Monday, December 11, 2023

The happiest ending for Joventut

A three-pointer at the buzzer from midfield by Andrés Feliz gave Joventut Badalona the victory (81-78) against a Surne Bilbao team that was ahead almost the whole game.

Technical sheet

  • 81 – Joventut Badalona (19+19+15+28): Vives (-), Andrews (5), Kraag (-), Thomas (25), Prey (7) -starting with five-; Busquets (3), Feliz (20), Chery (8), Ribas (5), Rodriguez (3) and Ruzic (5).
  • 78 – Surne Bilbao (19+22+19+18): Renfroe (13), Smith (10), Rabaseda (3), Andersson (7), Hlinason (9) -starting with five-; Killeya-Jones (2), Reyes (10), Kullamae (12), De Ridder (6), Pantzar (6) and Tsalmpouris (-).
  • referees: Miguel Angel Pérez Pérez, Joaquín García González and David Sánchez Benito. They eliminated the visitor Hlinason because of five personal fouls (min. 38).
  • Incidents: The match of the tenth day of the Endesa League played at the Palau Municipal d’Esports in Badalona before 8,132 spectators.

Andrs Feliz, with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, was the best player of the game. The green and black Deshaun Thomas, with 25 points, was the leading scorer.

The game started with a nice exchange of baskets between the two teams starring Deshaun Thomas and Adam Smith at the beginning with many transitions to counterattack and good defense (6-9, min. 5).

For the Basques, in addition to Smith himself, Alex Renfroe joined the scoring party to put the first gap on the scoreboard (10-16, min. 7).

However, the green and black, with the return to the fields of Andrés Feliz after more than a month of absence, ignited everything in the Olympic, and La Penya reacted with the help of Kenny Chery (19-19, min. 10 ).

Four consecutive points at the beginning of the second period from Deshaun Thomas put the first advantage for the Catalans (24-20, min. 13), but in the blink of an eye, the visiting team came to return on the tables.

A three-pointer from Estonian Kristian Kullamae gave Bilbans another chance to shine which caused a timeout for Carles Duran (27-33, min. 18).

The explosion of young Michael Ruzic gave wings to Joventut, which put the score at 38, but a three-pointer at the buzzer before Lex Reyes put Surne Bilbao ahead at halftime (38-41).

At the restart, another set led by Thomas put the black and green team ahead, but it was a mirage. From the next game, Surne Bilbao opened the gap again with a few good minutes from Renfroe (43-49, min. 25).

The players led by Jaume Ponsarnau managed to maintain the advantage at the end of the third quarter after several consecutive positive actions by Kullamae (53-60, min. 30).

In the last ten minutes of the game, Lex Reyes scored the highest with one of his triples (56-64, min. 32). However, La Penya believed until the end and reached the last minutes with options for a comeback.

Surne Bilbao started to miss free throws in the last half and Pau Ribas tied the game (78-78) with five seconds left.

Kullamae had a shot to win, but missed. Andrés Feliz grabbed the rebound and scored a triple from the middle of the court at the buzzer to win the game and confirm the victory of Joventut Badalona by 81-78.

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