THE BALL – Sporting in the semi-final against FC Porto (Basketball)

Sporting qualified for the semi-finals of the Betclic League play-off by traveling to Angra do Heroísmo to beat Lusitânia 78-90 (13-23, 27-29, 22-16, 16-22) in the game 2 from the first round. In match 1, held in Alvalade, Lisbon won by 82-66.

While this season’s quarter-finals were played best of three, instead of the usual five games, the domestic champions will now fight for a place in the final against FC Porto, who didn’t have too much trouble today to inflict the second defeat. on Immortal (83-63). The first game of the semi-final is scheduled for May 22. The day before, Benfica, also already qualified, receives the seller of the Oliveirense-CAB Madeira series, which makes 1-1.

Having ceded the lead only once (3-2) and after managing to build a 15 (20-35) lead in the 2nd quarter, the team recorded 9/19 in hat-tricks at half-time (40-52), including four signed by Travante Williams (23 pts, 6 res), at the start of the 2nd half, the greens and whites were surprised by the defensive aggressiveness of the local team, determined to force the opponent to Game 3.

Alexander Thompson (12 pts, 4 res), Jacob Gibson (16), Devon Gooddman (16 pts, 4 res, 10 ass) and Amenhotep Abif (13 pts, 5 res) then gave up and imposed a two against one defense provoked some sales figures to the continentals and several bad launch options, which with 2.07m remaining in the period left the teams separated by only 1 point (60-61).

It seemed that the surprise could happen. But no. Sporting closed the fourth with a partial score of 7-2 (68-62) and, although they continue to accumulate errors and rely on more individual basketball, in the last quarter they have at most allowed the difference to fall to 5 points (70 -65).

3 minutes from the end, Thompson reduced the gap to 6 (82-76), but in response António Monteiro (18 pts, 10 res) calmed things down a bit with a three-point shot (85-765) . Monteiro and Travante would end up scoring the visitors’ last 6 points.

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