Dark week

Baskonia fell on his visit to Manresa in a new round of the Spanish ACB League. Jayson Granger’s team lost all three games it played in the week between the local tournament and the Euroleague.

By the fourth date of the Endesa League, the faces Manresa and Baskonia were seen. The former came from crushing Real Betis as a visitor, while the latter, in their last presentation, had fallen to Joventut in Badalona. Those led by Pedro Martínez jumped onto the field with Dani Pérez, Joe Thomasson, Janis Berzins, Luke Maye and Yankuba Sima. For their part, those led by Dusko Ivanovic began with Jayson Granger, Vanja Marinkovic, Rokas Giedraitis, Tadas Sedekerskis and Landry Nnoko from Cameroon.

The match played at the Pavelló Nou Congost had a very attractive start, in which both teams exchanged attack for attack, without taking differences in the score. The home team featured an inspired Luke Maye, who scored both on the perimeter and in the paint, while the visiting team had a fired up Jayson Granger, scoring and generating play for his teammates. The parity was maintained throughout the period, with both teams having a player who hurt from beyond 6.75 meters, Dani Pérez in the Catalans and Rokas Giedraitis in the Basques. As the minutes went by, the coaches gave more participation to the players of the second unit, who managed to maintain the intensity that the headlines had shown. Those from Catalonia found solutions through the Finn Elias Valtonen and the Nigerian Chima Moneke. For their part, those of Vitoria-Gasteiz improved their defense with the income of Simone Fontecchio and Matt Costello.

At the beginning of the second half, the owner of the house was in front of the electronic in figures from 37 to 33. In the first bars of the complement, a procedure very similar to that of the initial stage could be observed, where the control of the scorekeeper. Those led by the experienced Pedro Martínez became strong in the painted area with the presence of Yankuba Sima and the Belgian Ismael Bako, while those led by the Montenegrin Dusko Ivanovic had as their main offensive argument the triples of Vanja Marinkovic, who was well accompanied in this area by Giedraitis and Fontecchio. In the epilogue of the game, the tenant managed to get a rent of seven units, which would be lapidary for the aspirations of the people of Vitoria. Finally, Manresa was left with the victory by 74-67 and in this way he reaped his second victory in the tournament. For its part, Baskonia added its third consecutive defeat, two for the local tournament and one for the Euroleague.

In the winner, the figure of the Finn Elias Valtonen stood out, who scored 16 points, seconded by the Nigerian Chima Moneke with 15 points and 10 rebounds. On the losing side, Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis finished as top scorer with 15 points.

Uruguayan point guard Jayson Granger spent 28:17 minutes on the court, in which he contributed 8 points (1/3 triples, 2/6 doubles and 1/2 free), 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal, for a total valuation of 3.

The next commitment of our compatriot’s team will be on Friday, when for a new day of the Euroleague they have to host Olimpia Milano. While due to the local tournament, he will be active again in a week, hosting Monbus Obradoiro at home.

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