The Baskonia player, Luca vildoza, he dressed again as a hero, as he did in the league final against Barcelona to give the title to his team, and scored the triple of the Barça victory, 76-73, after catching a pass from his teammate Pierrià Henry and breaking the tie caused by the taronja Sam Van Rossom eight seconds from the end on the first day of the Endesa League. Also, he was the MVP of the match.
The Mar del Plata guard concluded the match as he started it, with a great success from the outside shot, which led him to be the top scorer, 21 points, of a match that had Baskonia controlled as a result of a defensive deployment that broke the schemes of the Valencian staging.
The Argentine club surprised its rival with a pressing defense with two against one that prevented the taronja ball from circulatingAlthough the three-point shot marked the start of a duel in which Luca Vildoza established himself as an offensive benchmark with three consecutive triples.
Barça’s aggressiveness and speed did not decrease at the start of the second half and they reached the maximum advantage so far, 31-16, which left the Levantines knocked out and without ideas, without response to the defense of two against one.
But the talent of the Balkans Klemen prepelic and Nikola Kalinic It gave hope to Valencia, who was hooked on the game from the 6.75 line and got to be 44-35.
The taronjas tried to match the physical waste of Baskonia after passing through the changing rooms, but they found a successful Zoran Dragic, who maintained the advantage of his team with 7 consecutive points.
The locals did not come out of their lethargy and found no response and the game entered the last quarter with a 58-55, after a 0-10 partial in favor of the Valencians, who again saw possibilities to overcome the champion despite a hesitant start.
Dusko Ivanovic chose to play with two bases on the court and the Argentine Luca Vildoza, without prominence after the break, opened the room with a triple, which gave oxygen to the Baskonians.
Valencia tried through Mike Tobey, but the Barça guards led a looser Baskonia in attack. However, he did not sentence him until the appearance of Luca Vildoza, who did not miss the final triple and gave him the victory, 76-73.
76 –Baskonia (25 + 19 + 14 + 18): Vildoza (21), Raieste (-), Giedraitis (10), Polonara (2) and Diop (5), -Five starting- Jekiri (12), Henry (6 ), Sederkerskis (4), Peters (2) and Dragic (14).
73 – Valencia Basket (16 + 19 + 20 + 18): Van Rossom (12), Sastre (5), San Emeterio (7), Labeyrie (7) and Dubljevic (12) – starting five-, Prepelic (9), Tobey (9), Kalinic (6), Vives (-), Williams (6), Hermannsson (-).
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