Everything is possible! With a defeat of only three points (70-73) against the solid Bahcesehir College, in a match counting for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the European Cup, Sporting left the passage to the semi-finals completely open for the second. confrontation against the Turks, scheduled for March 16.
Travante Williams (25 pts, 9 res, 3 ass) still held back many spectators who applauded the stands of Pavilhão João Rocha when, with 2s on the clock, he attempted the hat-trick which would extend the match, but the ball went ended up hitting the bottom of the hoop and jumped to the side at the final whistle.
The American winger / base was the great figure of the lions, who with 3.20m from the end seemed to have lost everything irreparably against the disadvantage of 16 (57-73), after a new entry for the basket of Jamar Smith (12 pts , 3 res , 7 years).
The gap on the scoreboard had widened in one of the team’s worst moments in the match, during which, in addition to failing to successive shots from far and near the basket, the group s collapsed in terms of defensive efficiency in defensive rallies, suffering a 2-13 (57-73) split in almost 5 minutes.
However, one thing is certain: they have not given up. They pressured the ball-carrier and mixed up an opponent who was already overconfident that he would win multi-man. Travante scored 9 points, including two 3-pointers, in a sensational 13-0 split – Joshua Patton (11 pts, 8 res) signed the other 2 – which made you dream that overtime and even victory were possible . It wasn’t, but everything was exposed.
At Sporting, we also highlight the actions of Justin Tuoyo (9 pts, 6 res), Tanner Omlid (9 pts, 5 res) and Shakir Smith (7).
On the side of Bahcesehir College, the ex-NBA Sam Dekker (18 pts, 7 res, 2 ass) showed that he is a player of another level. Erkan Yilmaz (11) and post Oguz Savas (8) helped the Turks in the 2nd half, on some occasions trailing by 8/7 points until in the 4th period they opened the gap to 16.