Lhe performance of a versatile Nikola Kalinic in the third quarter put an end to the hopes of Movistar Estudiantes, brought Valencia Basket out of the indolence in which it was entangled and led them to victory (100-89).
It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Valencian team and the seventh defeat in a row for the collegiate team, who are looking at relegation with increasing concern.
Initially, four three-pointers by Sam Van Rossom and as many open shots by Derrick Williams embittered the initial zone of Estudiantes, but the lack of forcefulness of both defenses turned the clash into an exchange of baskets from which the locals came out with an advantage thanks to their aim from the 6.75 line (34-29, m.10).
The passage of the minutes did not change the script of the crash. Both teams scored easily and the local distance grew or fell according to the inspiration of each other because there were hardly any forced errors.
Bojan Dubljevic fed the local marker and Aleksa Avramovic and Nemanja Djurisic, the visitor (45-40, m.15).
The Estudiantes, who announced a few hours before the clash the absence due to a blow to the knee of Ángel Delgado, his great reference in recent matches, found in Djurisic an inspired scorer who came to put him ahead with a few seconds to go a break to which the game finally came even (52-52, m.20).
After the break, Valencia began to fail in attack. The locals stopped scoring and the visitors, with much less pressure, took advantage of the points of an intelligent Víctor Arteaga (54-60, m.24).
Two more triples by Van Rossom woke up Valencia, the clash was equalized again and Kalinic’s activity on both sides of the court allowed him to enter the last quarter with a minimal income (76-73, m.30).
The Serbian forward’s teammates were infected by his intensity and, seeing the panorama, Estudiantes were blocked, the locals opened a gap with points from Dubljevic and Klemen Prepelic and Valencia enjoyed a comfortable final that allows them to maintain fifth place and increase their pressure on TD Systems Baskonia for the fourth.
100 – Valencia Basket (34 + 18 + 24 + 24): Van Rossom (18), Vives (-), Kalinic (19), Williams (10), Tobey (5) -five starters- Prepelic (8), Pradilla (1), Labeyrie (12), Dubljevic (22), Sastre (2) and Hermannsson (3).
89 – Movistar Students (29 + 23 + 21 + 16): Barea (14), Avramovic (13), Brown (11), Djurisic (24), Arteaga (23) -five starters- Sola (-), Stoilov (-), Laksa (-), Cvetkovic (4).
Referees: Calatrava, Oyón and Merino. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 35 of the Endesa League played behind closed doors at the Fuente de San Luis pavilion. A player from the children’s team of the Valencian club was presented with the local squad and lived the game on his bench in an action on the day against bullying.
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