He took… time Baskonia!
Despite their absences and being even at -16, the Basques prevailed 88-81 her Villerbanfor their fourth straight win that took them to 5-4.
The match had a stormy pace early on, with Villerban setting it, Baskonia trying to follow and the first quarter ending with a score of 30-20. The French continued as strong in the second quarter, going to +16 (39-23), at 12′. However, from that point on, the Basques turned up the heat and with Howard and Costello they were down to -7 (49-42) at the end of the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, Villerban escaped again to +12 (54-42), maintaining their double-digit difference (58-48), until 23′. There, Baskonia stepped on… the gas and with an 11-0 run went ahead (58-59), in the 26th minute. From that point on, the Basques were in control, closing the third period at +8 (65-73) and Ponceco getting sent off with a second technical penalty before the end!
The fourth quarter was very tough and low-scoring, with the hosts tying the score (79-79) at 36′. There, the Basques made the final counterattack and taking control with Costello and Howard went on a 9-0 run (79-87), taking the final victory 81-88.
The quarters: 30-20, 49-42, 65-73, 81-88
See the match statistics here
Source: Sport Fm
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