Harper and Rivero knock out Joventut de Vives in extra time

The day that Rafa Martínez went down in the history of Valencia Basket, a new idol was born in La Fonteta. The American Jared Harper grabbed the game by the lapels in extra time and won the duel in the sun against an old acquaintance: Guillem Vives. Harper signed a sheet of 24 points and two assists in just 17 minutes of play. A three-pointer from him, when Valencia gaped at Vives’ enormous success, with 35 seconds to go, was key to making it 2-0 in the Taronja standings. But that victory would not have been possible without Jasiel Rivero. The Cuban was a warrior under the hoops and in the decisive stretch he also contributed key points and rebounds. In the end, he had 17 points, 11 rebounds and a PIR of 30.

Joventut, for its part, showed what it is being this season. With brilliant moments in attack and other moments in which he left the game. Guy is a sharpshooter (27 points and 6 of 8 in triples) and Vives is the engine of this Penya: 15 points (8 in extra time) and 11 assists. He was only about to knock down this new Valencia Basket that, as soon as Mumbrú puts the pieces together, looks very good. The details prevented him from winning, first in the 40 minutes and then in the extension itself.

There was a desire to see the new Valencia de Mumbrú at La Fonteta. A Valencia to which he adds much more physicality in defense and more activity in attack to what he already had. But there is something that does not change: Valencia is always a choral team. A fact that demonstrates this circumstance is that up to nine players had noticed in the first quarter. Quite the opposite of Penya. Kyle Guy, 18 points before the break, the rest, 19.


101 – Valencia Basketball (23+20+24+20+14): Jones (16), Prepelic (3), Claver (3), Pradilla (5), Dubljevic (8) -five starters- Harper (24),
Puerto (7), López-Arostegui (8), Van Rossom (5), Radebaugh (5), Alexander (-) and Rivero (17).

97 – Joventut (18+19+24+26+10): Vives (15), Guy (27), Kraag (-), Ellenson (9), Tomic (15) -five starters- Busquets (9), Ribas (6), Feliz (2), Birgander (8), Parra (6) and Maronka (-).

referees: Pérez Pizarro, Sánchez and Sánchez Benito. They eliminated the visitor Tomic (m.40).

Incidents: match corresponding to the second day of the regular phase of the Endesa League played in the Fuente de San Luis pavilion before 7,963 spectators.

Valencia forged its first advantages in Harper’s success. That and in the second options. 10 offensive rebounds in the first half that “were worth 13 taronjas points”, lamented Carles Durán at the break. Joventut, meanwhile, was going to jerks. When Kyle Guy scored and Vives assisted, things worked. A run of 0-11 gave him a four-point lead for the first time (33-37, min.16). However, Van Rossom led a 10-0 run that put things back on track.

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Valencia Basket increased its defensive aggressiveness by one point after going through the locker room, with Radebaugh and Puerto drowning out the dark-green passing lanes. A three-pointer by López-Arostegui gave Valencia the maximum in the whole game (64-49, min. 28). He was close to breaking the game but Busquets appeared there with three triples that were answered by two by Harper and another by López-Arostegui. The American point guard, making his debut in the Endesa League, dominated the tempus of the match. But at that moment, he left the court and La Penya, with a former like Ribas, began to come back based on triples. The verdinegro success began to collapse Valencia and the sniper Guy put Penya ahead after a long time (83-85, min. 38). A basket by Vives made it 83-87, with 1:27 to go and a Valencia totally out of ideas. Rivero scored a free kick and another more offensive rebound gave Rivero a chance to get within a point with 50 seconds remaining. Joventut did not score and Valencia had the ball to win. After a mistake by Rivero under the rim, the referees called Dubljevic for a foul on the rebound, with only 6 tenths to play. The Montenegrin’s pulse trembled and he only scored one. Extension.

Overtime was a pim-pam-pum between Vives and Harper. Eight points from the former Valencia player put Mumbrú’s men on the ropes. But in La Fonteta there is a new player. Harper took responsibility and hit a key triple, with 35 seconds to go that made it 99-97. Guy lost the ball in a strange way and Vives fouled Jones that ended the duel.

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