Baskonia fall to Fenerbahce and close their visit to Istanbul with two defeats (75-53)





Vitoria’s 19 losses represent an insurmountable drag on Spahija’s team, who signed the second worst score of the season in the Euroleague.

A helpless Battles of the Basque Country on Thursday added his second consecutive defeat in Istanbul (on Tuesday they fell to Anadolu Efes), this time before him Fenerbahce for 75-53, in a duel in which he could barely compete from the beginning and where he made mistakes from the past.

It was perhaps the worst defeat of the era of Neven Spahija, who was serving one month at the helm of the Baskonista bench, and who for the second time in three days left without playing Vanja Marinkovic in a duel plagued with errors -19 turnovers- to sign the second worst score of the season in the Euroleague.

The Turkish team was not fine either and a few flashes were enough to take the sufficient advantage that they controlled for much of a clash that ended at the end.

Nando De Colo He took the lead with 26 valuation credits in addition to nurturing his teammates with points and a sense of the game.

Steven Enoch He was the most consistent of his team with 14 points without failure and 8 rebounds, but was too marked by turnovers and defensive fragility.

The Turkish team started with much greater tension than the Catalans and, led by Pierrià Henry, marked distances from the start with a partial of 15-2, which made things very difficult for Baskonia to be outmatched in all facets of the game.

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Neven Spahija, reacted with several changes in its starting five, but the Vitorians found no solutions in attack, despite the fact that they were adjusting the defense little by little to tighten the score, 19-14, after being physically overcome by the local inside game.

The Ottoman team stretched the rent again at the beginning of a second round in which Baskonia again fell into disarray and was outmatched by the defense of the squad of Sasa Djordjevic, that with a new partial of 10-1 opened a worrying hole in the electronic, 29-15.

Achille Polonara went into action to pull the offensive car of the locals, who beat the Baskonians through the game of two against two.

The offensive sparks of Steven Enoch and the defensive tension that it printed Arturs Kurucs were not enough and nine consecutive points from the French Nando De Colo they again stretched the distance to rest, 43-28, after a first half full of errors in the Basque ball circulation and with a very comfortable Fenerbahce.

Two triples Jayson Granger Y Arturs Kurucs seemed to activate the team of Neven Spahija after passing through changing rooms, but Achille Polonara made forget the absence of Devin Booker due to physical problems and supported the Turkish squad.

Unforced errors and oversights returned and Baskonia suffered again. He did not manage to finish with a shot several attacks and although he finished the third act with possibilities, 55-43, the sensations were not good.

Fenerbahce was not fine and this gave hope to the Catalans who, however, lacked the necessary continuity to get into the game and the locals took advantage of it to deliver a forceful final blow, 75-53.

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75 – Fenerbahce Beko (19+24+12+20): Henry (6), Mahmutoglu (3), Pierre (4), Booker (8) and Vesely (13) -starting five- Guduric (7), De Colo (17), Polonara (15), Birsen (-) and Hazer (two).

53 – Battles of the Basque Country (14 + 14 + 15 + 10): Lamar Peters (-), Baldwin (5), Fontecchio (5), Sedekerskis (8) and Enoch (x) -starting five-, Granger (8), Costello (5), Nnoko (2), Giedraitis (2) and Kurucs (4).

Referees: Robert Lottermoser (Germany), Piotr Pastusiak (Poland) and Milos Koljensic (Montenegro). Without eliminated.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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