Vitoria, Sep 30 (EFE).- Cazoo Baskonia’s intensity and goal finished Unicaja Málaga 103-89 in the two’s debut in the Endesa League after a great Andalusian start that was nipped in the bud by the Vitorians starting in the second quarter with an overturned Buesa Arena, which hung the “no tickets” sign.
More than 15,000 fans witnessed Baskonia’s ability on the perimeter, which sank Malaga’s work with 16 trebles.
Guided by an excellent Darius Thompson author of 20 points and 5 assists, the Baskonistas reacted thanks to Markus Howard, who scored 15 points in 8 minutes.
On the visitors’ side, the best Nihad Djedovic who left up to 24 PIR credits.
The Malaga entered the game more finely. They had the clearest ideas both in attack and defense and made the first differences, 5-14. The premises did not find solutions in the static attack and could not stop the inspiration of Nihad Djedovic, author of 11 points.
The Andalusians netted seven clear hat-tricks in eight minutes to pull a big lead in ten near-perfect minutes for Ibon Navarro’s men, who came away with a 22-35 lead.
Markus Howard led the way for Baskonia and starred in a 10-0 solo run after 12 consecutive points from Barca’s goalscorer to close the scoreline in a crowded Buesa Arena that was heating up.
A triple from Tyson Carter broke the home partial, but the game had changed. Baskonia’s defense gained another two or three points thanks to the intensity of Arturs Kurucs and Tadas Sedekerskis, who took over from Markus Howard alongside Vanja Marinkovic.
The Vitorians added three from three and completed a dream eleven minutes which resulted in a 39-12, which left the duel at half-time with a 59-37.
Markus Howard retired to the locker room after an unfortunate slip that dampened the mood in the stands. The Malagasy took advantage of the moment to find their initial game, but Baskonia was launched and more solid.
When Joan Peñarroya’s men managed to get out quickly, Unicaja suffered from slowing down the runs of the Basque team, which won on the back of Darius Thompson, who grew bigger as the minutes went by.
Ibon Navarro has tried everything. He changed quintets, defenses and looked for the reaction of his people, but the locals were still soft with an 84-60 ten minutes from the end.
Baskonia kept their composure as Unicaja’s sparks sought to close the gap, but despite the movement from the benches, the Vitorians maintained a very high level thanks to their physical superiority in many playing positions.
The gap was reduced below 20 points, but it was an insurmountable distance for a Unicaja who chose to continue playing their game until the final 103-89.
– Technical sheet:
103 – Bitci Baskonia (22+37+25+19): Thompson (20), Marinkovic (12), Giedraitis (11), Men (9) and Enoch (2) -initial five-, Kotsar (3), Howard ( 15), Raieste (-), Sedekerskis (12), Costello (7), Kurucs (12) and Díez (-).
89 – Unicaja (35+12+13+29): Perry (8), Kalinoski (7), Djedovic (20), Osetkowski (6), Lima (8) -starting five-, Carter (3), Brizuela ( 12), Diaz (5), Will Thomas (2), (15), Barreiro (3), Kravish (10) and Ejim (5).
Referees: Miguel Ángel Pérez Pérez, Luis Miguel Castillo and Joaquín García. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the first day of the Endesa League played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria in front of 15,501, very close to being sold out despite the fact that all the tickets were sold at the Vitorian Coliseum. After the encounter, Juan Magán and Ana Mena performed.