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Sito Alonso stunned the rookie Xavi Albert and with a zone protection for a lot of minutes he achieved victory in La Fonteta. UCAM Murcia now has a novel alternative to succeed in the ACB semi-finals for the primary time in its historical past. A victory on Wednesday on their courtroom would definitively knock down Valencia Basket. The oldest followers within the stands had a deja vu and remembered what occurred 20 years in the past, in 2004, when Sergio Scariolo did one thing related at Fonteta. After two minutes of play he put Unicaja within the zone and took the fifth sport of that quarterfinal tie.

Albert didn’t anticipate such an method, however Sito Alonso knew that his rival doesn’t have an abundance of shooters and with this zone protection he introduced out this lack and, on the similar time, protected his weakened inside sport. Valencia, with Chris Jones injured with an ankle, a really intense protection and plenty of failures in free throws, ended up surrendering to the brilliance as a strategist of the college group's coach.

Radebaugh, with the fashion of a spiteful man, went after the taronja hoop and scored 13 factors within the second quarter. Valencia acquired 48 factors earlier than the break. Murcia exploited its most restricted assets a lot better and even loved superb minutes from Fabián Flores, a 2.11m tall and 19-year-old. Valencia nonetheless managed to get hooked (72-75 with 5m40s left), however Kurucs emerged to attain two triples that have been a blow for the locals.

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