Baskonia already know what it is to win in this Euroleague. He did it in the third, through a very serious game against a very serious opponent, who did not make it easy at all, especially in the second half, when after coming back eleven points behind, after a partial of 8 -21, got ahead. Panathinaikos came to Vitoria after their first victory on the Fenerbahce court, and lost, but they could win the same. Granger’s defense on the last play, after a huge game, prevented it.
Baskonia started better than in the two previous games, with more confidence in their shooters than in the previous appointments they had finished with very poor percentages. In the first quarter he was ahead on the scoreboard, and seemed to dominate the game with some sufficiency, but suffered a momentary blackout and lost his footing in the final minutes, until the quarter ended (15-17). However, the feelings were better than in previous games. The shot was working. Giedraitis or Fontecchio did not shake their hands, and also the defense seemed firm. Despite the score against, things were not bad at all.
The second quarter began with a very plugged Enoch. The Connecticut center, scored a couple of consecutive baskets and swept the rebounds to put Baskonia above, although the Cuban Sant-Roos broke the streak and put the Greeks ahead again, who played at the rhythm of Macon and Perry, unleashed sometimes. Giedraitis, however, put things in place with a triple and the subsequent steal of the ball, with 12 seconds remaining until the break. Sedekerskis put the icing on the cake with a triple on the limit, which sent Ivanovic’s men to the dressing room with a five-point advantage.
It seemed that the trend continued with the beginning of the second half, after three consecutive triples that raised the difference to eleven points, but the time-out requested by Priftis served to wake up his team. In such a way that they scraped the difference to minimize it and put themselves ahead again. The Vitorians had to row again. A triple by Marinkovic with one second to go, his first basket in all three Euroleague games, allowed Baskonia to head into the decisive quarter.
He managed to keep the home team on edge, even though the final two minutes were dramatic. Giedraitis scored two free throws with 1.36m left (77-73); Macon hit a triple fifteen seconds later to make it 77-76. With 60 seconds in the light, Fontecchio added two more points, but Macon replied again with another shot of three (79-79). Then Granger appeared, nerves of steel. He caused a foul, scored both free throws, and after the time-out, with 23 seconds left, Baskonia played the wild card for the last foul they could take without entering a bonus. Granger was in charge of covering Papapetrou, who, very obliged, missed the triple desperately with two seconds left, and Baskonia took their first win. Very worked, very serious.
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