76-81. Bilbao surprises Joventut at the start

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Badalona (Barcelona), September 30 (EFE).- Surne Bilbao surprised Badalona (76-81) by beating Joventut Badalona in an equal match that was decided in the last seconds with a basket from Adam Smith and four free-kicks scored by Ludde Hakanson after the hosts were unable to finish the game 75-72 with a minute and a half to go.

Francis Alonso (19 points) and Adam Smith (16 points) were the mainstays of Jaume Ponsarnau’s side at Badalona against Penya who played a more irregular game against a very neat opponent who lost only five balls over the whole game. Ante Tomic with 14 points was the top scorer for the black and white but in the second half he went off against the hoop and the black and white had no relief for the Croatian.

The Bilbao team started better than Xavi Rabaseda, who with his points took his team to a maximum of five points (10-15, min. 6). The hosts were poor in defensive transitions and couldn’t stop Smith and Rabaseda on the perimeter. Between them, they added 21 points in the first half.

The black and white reacted thanks to Kyle Guy with two hat-tricks and managed to equalize at the end of the quarter (21-21) after a basket from Birgander.

The equality was maintained at the start of the second quarter (25-25, min. 12) but the eruption of Ante Tomic in attack -12 points in the first half- and the good defense of Ventura against Adam Smith have changed the sign of the match.

Joventut went as far as a maximum difference of eleven points (47-36, min. 19) with Parra reaching eight points, but it was lost in the minute and a half before the break, which caused Surne Bilbao to left the difference in five points (47-42).

A hat-trick from Feliz put La Penya eight points early in the third quarter (50-42, min. 21), which Andersson and Whitey answered to prevent the hosts from breaking up the game (50-47, min. 23 ).

The Basques had more consistency in their game while La Penya lost the annotation without Tomic on the pitch. Three three-pointers from Alonso turned things around (60-61, min. 30) but La Penya reached the last quarter in front (63-61) with a three-pointer from Guy.

Surne Bilbao held the game at the hands of Alonso and Withey, who controlled Tomic down the stretch, and Joventut complicated the game after Albert Ventura missed two free throws with the score 75-72 at 1’27 from the conclusion.

Two free throws from Alonso and a basket from Smith give the Bilbao team the advantage (75-77) with 30 seconds to play. Feliz missed a free throw to tie the score (76-77) and Hakanson went hard on the free throw after Rabaseda forced a fight that favored his team by stealing a ball from Guy when La Penya attempted the triple to force the extension.

Technical sheet:

76. Joventut (21 + 26 + 16 + 13): Happy (10), Guy (13), Parra (8), Ellenson (7), Tomic (14) – initial team – Maronka (5), Vives (4) , Birgander (8), Kraag (-), Ribas (4), Ventura (3) and Howard (-)

81. Surne Bilbao Basket (21+21+19+20): Hakanson (8), Smith (16), Rabaseda (9), Andersson (5), Whitey (9) -initial team-, Radicevic (1), Sulejmanovic (6), Reyes (4), Kyser (4) and Alonso (19).

Referees: Perea, Sánchez Mohedas and Mendoza. They eliminated Simon Birgander for five personal fouls (min. 40)

Incidents: match corresponding to the first day of the Endesa League played at the Palau Olímpic in Badalona in front of 4,638 spectators.

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