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


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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