Valencia Basket dies on the shore against Red Star
Álex Mumbrú’s men move away from the ‘Playoff’ after a game in which they had possession to win
MADRID, 6 Jan. (.) –
Valencia Basket has conceded this Friday at La Fonteta against Dusko Ivanovic’s Red Star (75-77) their second consecutive defeat in the Regular Phase of the Euroleague, a result that distances the Taronja team from the ‘Playoff’ positions.
Álex Mumbrú’s men rowed against the current for much of the match, in which the stellar performances of Serbian center Filip Petrusev and former local player Nemanja Nedovic, with 25 and 19 points each, neutralized the great encounter of Chris Jones (16).
Thus, they maintained the tension until the end, in which they reduced the deficit to the maximum and even enjoyed possession to win, although Jared Harper’s three-pointer attempt on the buzzer did not go in. With this, Red Star signed its eighth victory in 10 games since the arrival of Dusko Ivanovic.
Those from Belgrade, without the injured Luca Vildoza, took to the field during the warm-up with shirts with the message #FreeFacu, after the Euroleague prevented them from registering Facundo Campazzo, understanding that the club had committed serious violations of the rules of budget Control.
With the Argentine point guard as an exceptional witness on his team’s bench, the match began with an exchange of blows that was only interrupted with three minutes remaining in the first quarter with a 6-0 run for the Serbian team. which was made with an income of five points that he managed to defend before starting the second quarter (19-24).
However, it was Filip Petrusev’s display that allowed Dusko Ivanovic’s men to take the initiative in the second ten minutes; the Serbian center excelled with an almost impeccable 4 of 5 from the field and a perfect 8 of 8 from free throws to reach the interval with 16 points to his credit (42-47).
Álex Mumbrú’s side, who improved their defensive performance in the second half, managed to level the game shortly after the restart with a basket by Jaime Pradilla (53-53), but once again the visitors escaped again thanks to extaronja Nemanja Nedovic and Dalibor Ilic.
The 58-61 at the end of the third quarter promised war at La Fonteta, where, however, Ivanovic’s men managed to extend their advantage to +7. Even so, Jared Harper, from two, brought the Valencians closer (62-65) before he himself and Dubljevic missed two triple attempts that could have balanced the clash.
A foul on Klemen Prepelic with half a minute to go allowed the Slovenian guard to put his team within just one point (71-72). Nedovic, also from the personnel line, put up a 71-74 that Chris Jones managed to cut again (73-74) with only 11 seconds to go.
At the buzzer and after a free kick scored by Nedovic, Harper looked for the triple that would give them the victory, but the ball did not enter. With this, the taronjas are left with a balance of 7-10, two wins from the ‘Playoff’ zone.
–RESULT: VALENCIA BASKETBALL, 75 – RED STAR, 77 (42-47, at halftime).
VALENCIA BASKET: Jones (16), Radebaugh (10), Webb III (3), Dubljevic (2) and Puerto (3) –starting five–; Harper (11), Pradilla (10), Prepelic (3), López-Arostegui (3), Alexander (4) and Rivero (10).
RED STAR: Markovic (2), Dobric (9), Lazarevic (3), Bentil (2) and Petrusev (25) –possible starting five–; Holland (8), Lazic (3), Mitrovic (-), Nedovic (19) and Ilic (6).
— PARTIALS: 19-24, 23-23, 16-14 and 17-16.
–REFEREES: Vilius, Pastusiak and Konstantinovs. No deleted.
–PAVILION: Fountain of San Luis.