Institute (3rd) was able to turn around the second semi against San Martín (7th) thanks to a third quarter of 29-19 and a better finish than the Corrientes to end up winning 90-84. Thus, it goes 2-0 in the semi of the National League which follows on Thursday at Santo’s house.
The match began with an effective and intense San Martín and an Institute with some errors. The local took almost two and a half minutes to convert their first points, while the visiting team was effective from the three-point line. The performance of the red-and-white squad was somewhat distant from that shown regularly in other games, especially for a difference of 43 to 57% in shots from the field, 3-13 to 10-18 in triples.
Saiz and double for Santo (Leandro Gomez / Instituto Press).
The reaction of Lucas Victoriano’s team came from the hand of Nicolás Romano (team top scorer with 19). The team from Corrientes did not take long to return to the level of intense attack. With the changes, those from Alta Córdoba managed to close the gap and leave the quarter 26 to 18 in favor of SanMa.
In the second segment, Instituto put more pressure on defense, which caused the visitor to have more errors in attack. The triples was where the Corrientes stretched the advantage. After a brief red-and-white rise, Santo attacked again and continued adding to the board. At the end of the chapter, Gloria was able to close the gap. The fourth number two finished 37 to 44 with partial victory of the visitor.
The field of La Gloria was filled again (Leandro Gomez / Instituto Press).
The intensity of Instituto opened the third stage where it closed the points gap. With a three-pointer from Martín Neck, the red-and-white tied the match and in the next play he turned the result around.. The solid defense that characterizes Lucas Victoriano’s team was once again present in this chapter. Parity became common currency at the end of the segment. La Gloria took the fourth 66 to 63.
The last ten minutes had the most constant back and forth of the match, San Martín took the lead thanks to Santiago Ferreyra (from the bench he scored 20, the scorer of the game) and Instituto did it with Nicolás Copello. Mistakes were also shared.
Throughout the duel the triple shots were not the best for Glory, but in the last minutes that was the way from where the white and red players took distances on the board.
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Instituto goes 2-0 to Corrientes