of the Endesa League, postponed to January 3 due to cases of COVID-19 in the local team and played at the Palacio de los Deportes de San Pablo, in Seville. A minute of silence was observed for the death of the father of Betis player Pepe Pozas.