Baskonia “stepped” on Virtus and closed the last place for the Playoffs!

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THE Baskonia complete the puzzle of the octet in this year’s Euroleague!

With his… explosion Marcus Howard in the third period the Basques got a double-digit difference and in the end they won 89-77 the Virtus Bolognataking the qualification to the Playoffs, where they will face with a home disadvantage Real Madrid.

The American guard also played for the absentee Chima Monekehaving 28 points with 8/19 three-pointers, with Matt Costello to add 19p. and the Tantas Sendekerkis another 16p. Good performance from him too Nikos Rogavopoulos with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Dusko Ivanovic’s team as a whole had 16/39 3-pointers.

From the Italians, who said goodbye to their presence in this year’s Euroleague, stood out Tornik Sengelia with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

The match

The two teams were together from the beginning of the match, with Baskonia steadily maintaining a small lead (11-10) in the first five minutes, with Howard sending them to +5 (19-14), at 7′. Virtus’ answer came from Cordinier and Lundberg, who pushed her to individual scores of 2-8, for the lead (21-22), at the end of the first period.

With the Danish guard continuing the same appetite, the Italians escaped to +3 (26-29), at the beginning of the second quarter. Baskonia’s reaction came with forward Rogavopoulos, who pushed them on a 7-0 run, for +4 (33-29), in the 15th minute. Virtus responded with Hackett to tie the game (36-36), with the two teams going into the locker room tied at 41-41.

With forwards Howard and Miller-McIntyre, Baskonia entered the second half with a “force”, initially going to +10 (53-43) and with the American guard taking… fire from outside the 6.75m. the difference jumped to +16 (63-47), at 27′. Sengelia tried to keep Virtus in the match (65-54), but the Basques responded and closed the third period at +15 (72-57).

The match had a very high pace from the beginning of the fourth quarter, with back-to-back three-pointers from both, but Baskonia steadily maintained its difference at +15 (85-70), until the 35th minute. From then on, Dusko Ivanovic’s team was in control, taking the final victory 89-77.

The quarters: 21-22, 41-41, 72-57, 89-77

See here the match statistics

Source: Sport Fm

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