With his 22 years just turned, Valentin Bettiga threw his birthday party a day later and at the Hector Etchart. But with one exception, this time, the gift was given by him. It is that when time was running out in the Basketball Cathedral, and it seemed that Peñarol I was going to ruin the party the Russian blew up all the guests with a tremendous bombshell from side to side, four tenths from the end, to take the game to supplementary and give one more life to Ferro that he was determined to be the great host of the party.
With the clean and jerk of the comeback, because it should be noted that With Bettiga’s three-pointer, Verdolaga threaded an 11-4 run to lift a seven-point deficit less than a minute from the end of the game, Ferro faced the supplementary well above and had character to close it and take the victory 101-97.
Thus, the team led by Federico Fernandez, which also featured a Thomas Spano As organizer and scorer of the party, with 26 points, he added his fifth triumph in six presentations in the Super 20 of the National League, a key victory against a direct rival for one of the two qualifying spots at Final 8.
As in the five previous Super 20 encounters, Ferro showed an aggressive start, to overwhelm the rival from the beginning, with an intense and effective mark on offense. Thus, with a 12-2 run, he quickly forced Leandro Ramella to ask for a minute to stop Oé’s good start. However, two robberies in a row by Juan Ignacio Laterza, which ended with a triple by Theo Metzger and a layup by Nacho himself, further enlarged the lead, which reached a maximum of 14.
Peñarol managed to reduce the lead to 7 with 24 seconds to go, with a triple of Valinotti to crown an 8-0 run, but a double of Jonathan Torresi on the cicada allowed Ferro to go up 9.
That good closing of the native of Casilda continued at the beginning of the second quarter, with seven straight points in the first 3m18. The good performance of the guard gave Ferro air again on the scoreboard, which again stretched the lead to double figures.
But Ferro’s auspicious start was hampered by a reaction from the Mar del Plata team and a partial positive 9-2 to cut the difference to five, the minimum since Ferro took off on the scoreboard. Finally, a good passage from Oé in the last minutes of the quarter he left the game 44-35 at the end of the first half.
The trend changed at the beginning of the third quarter, with a Ferro that began to have problems and a Peñarol that turned lethal, also supported by a good effectiveness from outside the perimeter. A partial of 7-0 of those of Mar del Plata They alerted Fernández who asked for a minute to try to rearrange the pieces.
But the offensive drought continued, to the point that Ferro he only converted two points in the first seven minutes of the quarter. The other side was the Milrayitas, who with a resounding 19-2 went ahead on the scoreboard and took an 8 lead.
After that third quarter for oblivion to West, which is closed with a 26-11 in favor of Peñarol, the rival came out to play the last 10 minutes determined to take the victory, again with great effectiveness from outside the perimeter, with three triples in a row: two by Carlos Buemo and one by Joaquín Valinotti. In addition, Phillip Lockett’s internal game was also fundamental in this section.
But a lit room of Spano, with 12 points in the set, added to that tremendous bombing by Bettiga, reversed history which finally ended with a triumph for Ferro.
And the party can continue this Monday, with the match that those led by Fernández will play against Platense, in another decisive game for Oé in the face of qualifying for the final phase. The meeting will be at the Héctor Etchart, from 9 pm, also with the presence of the public.