Jayson Granger’s Baskonia defeated Monaco at home and added their third consecutive victory in the Euroleague.
In the match corresponding to the fifth date of the most important club tournament on the old continent, Baskonia and Monaco faced each other. The former came from beating Alba Berlin in Germany, while the latter came from falling at home to Barcelona. Those led by Dusko Ivanovic took to the field with Jayson Granger, Simone Fontecchio, Rokas Giedraitis, Matt Costello and Landry Nnoko from Cameroon. For their part, those led by Zvezdan Mitrovic began with Leo Westermann, Mike James, Yakuba Ouattara, Jerry Boutsiele and the Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas.
The match held at the Fernando Buesa Arena presented an extremely balanced start, in which both teams tried to capture their main offensive attributes in the rectangle. The tenant ensemble featured an inspired Simone Fontecchio, while the visiting cast featured Donatas Motiejunas and Jerry Boutsiele in the painting. As the minutes went by, the parity was maintained, although other ways of scoring appeared. The Basques found a goal at the low post through Landry Nnoko. For their part, those of the principality did so through Danilo Andjusic and Paris Lee. With a good contribution from the substitute bench by Wade Baldwin and Steven Enoch, the Vitorians managed to open a seven-point lead. On the closing of the initial stage, with a pair of consecutive entries by Mike James, the Monegasques managed to balance the actions.
At the beginning of the second half the homeowner was at the forefront in the electronic in figures from 38 to 35. In the first bars of the complement the best version of those led by the Montenegrin Dusko Ivanovic could be observed, who with an excellent defensive work , added to the contribution in attack of Jayson Granger and Rokas Giedraitis, they placed a partial of 22-11 in the third quarter, which gave them the possibility of obtaining an income of 14 points (60-46). Those led by Zvezdan Mitrovic tried a reaction in the last period, mostly with individual impulses from Andusic and James. However, those of Vitoria-Gasteiz remained firm and ended up closing the game in their favor without major setbacks. Finally, Baskonia was left with the victory 78-66 and thus reaped its third consecutive victory in the Euroleague.
The winner was the performance of Italian Simone Fontecchio, who contributed 20 points and 7 rebounds, well seconded by Landry Nnoko with 14 points and 7 rebounds. On the underdog side, Mike James finished as the leading scorer with 18 points.
Uruguayan point guard Jayson Granger scored 12 points (1/3 triples, 3/3 doubles and 3/4 free), grabbed 2 rebounds and distributed 6 assists in the 24:30 minutes that he remained on the court, reaching a total valuation of 19.
The next commitment of our compatriot’s team in the continental competition will be on Wednesday, when as a visitor they have to face Unics Kazan. While for the ACB League he will be active again on Sunday, visiting UCAM Murcia.
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