BOLA – Benfica win Póvoa at the start of the ‘play-off’ (Basketball)

At the meeting that marked the start of the playoffs of the 2021/2022 Betclic League, Benfica defeated Póvoa by 77-59 (19-22, 17-14, 24-10, 17-13), at the Pavilhão Fidelidade, in Lisbon, and took the series lead ( 1- 0) to the best of three, whose match 2 is scheduled for Saturday, in Póvoa de Varzim.

Without ever having led in the 1st half (36-36) due to the aggressiveness and conviction of the northerners, in particular Diogo Kapelan (21), who despite the disadvantage of technical and physical quality tried to fight apart equal, the eagles have completely changed direction. of the match at the start of the 3rd quarter.

First, taking advantage of the power of Wendell Lewis (8 pts, 7 res) near the tables, then, with more speed and defensive pressure, they built a 12-0 partial (58-41) which gave them allowed to reach, for the first time, the biggest gap (17) throughout the meeting.

In the last period, Póvoa still reduced the gap to 7 (64-57), but that’s it. The hosts killed the wait with another 8-0 (72-57) split in around 3 minutes and at a time when the game, with too many stoppages and complaints, had lost quality and interest.

This match also marked the return to competition of Dennis Clifford (6 pts, 6 res), who entered the field with 4.40 m elapsed and was used 12 minutes. The red position had not played, due to injury, since the Hugo dos Santos Cup final on January 23.

João Gomes (19 pts, 4 res) and Aaron Broussard (16) were Benfica’s best, while on the other hand, in addition to Kapelan, Diogo Gomes (10 pts, 5 ps) and Nakye Sanders (9 pts, 5 res).

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