Baskonia repeated the work of the first round and this season the two derbies against Bilbao will be theirs. Dusko Ivanovic’s team continues in the good wake of qualifying thanks to their victory at Miribilla. Bilbao, on the other hand, continues to be in trouble. What remains of the course is a time trial for salvation. The Bilbao court hosted a match that historically wears the colors of Baskonia (28 victories in 36 matches). Mumbrú and company would have signed to repeat the tight victory of last season (79-75), but this time the duel was not so even. The visitors broke the rope in the third quarter and they decanted the appointment towards their side with 72-85
The Duelo between neighbors will shine forever in Dragic’s memory, who signed his scoring record defending the Baskonia jersey. Slovenian went to rest with 21 points scored -2 of 3 in shots of two, 4 of 4 in triples and 5 of 8 in free throws- which until then was his best record with the Vitorian elastic. Slovenian international he broke the mold because this season he averaged 8 points per game and his scoring ceiling was in the 17 he made against Zaragoza. The second of the Dragic brothers, his brother Goran plays in Miami Heat, was the joyous note in a game that was sad for Jekiri, injured in the knee before the long break and pending tests to establish the extent of your ailment.
Ivanovic’s team arrived at Miribilla with the inertia of their recent Euroleague win against Zenit in a game that they came back after a wonderful last quarter. Bilbao is not on that wave. In his battle to survive in the League, his closest memory was the defeat with Estudiantes, which brought him back to reality after having added two consecutive victories in momentous matches against Gipuzkoa and Betis. Those from Mumbrú played this time jerkily.
Baskonia went 9-15 shortly after starting with just two Bilbao players finding the hoop. The people from Bilbao failed five of the six triples attempted, but the trend changed and they maintained the uncertainty. They lost the first quarter 19-20 and it wasn’t until after the 15th minute that Baskonia established a safety distance. The honk of the second quarter was 35-45, which made it clear that Baskonia had arrived very comfortable to the basket.
Bilbao returned to the court with force and came to cut the disadvantage by half, but it lacked regularity so that the party had life. Baskonia took advantage of the disconnections of those of Mumbrú for in two minutes of the transit towards the last period the Barcelona went to the 14 points of rent. Hakanson and Kulboka entered the last quarter without scoring points and what was tried until the end was to avoid the mess once the pulse of the marker was lost.
The derby that went to Bilbao will remain as the day in which the men in black carried out an initiative of social significance. All the players changed their names on the shirt for words that summarize social causes to give continuity to the initiative supported by the Foundation to give visibility to different projects. On this occasion, on track were Volunteering, Solidarity, Inclusion, Sustainability, Education, Zero Hunger, Equality, represented in Basque and Spanish.