ANDhe Acunsa Gipuzkoa Basket re-engaged in the fight for permanence with a victory that seemed out of reach against Valencia Basket, 77-60, with Congolese center Viny Okouo and Montenegrin forward Dino Radoncic leading their team in their goal for continuing in the Endesa League.
The Donostiarras began as a shot, with Okouo as an impossible factor to decipher for the Taronja rear and Radonic also very involved in the match, while Valencia Basket, without getting off the cloud to which they climbed with their triumph in the Euroleague against Fenerbhace, he was sure he would have time to put the locals in their place.
It was not in the sublime first half of the Basque team, capable of the best and the worst without a solution of continuity, that in the first 10 minutes of the game they had their best defensive moments of the season.
A Carlson basket gave way to a very interesting second quarter, in which it was at stake if the local team was able to maintain its intensity in both areas or logic began to prevail and Valencia regained the leading role on the scoreboard.
It was more the second because those of San Sebastián entered those periods of lethargy that weigh down their options in almost all matches and Jaume Ponsarnau’s team did not give them any more advantage.
Labeyrie began to put everything he threw in and the differences were reduced to the minimum expression (31-30). A triple of Span would allow, at least, that the Guipuzcoans go with an advantage to the rest.
The third quarter, however, returned to offer a solvent GBC that showed that he still had a lot to say in this match, he did not let himself be overcome by the Valencians and found formulas to score almost always away from the rim, once the source of Okouo’s production, to reach the last 10 minutes with an important income to defend (54-44).
Marcelo Nicola’s team was thrown against an unknown Valencia Basket and the last quarter further evidenced the differences in this match, in which the GBC continued to shine and increase their income and those of Ponsarnau, accusing fatigue, saw that the match did not it was for much more and they ended up throwing in the towel in what was the surprise of the day.
– Data sheet;
78.- Gipuzkoa Basket (20 + 16 + 18 + 24): Faggiano (3), Oroz (8), Tomás (3), Radoncic (18), Okouo (20) – starting five- Magarity, Span (15), Dee (3), Carlson (8), Motos and Olaizola.
60.- Valencia Basket (8 + 22 + 14 + 16): Marinkovic (3), San Emeterio, Hermannsson (3), Pradilla, Tobey (6) – starting five- Prepelic (15), Puerto, Labeyrie (15), Van Rossom, Kalinic (7), Vives (2) and Willians (9).
Referees: Cortés, Araña and Rial.
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