Basketball won in Oliveira de Azeméis
In the big game of the tenth round of the League’s regular phase, Sporting Clube de Portugal’s basketball team was home to UD Oliveirense to win by 67-78 (23-14, 6-22, 24-21 and 14-21). Thus, the National Champions managed to triumph in a field that was always complicated before the European clash against Polish Trefl Sopot.
It was UD Oliveirense to enter better and dominate the first quarter. The northerners quickly gained an eight-point lead (12-4) which would later increase to 11 (23-12). A Tanner Omlid slump reduced the gap to 23-14 at the end of the opening ten minutes.
Everything changed radically to the second bedroom. Sporting CP appeared very different and much more competent defensively. Travante Williams approached the emblem of Alvalade in the first minutes and Micah Downs, with two consecutive triple shots, placed Luís Magalhães’s team in front of the scoreboard (23-24).
João Fernandes started the game very well and managed a triple throw and a 2+1 play that put Sporting CP to win by 26-36. A Derrick Colter triple on the horn gave UD Oliveirense the 29-36 at half-time, but the visitors’ defensive performance was impressive in the second quarter: in ten minutes, the home team converted just two field shots.
However, a UD Oliveirense came back strong in the third quarter, not letting Sporting CP run away from the marker. Despite several triples by Micah Downs and important plays by Travante Williams, the difference at the start of the last period was just four points (53-57).
But, as had already happened in the second quarter, Sporting CP reacted with great category. Travante Williams – Leonino’s top scorer with 24 points – came when the team was better and hit triples and plays of 2 + 1, with António Monteiro also having a hot hand from the three-point line. It was with great superiority and naturalness that Sporting CP came to the end, winning by 67-78.
Sporting CP returns to play this Wednesday, visiting the Poles from Trefl Sopot for the FIBA Europe Cup.
Sporting CP: Travante Williams (24), Miguel Maria Cardoso (3), Diogo Ventura [C] (5), António Monteiro (9), Tanner Omlid (4), João Fernandes (9), Daniel Relvão (2), Joshua Martin, Joshua Patton (4), Micah Downs (18) and Daniel Machado.