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Ball - Broussard ensures Benfica beat Sporting in the last second (basketball)

Ball – Broussard ensures Benfica beat Sporting in the last second (basketball)

A decisive throw from Aaron Broussard (20 points, 3 scores, 8 behind) 0.5 seconds from the end, in a half-round inside the area and surrounded by opponents, Benfica beat Sporting, in Luz, 79-78, in the match counted in the fourth round of the first set of Betclic League undefeated in eight games. Those from Alvalade still didn’t win at this point.

The Eagles, who reduced the difference in derbies this season to 3-4, always beat the opponent (3) within three weeks, and consolidated their leadership (49 points). pee Which will determine the top four places in the play-off, where, in addition to the Lions (45), there are FC Porto (44) and Oliverense (39). This one has one less game, which will be played on Sunday at the Dragao Arena (6pm).

An exciting victory for the Reds who, after starting poorly in the match, and missing a lot of chances under the basket, ended up holding 17th place (21-38) in the middle of the second quarter with a partial result of 2-19. They are still 12 (64-76) behind with 4.27 minutes in the final period.

But the pressing defense of the two against a full field on the ball carrier, which had already allowed at the end of the previous quarter 8-2 partially (52-61) and from which Sporting did not find an effective solution to destroy it. Even giving up attacking the basket, I was happy to get past the midfield, it paid off.

In this way, the Reds finished the match with an overwhelming sequence of 13-1. Four of those points came from the free throw line. With only 0.5 seconds available, Sporting still tried the winning basket, but Shaker Smith’s throw (12 points, 3 scores, 4 rear) didn’t even touch the table.

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At home, productions Joao Gomez (11 points, 7 accuracy, 5 offensive ones), Ben Ramadan (12 points, 6 accuracy), Wendell Luis (10 points, 11 accuracy) and Ivan Almeida (10 points, 5 accuracy). This with the treble that launched Benfica to a decisive 13-1.

In the Greens and Whites, who remained short of Travant Williams and also did not have Micah Downs (both injured), Joshua Button (19 points, 6 scores) was the top scorer, followed by Antonio Monteiro (14 points, 6 scores) and Smith. Diogo Ventura (6 points, 3 accuracy) scored 9 assists.

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