Lenovo Tenerife caresses the Final Eight of the Champions League

The Canarian team will be classified if Burgos beat Igokea this Thursday. Vidorreta gave Shermadini a break and Cavanaugh (18 points) was the best.


Lenovo Tenerife achieved this Wednesday an important victory against VEF Riga (64-77) in a new day of the second phase of the FIBA Champions League, which practically ensures second place in this competition and its move to the next round waiting to know in which position he will qualify.

In the absence of a day to conclude this second phase and the Hereda San Pablo Burgos-Igokea match that is played this Thursday, the first place is still in the air and the two Spanish teams will dispute it on the last day in a direct confrontation that will be will play for Santiago Martín. A triumph of the Burgos against Igokea would mathematically seal the classification of the aurinegros.

The Lenovo Tenerife fulfilled and with note and that Txus Vidorreta gave rest to the MVP of the last day, Gio Shermadini, an absence that was not noticed in excess due to the excellent work of the two "four" of the team, Tyler Cavanaugh and Aaron Doornekamp , supporting both Guerra and Sulejmanovic at all times.

The Tenerife team dominated the first quarter of the match with some clarity, although against a rival, the VEF Riga very intense and that had in Michale Kyser their best man, the only offensive option for the local team.

Y is that of the thirteen points with which VEF Riga arrived at the end of the first quarter, 11 were scored by Kyser, both in actions of inside play and from outside shots.

Despite everything, Txus Vidorreta's team knew how to keep up with its game. Good defense and success in attack that led him to reach the first break with an advantage of six points (13-19) .

The Latvian team tried to turn the game around with outside shots, but they were not successful. Lenovo Tenerife managed to go a ten-point difference (13-23) but lacked a little more success in attack to make a greater difference on the scoreboard.

And when you don't, the opponent can punish you. And he did it, with a partial 8-2 and again equality on the scoreboard until almost reaching the break (32-37) .

VEF Riga went all out after the break and took advantage of the visiting team's offensive doubts. Little by little he got closer on the scoreboard, reaching a single point (47-48) after a triple by Kulvietis.

The match entered a phase of great equality, but the Latvians never managed to get ahead despite being very close again in this third quarter (49-50, min.28 and 51-53, min.29).

A triple by Huertas (51-56) left the Tenerife team some peace of mind for the final stretch of the game.

Although the score was equal in the first minutes of the fourth quarter, Lenovo Tenerife ended up deciding with six minutes to go. With the score 56-60, two free throws scored by Huertas and a triple by Doornekamp ended up closing the game, but above all, because Riga was stuck and unable to successfully connect an attack play. 56-65 and another triple by the Canadian player who put ten points of difference on the scoreboard (58-68), an advantage that the rival could no longer cut.

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