FC Porto beat Sporting to open play-off semi-finals

Rashard Odomes was the game’s best player, with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

FC Porto beat Sporting 87-68 in the first match of the Portuguese Basketball League semi-finals, a consolidated triumph with many personalities against the national champions who made too many mistakes.

Rashard Odomes was the best player of the game, with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, also supported by solid performances from Jonathan Arledge (15 points), Michael Morrison (14 points, seven rebounds), propelling the “dragons” to championship that has been on the run since the 2015/16 season.

In Lisbon, Travante Williams added 12 points, eight assists and four rebounds, and Shakir Smith ‘jumped’ off the bench for a solid display (11 points), but those numbers were insufficient for a team that had 19 lost balls. , allowed 44 points in the “bottle” and got only 12.

In the rematch of the previous season’s final, the “lions” started better, with Diogo Ventura and Travante Williams in form, the Portuguese added six points and four assists in the first half, while the American with 10 points and three assists took over. efficient offensive spending, illustrated by the 28 points scored in the first period.

On the “home” side, Jonathan Arledge was the most unhappy, with seven points, of an offensive which sought to attack and finish near the basket and which, at the end of the first quarter, lost Brad Tinsley injured in the left knee . .

However, the “dragons” returned to the charge in the following period, pushed by Arledge, Miguel Queiroz and Mike Morrison, and also by the defense which allowed only four points in the first seven minutes, returning to the advantage (30-28) and hold it until the end of the break.

For their part, the “lions” made several mistakes, between losing the ball (11 at rest) and wasting easy finishes, but they ended up starting again at the break with a minimal advantage (38-39), four points behind Joao Fernandes. and a triple from Diogo Araújo consecutively.

On their return from the locker room, Vladyslav Voytso and Charlie Kloof came with “all the tricks of the trade” unlike the “Léonine” offensive which again revealed difficulties and the “Dragons” added a 13-0 partial, returning to the advantage in a comfortable way. (51 -39).

In a stop-and-response sort of way, Sporting responded again and were four points down with João Fernandes, António Monteiro and Shakir Smith coming off the bench for a very positive performance, sharing the attacking and creative load with Travante Williams. , which has shown wear and tear over time.

However, it would be FC Porto who would eventually take the lead, with hat-tricks from Miguel Correia and Francisco Amarante entering the decisive stage with a 12-point advantage (65-53).

In the final stretch, the “dragons” knew how to have the experience and the composure to play with the clock and penalize the granted spaces, taking advantage of the haste of the “lions” who ran after the result and made mistakes Cascade.

Match organized at the Dragão Caixa pavilion, in Porto.

FC Porto – Sporting: 87-68.

At halftime: 38-39.

Under the arbitration of the duo Luís Lopes, Pedro Rodrigues and Pedro Maia, the teams lined up:

FC Porto (87): Rashard Odomes (16), Brad Tinsley, Jonathan Arledge (15), Michael Morrison (14) and Charlon Kloof (11). Also playing: João Torrié, Miguel Queiroz (08), Vladyslav Voytso (07), Francisco Amarante (10), João Maia Tiago Almeida and Miguel Correia (06).

Coach: Moncho Lopez.

Sporting (68): Travante Williams (12), Justin Tuoyo (07), Seydougou Fofana, Diogo Ventura (06) and João Fernandes (09). Also playing: Diogo Araújo (11), Miguel Cardoso (08), Daniel Relvão (01), António Monteiro (03), Shakir Smith (11), Joshua Patton and Daniel Machado.

Coach: Luis Magalhaes.

Step Marker: 22-28 (10); 38-39 (range); 65-53 (30); 87-68 (end).

Attendance: approximately 1,000 spectators.

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