ANDhe Movistar Estudiantes lost (83-90) to a much more solid Joventut de Badalona, ??which with its third consecutive victory settled in seventh position in the Endesa League.
The students, terrible in the outside shot with 7 of 29 in triples, were always in tow and when they had the opportunity to fight for the victory with 79-82 three minutes from the end they sank before a Penya with the clearest ideas.
The Madrilenians started badly and two consecutive triples by Bassas and Brodziansky gave the Catalans confidence (8-13, min. 6).
The locals were not successful in the outside shot and hardly disturbed in the defensive rebound, which allowed Joventut to go away by nine points (13-22, min. 8) with a successful López-Arostegui.
The triples by Djurisic and Jackson woke up Estudiantes in the final stretch of the first quarter and the points within the Arteaga and Djurisic zone put them two down (29-31, min. 14).
La Penya recovered with Bassas and Tomic on the track. A 2-10 run led by Brodziansky from the three-point line put Badalona’s men up ten (34-44, min. 18). A final basket from Barea made it 43-51 at halftime.
The Catalans stretched the lead to 13 points (46-59, min. 23) with Tomic dictating his law under the hoops but let the students hold on to the game slowing down their game.
Avramovic and Arteaga lifted the Madrilenians with a 9-0 run in two minutes that tightened the score (55-59, min. 25) before Dimitrijevic halted the student advance with five points that gave the green-blacks air (62- 69).
Birgander widened the lead in the first minutes of the fourth quarter (68-76, min. 33) but history repeated itself. Arteaga and Gentile made it 74-76 with five minutes left.
The game went open in its decisive phase. Avramovic made it 79-82 to which Penya answered with a free kick from Brodziansky that ended up being decisive three minutes from the end.
The accumulation of nonsense of the Students until the end of the crash was enormous. A basket from Tomic and a self-basket from Avramovic when trying to catch the rebound in the triple thrown by the Croatian ended up ensuring the Catalan victory
83. Movistar Students (23 + 20 + 21 + 19): Barea (10), Avramovic (14), Vicedo (6), Brown (5), Delgado (5) -starting team-, Jackson (8), Roberson (5), Djurisic (8), Gentile (8), Arteaga (14)
90. Joventut Badalona (27 + 24 + 18 + 21): Bassas (10), Ventura (7), López-Arostegui (16), Brodziansky (16), Tomic (14) -starting team-, Dimitrijevic (7), Dawson (-), Ribas (7), Morgan (5) , Birgander (8) and Parra (-).
Referees: Hierrezuelo, Manuel and Fernández. They eliminated JJ Barea (min. 40) for committing two unsportsmanlike fouls.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 21 of the Endesa League played without an audience at the WiZink Center in Madrid.
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