In the answer, triple also for João Betinho Gomes. 28-41.
Sporting returns to the points, through a triple by Diogo Ventura. 28-38.
The bad Leo moment continues – he hasn’t scored for more than five minutes. They are taking advantage of the eagles who have already achieved the biggest advantage in the entire match (13 points). With just over a minute to go, Sporting 25 Benfica 38.
As expected after a 0-9 defeat, Luís Magalhães, Sporting’s coach, requests a time-out.
The eagles continue in an upward curve and, this time, it was a triple of Frank Gaines to confirm the return from Benfica to the game. 25-29.
A 6-0 partial allows Benfica to return to the leadership of the match. 25-26.
Aaron Broussard breaks the eagles’ bad period and converts from two. 25-22.
In the first three minutes of the second quarter, Benfica has already committed four turnovers and remains without points. Sporting, on the other hand, has greatly increased its defensive and offensive indices and already has a five-point lead. 25-20.
Dissatisfied with the performance of his players at the start of the second period (Benfica still haven’t scored), Norberto Alves, the Reds’ coach, requests a time-out.
Another Benfica ball loss in the attack and Tanner Omlid, on the counterattack, sinks again. 23-20.
Tanner Omlid, with a spectacular dunk, returns Sporting to the lead. 21-20.
The scoreboard is open in the second quarter: João Fernandes, from the free-throw line, missed the first and made the second. 19-20.
Benfica made a turnover again, at the beginning of the second period, but, in response, Miguel Maria, from three, cannot put Sporting in front of the marker.
End of the first period: Sporting 18 Benfica 20.
Triple also for Miguel Maria, in the last attack of the first period. 18-20.
Excellent triple from Micah Downs to reduce Sporting’s disadvantage. 15-20.
An unsportsmanlike foul on Tanner Omlid.
Both teams have committed some attacking failures in the last moments. About two and a half minutes before the end of the first period, Sporting 11 Benfica 15.
Benfica takes advantage of its best phase in this first period to reach a lead of 6 points. 9-15.
Very balanced game in these first three minutes: Sporting 7 Benfica 6.
Start of the match!
Before the start of the match, there was a minute’s silence in memory of the late Rui Pinheiro, who died this Sunday, and who was Sporting’s basketball player between 1974 and 1982, a period in which he won four National Championships, four Portuguese Cups and three Lisbon Championships.
Sports: Miguel Maria, Shakir Smith, Justin Tuoyo, Diogo Ventura, António Monteiro, Tanner Omlid, João Fernandes, Daniel Relvão, Diogo Araújo, Joshua Patton, Micah Downs and Daniel Machado
Coach: Luís Magalhães
Benfica: Frank Gaines, Aaron Broussard, Travis Munnings, José Silva, José Barbosa, Ben Romdhane, Diogo Gameiro, João Betinho Gomes, Tomás Barroso, Arnette Hallman, Wendell Lewis and Ivan Almeida
Coach: Norberto Alves
Referees: Paulo Marques, Pedro Maia and Vicente Jardim
There are already teams!
It is about a reunion between lions and eagles, as both sets measured forces very recently, on March 23rd. On that day came the aforementioned victory for Benfica (89-73), in a match on the 16th round of the regular phase, held at Pavilhão João Rocha, in Alvalade. It was, it can be said, the end of the malapata of the reds against the eternal rival, since the green and white emblem had won the last 10 (!) matches. It should be noted, as a curiosity, that before this overwhelming series of Sporting derbies, Benfica had won the last duel on November 2, 2019.
In the regular phase, it is recalled, Benfica managed to secure 1st place, with 41 points, as many as Sporting, which was in 2nd place, but with the Reds benefiting from the advantage in the direct confrontation (defeat by 63 -74 in the first round, in Luz, and a 89-73 victory in the second round, in Alvalade). FC Porto finished in 3rd place, with 39 points, while Oliveirense was in 4th place, with 35 points.
Lions and eagles are in Group A of this 2nd phase, together with FC Porto and UD Oliveirense, teams that will also face each other this afternoon (5 pm), at Dragão Arena, in Porto.
The João Rocha Pavilion, in Lisbon, hosts this Sunday (3 pm), another great derby of Portuguese basketball. Sporting and Benfica face each other at the start of the 2nd phase of the national championship. BOLA online will follow all the incidents of the match. Don’t miss…