Benfica qualified for the semi-finals of the Betclic League Championship, beating Póvoa 67-84 (14-19, 20-14, 17-28, 16-23), in Game 2 of the quarter-finals. final, the better. -th-third this season. In the first match, held on Thursday and which marked the start of the final round of qualifying, the Eagles had won, in Luz, by 77-59.
The team led by Norberto Alves will now have to wait for the results of the Oliveirense-CAB Madeira line-up, which will have to go black after the Madeirans, also this afternoon, equalized 1-1 in a win over Game 2 and. 82 -72. The same result as Game 1. Game 3 will be Tuesday, Oliveira de Azeméis.
Always looking for a fast-paced game to keep the opponent without being too deep in the side to play at the same level in the transition, Benfica still suffered offensive 1st period problems due to pressure from the home team and the support of defenders. The ball went into the area as the three-point shot (4/13 at the break) did not help.
And while Póvoa was breathless, it continued to fight and eagerly made the series back to Lisbon. One of the highest moments of such expectations is the last 2.42 minutes of the 2nd quarter, where, led by Delaney Blaylock (25 pts, 6 res), during that period he signed 10 points out of 20 teams, the hosts returned. command before going to the locker room thanks to the pleasing part of 11-2 (34-33).
Everything was clear and the crowded stands at the Póvoa Sports Club Pavilion were packed. Not for long because, on the way back, the Reds not only maintained their speed in the offensive transition, but also added pressure to the ball and passing lines. In a way that they completely dominated the 3rd quarter (17-28), opening the first gap on the result board and section 3-15 (44-55) which, for the first time, added more than a dozen differences.
Póvoa’s departure for the first time in the knockout stages, a milestone in the history of the Proliga club, took place in the last period where, shortly after being reduced to 6 (62-68), he was unarmed and physically unable to cope. and section 3-16 (65-84) where Benfica’s cheerfulness and clarity in ball rotation and resistance attacks appeared.
João Gomes (18 points, 9th res), Travis Munnings (16 pts and 10 turns, they made three more in the 2nd period. They still got the best in the table fight (33-38) and ended up with 20 satisfying passes.
In addition to Blaylock, in the formation of Póvoa de Varzim, the production of Diego Kapelan (18 pts, 3 res) and Nakye Sanders (10 pts, 9 res) should be considered. While Benfica’s bench contributed 26 points, Póvoa only helped with 14.