The Vitorians react in the second half with a great defense and they will face Bara for the title. Jordan Loyd failed the triple that would have given the victory to Valencia.
Bara.End the dream of Burgos
Old Dusko came home for Christmas, when things in Vitoria were not taking off with Perasovic. Always to the rescue, now with his unmistakable ponytail. The methods of sergeant to recover the identity, to make Baskonia competitive, which was not even to get into the Cup. And there you have it, back to an ACB final,the ninth of its history, after battling copper in a dog-faced match with Valencia at La Fonteta, resolved in a heart-stopping finale in which Loyd missed the triple that would have brought glory to the locals.[73-75: Narracin y estadstica]
It was a defensive recital around the locker room that rescued a Baskonia that had dawned without a bro. Just 31 points were awarded to Valencia, to see how all the doors were closed one by one towards the final, as the people of Vitoria were now growing with the later appearance of Shields. Before,Shengelia and especially Dragic, had been the props of Dusko. Even so, the ardor of both took the battle to the finish line, with too many mistakes there, like those of Shengelia himself (free throws, offensive foul …). It was an ending without heroes, the kind in which nobody seems to win.
It was soon seen that it was not going to be the night of the Baskonia, that he was going to have to roll up his sleeves to succeed, stuck in the revolution of a party whose intensity was overflowing, totally dependent on Toko Shengelia, who only in the appearance ofZoran Dragicin the second quarter (14 of 21 points ah of the Slovenian) he was going to have a hand to pull the car. It turned out to be an erratic, stuck first part that was shorter than basketball. But Valencia felt more comfortable in that mud.
A Doornekamp lease was the first impulse of the locals on the scoreboard. It was a more choral work that of the taronjas, who clearly dominated the rebound, because the rings in this Final Phase are a matter ofMike Tobey, a colossus, passing over the muscles of Eric, of Diop, who stood in his way. With a triple from Labeyrie, in the same move in which the French twisted his ankle alarmingly – he did not return to the track – Valencia put the maximum (41-30).
Ivanovic looked for the reaction on the way back, sparking a group that didn’t seem his. He got it supported by Dragic, absolute protagonist. Even when two triples in a row(San Emeterio and Dubljevic)They cut their progression, answered with a 0-7, showing that they were fully in the bid, to the point of getting ahead after a long time, on the scoreboard (55-56) and, above all, in the sensations.
The grimaces that did nothing shrink, now they were released with danger. And vice versa. Valencia missedAlberto Abalde’s push, his best man in the Final Phase until he fell with abdominal discomfort. Also the presence of Tobey, loaded with faults. And, of course, the push of a Fonteta in which the silences deepened the doubts (despite the packed box). Vildoza, Shields and Polonara shot at the people of Vitoria.
But the real key, as so often, was defense. Now yes, it was the defense of a team of Ivanovic. From Sergeant Dusko. And against that aggressiveness Ponsarnau must find a loophole, a hero, because each basket was an odyssey.Saint Emeterius seemed so, eternal.But the hot ball went to the star. And Jordan Loyd failed, leaving Valencia orphaned from what would have been his third ACB final.