Valencia Basket crashes in Belgrade

Valencia Basket crashes in Belgrade

Those of Mumbrú begin to say goodbye to the ‘playoffs’ with their sixth defeat in the last seven games


Valencia Basket yielded (92-73) this Wednesday in their visit to the Red Star on matchday 31 of the Euroleague, a step far behind in the complicated search for the ‘Top 8’, which is moving away for the Spanish team despite the fact that there are three days left to close.

The ‘taronja’ box was overcome by the good inside game of the locals and did not have the success of the Serbs either. The Red Star managed the rhythm of the match and gave no option to a Valencia that remains at 14-17, two wins from the ‘playoffs’ zone and with the day still to end.

Despite being out of action this European season, Dusko Ivanovic’s team went ahead at halftime (46-41) with that effective game in the paint and with Hassan Martin as the most valued. Facundo Campazzo was the handle that led the match, despite his losses in the first half.

The Argentine signed 15 points and 7 assists to extend the recent good taste of the Serbian fan at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall and helped the decision in a last quarter without a ‘taronja’ fight (23-11). The visiting defense couldn’t hold on, lost the rebound and couldn’t close on the outside either, accusing the loss of Kyle Alexander.

With the sixth defeat in seven games, Valencia is beginning to be aware that the crosses for the ‘Final Four’ are far away. Mumbrú’s team did not have its day, with little from Harper and Jones, with López-Arostegui and a breakthrough from Radebaugh, outstanding starters. Valencia needed a step forward that did not come

However, Ivanovic’s artillery, Petrusev went to 20 points, did not stop working almost at will, in a game without a clear rhythm that did not allow the Spanish team to feel comfortable. Valencia had neither points nor defense to cling to the ‘playoffs’, a bad image that tastes like a farewell.


–RESULT: RED STAR, 92 – VALENCIA BASKET, 73. (46-41, at halftime).


RED STAR: Campazzo (15), Vildoza (9), Lazarevic (-), Petrusev (20) and Martin (7) –starting five– Mitrovic (6), Bentil (10), Markovic (-), Ivanovic ( 3), Holland (6), Dobric (16).

VALENCIA BASKET: Jones (12), Evans (-), Radebaugh (14), Puerto (2), Web III (3) and Dubljevic (5) –starting five–; Harper (12), Claver (10), López-Arostegui (10), Pradilla (2), Hermannsson (-), Rivero (3).

–PARTIALS: 20-21, 26-20, 23-21, 23-11.

–REFEREES: Difallah, Pastusiak and Shemmesh. No deleted.

–HALL: Aleksandar Nikolic Hall.


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