By the third round of the Basketball Champions League, Bruno Fitipaldo’s Lenovo Tenerife fell in a direct duel against MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and lost undefeated in the continental competition.
The duel at the MHP Arena in Luisburgo had the Uruguayan from the start, but both he and his teammates were imprecise with the shots and few ideas on offense. The homeowners, without being much brighter, fed on the outside play and the load on the paint. The Spanish reacted after half a quarter with the triples of Sastre and Rodríguez, but the Germans responded in the same way with Alkins and Baehre. Lenovo Tenerife improved in the final with free practice by Fiti, but a bomb on Justin Simons’ buzzer gave his team the advantage 19-15.
In the second boy, Justin Simons continued to be essential for the yellow team and despite the improvement of the Tenerife with Kyle Wiltjer, those led by John Patrick had good shots from 6.75, which allowed them to get double-digit income. The tenant continued to increase the rent thanks to offensive rebounds, which allowed him to take fouls or go up to the basket with ease. Once again, Wiltjer was the threat of the Canarian team and thanks to his contribution in the final, MHP Riesen went ahead to the dressing room by 43-31.
The second half had another face in the island team, since a quick 4-0 based on steals and runs put the Teutons in trouble. MHP Riesen did not lose his cool and returned to attack the rim, paying good dividends. Salin and Wiltjer hurt from the outside shot, but Simon with the 3s and Baehre in the paint minimized those actions. The aurinegros found in the free ones of Julian Gamble and in a “Fiti” pump the necessary push to continue closing distances and get to a ball. However, a triple by Julian Hulls left the score 58-52.
The last quarter continued to show Wiltjer as the scoring standard of those led by Txus Vidorreta, and for moments well accompanied by our compatriot, although the MHP continued to hurt from the triple with a good collective level. However, and when Lenovo Tenerife was down by ten and had to hit the table, a 6-0 run with two minutes remaining by the German inmates left the Spaniards down by 16 and practically with the sentenced duel. At the end, some pump from Salin and another from Fitipaldo made up the result, being the same 80-69.
In the winner, the figure of Tremmell Darden stood out with 16 points, followed by Jonathan Baehre with 15. At Lenovo Tenerife, Kyle Wiltjer was the top scorer of the match with 24 points.
As for Bruno’s performance, the point guard played 30:04, where he put 10 points, (¼ in doubles, 2/3 in triples and 2/2 in free), 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
With this defeat, Lenovo Tenerife is in second position with a 2-1 record.
The next duel for the eastern team will be a visitor against Obradoiro next Saturday 30 at 3:00 p.m. for a new date of the ACB League.
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