ANDhe Valencia Basketball bitter the afternoon Bitci Baskoniadefeating him 82-89 in a game that he dominated in the last three periods. Jasiel Riveroauthor of 26 points in the first three quarters, was a nightmare for the defense from Vitoria, which proved incapable of stopping, already in the last stretch, the trio made up of Hermannsson, Van Rossom and Dubljevic. Between these three players they scored 21 of the 22 taronja points in the last 10 minutes, against a baskonia that again accused a poor reading of the game, anxiety and individualism in the minutes in which the wind blew against. peterswith a PIR of 33, was the best of the locals.

With an unstoppable attack, the baskonia started at full throttle. The Vitorians scored in their first 5 attacks, obtaining 12 points distributed between Fontecchio (5), Baldwin (5) and Enoch (2). Peñarroya immediately stopped the match, after only 3 minutes and with a 12-4 against. The changes and Rivero they put the Valencians back in the match, who reduced the disadvantage to just 3 points, 15-12, after a three-pointer from the corner of Hermannsson. The exchange of blows continued, with Valencia Basket doing a lot of damage in the paint and Baskonia taking advantage of the speed to maintain a minimal advantage, 21-20, at the end of the first 10 minutes.

An unsportsmanlike over Pradilla and a triple of Hermannsson they conceded the first advantage to the visitors as soon as the second quarter started (21-25, min.12). Pradilla repeated with an alley-oop to give his team a maximum of 6 points, against a baskonia with wet gunpowder in attack. The locals found success again from the triple, although it was not enough to close the gap in a match that began to get tougher (27-36, min.16). Rivero placed the first double-digit advantage for the taronja, just after a stratospheric mate from Baldwin (33-43). Costello he took over from Peters and, with 6 almost consecutive points, helped the Vitorians reduce the gap by half (41-46) at halftime.

The errors in the free throws prevented Valencia from ending the match, although an unstoppable Rivero continued to destroy the fragile Baskonia defense in the paint. triples of Giedraitis Y Fontecchio brought the azulgranas to just 3 points (49-52, min. 24), but Fontecchio’s anxiety and a technique after being called an attacking foul opened the door for Peñarroya’s men to escape again (49-59, min 26). those of Spadaughter they turned to Costello and Peters again to avoid getting off the hook, although Hanlan kept calm for the Valencians with two long shots that led to a 59-67 lead at the end of 30 minutes.

Dubljevic returned the ten lead for Valencia, who did not even accuse an unsportsmanlike Hanlan from which Baskonia did not get anything beyond the two free throws. The Vitorians survived, again, from the outside launch, but a more solid Valencia, led by a Dubljevic dominant increased its cushion to 11 points, 67-78, midway through the last period. Granger’s three consecutive three-pointers, to which the Uruguayan added a 3-meter shot, were the Basques’ last salvo (75-81, min. 38), always one step behind a much more serene and successful Valencia in the important moments. Thus, a triple of Van Rossom cooled the spirits of the stands (75-84), and another one from Hermannsson It ended up putting the seal on the visiting victory, which meant 1-1 and the return of the series to Valencia.

Data sheet:

82 – Bitci Baskonia (21+20+18+23): Baldwin IV (12), Fontecchio (14), Giedraitis (9), Peters (18) and Enoch (2) -five starters- Raieste (-), Marinkovic (-), Wetzell (1), Granger (13) and Costello (13).

89 – Valencia Basket (20 + 26 + 21 + 22): Dimitrijevic (5), López-Arostegui (2), Puerto (-), Rivero (27) and Tobey (-) -five starters- Claver (-), Van Rossom (13), Hanlan (13), Hermannsson (16) , Dubljevic (6) and Labeyrie (-).