Parra and Birgander make Joventut the leader

Joel Parra boosted, with his 23 points, the victory of Joventut Badalona This Wednesday at the Palau Olímpic against the Slovenian Cedevita Olimpia Ljubljana (96-91), that with this result caught the French Mincidelice Bourg-en-Bresse (8-4) in the leadership of group A of the Eurocup.


96- Joventut Badalona (19+29+22+26): Feliz (9), Vives (15), Parra (23), Ellenson (6), Tomic (11) -starting team-, Busquets (-), Guy (14), Okeke (-), Ventura (-), Allen (-), Rodríguez (-) and Birgander (18).

91- Cedevita Olimpia Ljubljana (21+23+22+26): Ferrell (25), Radovic (12), Muric (13), Adams (15), Omic (11) -initial team-, Rebec (-), Jeremic (3), Alibegovic (10), Mulalic (-) and Gnjidic (2).

Referees: Anne Panther (ALE), Seffi Shemmesh (ISR) and Kristaps Konstantinovs (LET). No deleted.

Incidents: match of the twelfth day of the Eurocup played at the Palau Olímpic in Badalona in front of 2,726 spectators.

In a duel with minimal advantages and alternations on the scoreboard, the contribution of Guillem Vives (15 points), Simon Birgander (18), Kyle Guy (14), Ante Tomic (11) and Andrés Feliz (9 and 6 assists) He was decisive in counteracting the scoring talent of the rival point guard, Yogi Ferrel (25).

Listless on both sides of the track, Joventut entered the match in tow (3-12, min.4), but he reacted after Duran’s first timeout (12-12, min.6). Equality prevailed until the end of the first quarter (19-21), led by the green and black attack with 9 points from Guillem Vives and another 6 from Joel Parra.

A triple by Kyle Guy gave the ‘Penya’ the first lead of the match (25-23, min.12), who dominated the second quarter with minimal gains (48-44, rest).

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Under the direction of Vives and Andrés Feliz, Joventut exploited the size of Simon Birgander and above all the confidence of an inspired Parra (9 points in the fourth, 15 at halftime). Edo Muric (9) was the top scorer in the first half in the choir staged by Cedevita Olimpia Ljubljana.

The Slovenian team toughened up the game after the intermission (54-55, min.23), but Duran’s men responded with the same coin and regained control thanks to the offensive trio formed by Tomic, Parra and Guy (66-57, min.27).

However, Cedevita Olimpia Ljubljana did not give up they ended the third quarter with a basket by Josh Adams at the buzzer (70-65) that left the game open for the final round.

The last quarter was a roller coaster. Guy made Joventut take off (76-67, min.31), but the inspiration of Yogi Ferrel and Adams reversed the script (79-85, min.35). With the change of chip in defense and the return of Tomic, the ‘Penya’ stopped the bleeding and flowed again in attack to take the victory (96-91).

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