87-81: Bilbao beat ‘Fuenla’ and avoids conviction

A heroic victory, after a very close, exciting and fought match, has lengthened the life of a RETAbet Bilbao
Basket who still dreams of permanence after surpassing the Urbas
Fuenlabrada by 87-82 in Miribilla.

After this triumph, the Bilbao
Basket he needs to win at least two games out of the three that remain against Hereda Saint
Paul Burgos, Real Madrid Y Joventut of Badalona. And it would be all three if Estudiantes, the only team they can reach, won the match that they also lack against him. Saint
Paul Burgos.

It was an agonizing triumph for Alex’s Mumbrú, for which a triple of John was key Jenkins 29 seconds from the end that put the 84-80 on the scoreboard and two free throws from Jaylon
Brown 13 seconds from the horn which meant the 86-82 that would extend to the final result another free throw of Regimantas

The two American escorts, Jenkins (19 points) and Brown (17 and 18 PIR), they were the best players on their team in a second half in which ‘the men in black’ saw them and wished them to beat a Fuenlabrada who left everything he had to win.

The one with the most pivot Kyle Alexander, who completed a superb game on both sides of the field (22 points, 15 rebounds and a PIR of 36). Kwan helped him Cheatham (12) and his valuable triples, Christian Eyenga (14 and 15) and Slovenian guard Ziga Samar (10 and 15)

Arnoldas Kulboka in the first half and sometime in the second (19, 6 and 21) and Ondrej Balvin (6, 9 and 2 blocks), both recently overcome the covid, helped what they could to a local team that still needs a miracle.

It started better the ‘Fuenla‘, which was ahead 2-7 and 6-11 launched by the young Slovenian Samar. Answered Kulboka with 12 points of the first 15 points of his team and a partial of 11-10 to reach a 15-12 that reassured the locals.

The Madrid team tied now led by another Balkan base, the Serbian Novak (17-17, 19-19), but a 7-1 with Reyes as protagonist gave an interesting advantage to those in black at the end of the first quarter (26-20).

Quick wiped the handicap a Fuenlabrada with few troops, only ten, but more fluid than a Bilbao Basket to the limit (28-26).

They tried those of Mumbrú regain control with the appearance of the new signing Leo
Toté (36-31), but the clash was already very even until the break (44-42) and even with the visitors traced the score (36-37).

Great first half of Kulboka, with 17 points without failure and 22 valuation.

The sensations in the third quarter pointed more to a triumph of a much more comfortable Fuenlabrada and with Alexander Y Cheatham massacring the local hoop.

The Bilbao
Basket, very fighter but very uncontrolled, he was not even able to take advantage of two consecutive triples by Jenkins, the second after robbery, which stopped the visitor’s escape attempt (55-59). He followed his own Fuenla, but the locals found Miniots to minimize damage for the last and decisive quarter (63-66).

A 7-0 at the start led to a match towards the local side, from then on tachycardic for the locals in their fight to keep alive the miracle of permanence that they made possible, especially the triple of Jenkins and the final free shots of Brown.

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Summary of RETAbet Bilbao Basket - Urbas Fuenlabrada (87 - 82)

Data sheet

87 – RETAbet Bilbao Basket (26 + 18 + 19 + 24): Athinaiou (2), Jenkins (19), Zyskowski (3), Kulboka (19) and Balvin (6) -starting five-; Hakanson (4), Brown (17), Alex Reyes (5), Miniotas (6), Toté (6), Dos Anjos and Kljajic.

82 – Urbas Fuenlabrada (20 + 22 + 24 + 16): Samar (10), Leo Meindl (8), Eyenga (14), Alexander (22) and Sharma (4) -five starters-; Trimble (5), Novak (5), Chema González, Diallo (2) and Cheatham (12).

Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Luis Miguel Castillo and Vicente Martínez. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Postponed match of matchday 32 of the Endesa League played at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla without an audience due to health restrictions due to the covid pandemic.

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