The Kirolbet Baskonia became the new leader of the Endesa League after defeating Valencia Basket on Sunday 77-56 in a match in which he was much superior.
The azulgranas were not fine since the launch of three points, but managed to put in practice a great defense that dispelled the intentions of the men of Jaume Ponsarnau, who were better in the rebound.
The Basque team was directed to perfection by an excellent Marcelinho Huertas, who signed 21 points of valuation, with 10 points and 11 assists, with hardly any mistakes in the game.
In addition, four more players surpassed the ten points in valuation, while the visiting side Matt Thomas, and only in some moments, was the only player inspired by offensive work.
The duel began with a lot of rhythm, with the Valencian team very attentive in the offensive rebounds, which gave the possibility of being close to a Baskonia that did not stop its scoring capacity and punished the errors of its rival.
The counterattack was the best of the Catalans, who took advantage of the speed and capacity of their captain Tornike Shengelia, who in the beginning surpassed his pair, Will Thomas.
On the other hand, the outside shoot kept the taronjas in the match, although it was precisely the Baskonia, with two consecutive triples, which closed the first act with a 29-20.
In the second round, those of Pedro Martinez maintained their defensive aggressiveness in the pass line and their advantage around ten points of difference.
In addition, the American Matt Thomas, one of the best men of Valencia Basket in attack, committed the third personal foul, at which time Mike Tobey took the relief to contain the Basque intentions.
But Marcelinho Huertas marked the step by Barca side, with seven assists in the first half, and the locals went with an important advantage at half time, 45-32, with a more fluid game than his opponent.
The passage through locker rooms stopped the pace of the match, but the Brazilian base was at ease and reconnected with his teammates to extend the difference over the ten.
While Valencia Basket still did not find good feelings on the court, the Baskonia improved in the final stretch of the chapter and reached 58-41, after leaving the Levantines in only nine points in the third episode.
The sparks of an electric Luca Vildoza allowed another bite on the scoreboard to a Kirolbet who did not want to lower his guard despite having a duel on track that, a priori, presented many more difficulties than those raised by an unknown Valencia Basket.
The Valencians tried to make up the final result from the triple, although finally the Baskonia beat the taronjas by a comfortable 77-56.
77 – Kirolbet Baskonia (29 + 16 + 13 + 19): Huertas (10), Janning (9), Shields (4), Shengelia (14) and Poirier (8) -five start-up, Vildoza (13), Voigtmann ( 2), Diop (3), Granger (5), Garino (9) and Hilliard (-).
56 – Valencia Basket (20 + 12 + 9 + 15): Van Rossom (2), Matt Thomas (16), San Emeterio (6), Will Thomas (2) and Dubljevic (7) -five starter-, Abalde (2) ), Labeyrie (3), Tobey (8), Vives (8) and Doornekamp (2).
Referees: Juan Carlos García González, Fernando Calatrava and Martín Caballero. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the seventh round of the Endesa League played at the Fernando Buesa Arena of Vitoria before 10,042 spectators.