The Eurocup stays in Valencia
Aíto García Reneses, coach of Alba Berlin, would remember these days his players that there was a team like Unicaja that two years ago deprived Valencia Basket of lifting the Eur
Aíto García Reneses, Alba Berlin coach, would remind his players these days that there was a team like Unicaja that two years ago deprived Valencia Basket of lifting the Eurocup in the same San Luis Fountain. And if they did, why could not the Dawn. The story, however, did not turn the face this time to Valencia, which devastated after a hesitant start. [Narration and statistics (89-63)]
Clothed in a bursting pavilion, Valencia Basket lifted its fourth European title in a competition that has become his, as no rival has been able to overshadow him in the last decade. And that worse could not start the night despite the propitious decor.
The Alba, without any pressure, came out intense. In just four minutes he had already scored the highest income of this final series to three with a partial of 0-11. Maybe it was the best thing that could happen to the Valencian block, like the pinch that makes you wake up in the middle of a nightmare.
He was in a scare. The Valencia was adjusting in defense after moving Ponsarnau the bench and sitting, among others, Guillem Vives, who did not have the desired re-release. He then pulled two members of the second unit, Dubljevic and Matt Thomas. And Valencia, to be knocked out, happened to react in a big way with a brilliant Diot in the direction. With a partial of 10-3 he balanced the score and closed the first quarter with a 17-18.
The inertia was compensated with a greater defensive adjustment, which allowed to cut the wings to Silva and Giedraitis, the best of Alba Berlin. Of his franchise player, Sikma, decisive in Germany, nothing was known.
Valencia took the run, unleashed, in a dizzying second quarter where the wide bench - captain Rafa Martinez, who ended up crying, was the dismissal of Ponsarnau-, was incorporated artillery to the cause in front of a rival overflowing.
The great performance of Dubljevic, under the board and from the outside line, was seconded by Thomas, who finally woke up in the decisive series and soon got four triples to put the maximum income (+17) 40-23. A second room almost perfect, under the baton of Diot. Van Rossom, stellar in the first two games, was more discreet.
The French base kept the baton firm in the resumption, where the Alba tried a zone defense, also rotated from the outside to stretch the maximum income to 22 points (63-41).
Without power of reaction and with the reference of Sikma, disappeared, in the parquet (zero points) Valencia continued dancing in the last quarter to grab the Eurocup and not let go.
The party began long before the final horn. The Valencia did not let the rival breathe, stretched the rents more. Valencia made history by lifting the first of their four European crowns against their fans. Round night The Alba took on the indisputable superiority of Valencia Basket. King of Europe.
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