Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, CSKA Moscow, AX Armani Alternate Milan, ALBA Berlin and Khimki Moscow Area all understand how arduous it’s to beat LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on the street. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade seemed destined to turn into ASVEL’s eighth sufferer at dwelling till the Serbian aspect pulled off a powerful comeback that got here with a spectacular ending.
ASVEL constructed a 21-point lead late within the first half however watched as Zvezda wrestled away management of the sport within the third quarter after which barely managed to outlive some nightmare free throw taking pictures for an 80-83 victory. Kevin Punter completed off the sport with a dagger three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left for 18 factors whereas Vladimir Stimac scored 21 factors.
Punter known as the win “wonderful” and mentioned: “Give us quite a lot of credit score. We got here again from [21 points down]. We fought and fought and ended up successful in regulation. I am simply proud. It was a much-needed win.”
Stimac added: “We got here out and performed with our hearts and gave our greatest and we received a really troublesome recreation on a really troublesome court docket as a result of this is likely one of the hardest courts in EuroLeague.”
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Zvezda prolonged its successful streak to 4 video games for a 9-9 file and has received 4 of its final 5 street video games. However the Serbian workforce’s followers should have felt their heroes had been making an attempt to offer it away as Zvezda made simply 13-of-25 free throws within the recreation, simply 52.0%, together with simply 1 of seven within the closing 120 seconds, 5 of them with Zvezda forward 73-79.
Punter’s heroics made up for a significant blunder the earlier possession. Zvezda was main 78-80 with 25 seconds left however Punter’s inbounds go was stolen by David Lighty, who then tied the sport with a layup. Punter was capable of redeem himself because the hero and completed with 12 of his 18 factors within the closing 11 minutes of the sport.
Punter and Stimac guiding the workforce to the win may have some Zvezda followers questioning what if, contemplating that each joined the workforce solely up to now couple of weeks. Stimac was taking part in his third recreation after parting methods with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul whereas Punter was carrying the purple and white for simply the second time within the EuroLeague after leaving Olympiacos Piraeus.
Zvezda definitely deserves quite a lot of credit score. Getting back from 21 factors down is troublesome wherever, however the Astroballe has been a nightmare for visiting groups. Nonetheless, Dragan Sakota’s workforce, which is the one workforce that ASVEL has crushed on the street this season, confirmed some robust character in ensuring it wasn’t ASVEL’s subsequent sufferer at dwelling.