ANDhe Bilbao Basket had a feast at the expense of Baskonia (83-68) to win the Euskal Kopa, held at the Mikel Trueba Sports Center in Santurtzi on Sunday morning, ending their preseason with very good feelings and a final balance of 3 victories and 2 losses. Mumbrú’s men dominated their rival from the middle of the first quarter, pushed by a huge Andrew Goudelock in the annotation -at more than point per minute- and sustained by a total dominance in the paint (14 rebounds difference) to accumulate distance and fly over a 20-point lead for most of the second half.
The match began with a clear Baskonia dominance, sustained from the defense and which resulted in a 0-9 run in the first four minutes of play. It was hardly a mirage, however, because Bilbao corrected early and, taking advantage of the entry of Andrew Goudelock -9 points in less than 4 minutes- and Jeff Withey, began to score with ease and dominate in the paint to completely turn the scoreboard. at the end of the first quarter (22-13). The good work of Miniotas in the zone added to the problems of fouls in the position of five in Baskonia (Nnoko and Enoch committed their third very early), which allowed Mumbrú’s men to dismantle Ivanovic’s on both sides of track. Thus, doubling its rival in the rebound and shooting percentages, Bilbao Basket gradually increased its difference until ending with a maximum of 17 points at halftime (50-33).
The break seemed to bring energy to the Vitoria, who managed to get closer to 13 points (55-42, min.24) after 8 consecutive points from Baldwin IV. But, as happened at the start of the match, Bilbao Basket did not break down and reacted fiercely, this time from the triple. Two from Álex Reyes, another from Goudelock and one more from Miniotas smashed the Baskonista recovery attempt (67-46, min.28). With the game completely broken, Bilbao Basket continued to enjoy its dominance to score fluently and make the numerous Bilbao fans gathered in the pavilion enjoy themselves. Baskonia, totally blinded on the outside shot and with less and less energy, lived off some individual sparks but I cannot prevent the difference from going up to 25 points at the end of the match (93-68).
93 – Bilbao Basket (22 + 28 + 19 + 24): Rousselle (6), Hakanson (2), Mustache (11), Masiulis (3), Delgado (11) -the starting five-, Goudelock (20), Withey (9), Rafa Luz (2), Rigo (-), Reyes (15), Miniotas (14) and Galán (-).
68 – Baskonia (13 + 20 + 15 + 20): Granger (7), Marinkovic (7), Giedraitis (7), Sedekerskis (5), Nnoko (4) -the starting five-, Baldwin (10), Fontecchio (14), Hanzlik (6), Enoch (8) and Kurucs (-).
Partial: 22-13, 50-33 (rest), 69-48 and 93-68 (final).
Referees: Juan Carlos García, Rubén Sánchez and Sergio Manuel. Baskonista Nnoko was eliminated by five fouls.
Incidents: Final of the Euskal Kopa, a tournament organized by the Basque Basketball Federation, played at the Mikel Trueba Sports Center in Santurtzi.