ANDhe UCAM Murcia Club Baloncesto, overwhelming from the start, overcame MoraBanc Andorra by a resounding score of 96-67, which they were already winning almost by that difference with eight minutes of the game played.
Grana’s victory was a matter of accuracy and also of energy (43-31 in rebounds and 14-9 in recoveries) and now Sito Alonso’s men are seventh in the Endesa League with 12 wins in 21 games and those from the Principality are close to relegation to be sixteenth with seven games won out of the 23 he has played.
The meeting was, if not resolved, very much on track in the first quarter. The 31-10 that reflected the email of the Palacio de los Deportes in just eight minutes showed it. Seven points from Tomás Bellas, six from Jordan Davis and Kostas Vasileiadis and five from Isaiah Taylor, together with a great defense from the Murcian team, left no doubt about their performance and their intentions.
Not even with time out requested by David Eudal could the Andorran side contain the barrage that was coming their way and the quarter ended with a 20-point difference after Conor Morgan, with a 2+1, left the score at 33-13.
Codi Miller-McIntyre came to the rescue of his team and ten of his points in just five minutes on the court, including a triple plus an additional free throw, at least served to stop the bleeding (37-21).
The fluidity and scoring pace of the home team dropped considerably and MoraBanc, without being too fine either, got into the game by punishing local errors (41-28).
The grana coach called the players to his side and the response was obvious. UCAM CB intensified the defense and, when the rival seemed more connected, they closed the period with a 5-1 run for +17 (46-29).
In the second half, if there were doubts, James Webb and Thad McFadden, with two triples, were in charge of dispelling them (60-36). Then, Augusto Lima and Emanuel Cate, both causing damage in the yellow zone, kept the lead and in the last period the match was practically resolved (71-47).
The advantage continued to increase in the fourth set and a very active Vasileiadis contributed to them. The veteran Greek forward, much used before Chris Czerapowicz was injured, went up to 14 points to share the offensive leadership in the match with Miller-McIntyre.
In fact, UCAM CB led by 36 goals (92-56) and the final minutes were made up by MoraBanc.
96. UCAM Murcia Basketball Club (33+13++25+25): Taylor (8), Davis (11), Rojas (3), Webb (10) and Lima (11) -five starting-, Bellas (9), Malmanis (4), Radovic (8), McFadden (10) Cate ( 8) and Vasileiadis (14).
67. MoraBanc Andorra (13+16+x18+20): Hannah (8), Nakic (5), Paulí (-), Noua (6) and Diagne (4) -initial five-, Miller-McIntyre (14), Llovet (8), Jelinek (4), Crawford (5) , Guillem Colom (2), Morgan (5) and Arteaga (6).
Referees: Benjamín Jiménez Trujillo, Arnau Padrós Feliu and Alfonso Olivares. They eliminated the local Bellas (m.37).
Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-fourth day of the Endesa Basketball League that was played at the Palacio de los Deportes de Murcia before 5,239 spectators.