Sporting defeated Oliviers, 75-61, in a match of the 21st round of the Basketball League, which was held on Saturday evening, in Pavelhao Joao Rocha, in Lisbon.
Despite the 14-point advantage at the end of the match, the truth is that only in the last period did the Lions manage to shoot, taking advantage of several errors in Oliveira de Azemis’ attack.
Louis Magalhães’ men took advantage of the outside bout to extend the score and, in this way, scored another victory allowing them to return to commanding the championship – a position they had lost, on Saturday afternoon, after victories. Porto and Benfica.
Travant Williams (26 points, 4 rebounds) was the man of the match, having been well accompanied by Joshua Button, who managed to double (13 points, 11 rebounds). On the union side, another double-double stands out, in this case, achieved by Shaun Willett (12 points, 14 rebounds).
It should also be noted that Micah Downs was excluded from the match in the first half, when the North American winger, less than a minute before the break, was penalized with two consecutive technical errors, due to excessive protests towards the refereeing team.
With this victory, Sporting remains at the top of the standings, with 36 points, one point more than Porto and Benfica. Olivers, who cut a cycle of three straight wins, remain fourth with 33 points.
In the next round, Sporting will play at home again, against Lusitania (Saturday, at 9 pm), but before that, the Lions travel to Turkey to face Bahcesehir College (Wednesday, at 5 pm), in the second leg. The quarter-finals of the European Cup, where they will try to reverse the defeat (70-73) they suffered in the first leg, in Al-Faladi.
With regard to Oliverense, he will return to competition next Saturday, at 6 pm, with a trip to Pirola do Atlantico, where he will measure his strength with Cap Madeira.
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