Strong as a roka

Jayson Granger’s Baskonia defeated Valencia Basket at home for the first day of the ACB League. In the Basques, the figure of the Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis stood out.

In the match corresponding to the first date of the Endesa League, the faces Valencia Basket and Baskonia were seen. The former came from falling to Barcelona in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, while the latter came from beating BC Sibou of Romania, in what was their last pre-season friendly match, which gave them the title of the Álava-Araba trophy. Saria. Joan Peñarroya presented a quintet made up of Martin Hermannsson, Josep Puerto, Victor Claver, Jaime Pradilla and the Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic. For his part, Dusko Ivanovic started with Wade Baldwin IV, Vanja Marinkovic, Rokas Giedraitis, Tadas Sedekerskis and Landry Nnoko from Cameroon.

The match played at the Fuente de San Luis Pavilion had a fairly balanced start, in which both teams had an extremely fiery player. The home team had an inspired Bojan Dubljevic, scoring both in the paint and on the perimeter, while the visiting team hurt with the penetrations of the Lithuanian Rokas Giedraitis. The parity was maintained for much of the first half, being important for this the players who arrived from the second units, who maintained the same intensity that you had had the starters. The grapefruit found solutions through Nenad Dimitrijevic and Louis Labeyrie, who did damage from the pick and roll. For their part, the Basques opted for the pair made up of Jayson Granger and Simone Fontecchio, who together were crowned German BBL champions wearing the Alba Berlin shirt. Upon the closing of the initial stage, the champions of the 2019/20 season placed a partial of 7-0, which gave them the possibility of taking control of the shares.

At the beginning of the second half, the visit was in front of the electronic in figures from 36 to 30. In the first bars of the complement, a clearly marked procedure could be observed, in which a team tried by all means to reduce the difference, while that the other aimed to keep her. Averaging the third period, with the Slovenian Mike Tobey as the main offensive exponent, well accompanied by the youth squad Josep Puerto, the homeowner put an 11-0 that allowed him to go forward. At the beginning of the last quarter, the figure of Giedraitis appeared again, which with a couple of consecutive annotations, made those of Vitoria-Gasteiz match the score. In that period, Granger was important, adding to what he had been contributing in the generation the outside goal that he had missed in the first twenty minutes. In the game’s epilogue, those led by Dusko Ivanovic were firmer than those led by Joan Peñarroya and with a double from Matt Costello with ten seconds left, they sentenced the game in their favor. Finally, Baskonia was left with the victory 72-67 and thus started the 2021/22 season of the ACB League on the right foot.

In the winner, the figure of Rokas Giedraitis stood out, contributing 23 points and 6 rebounds, seconded by Matt Costello with 10 points and 5 rebounds. On the loser’s side, Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Uruguayan point guard Jayson Granger scored 10 points (2/5 triples, 1/1 doubles and 2/2 free), captured 3 rebounds, distributed 4 assists and recovered 1 ball in the 20:36 minutes that he remained on the court, reaching a valuation of 14.

The next commitment of our compatriot’s team will be on Friday, when in local condition they have to face Basketball Fuenlabrada.

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