On Tuesday night, the Palau Olimpic in Badalona hosted the EuroCup Round 2 game between Joventut and Hamburg Towers.
Coach Duran had a shorter rotation than usual at his disposal for this game, as veterans Pau Ribas, Brandon Paul, Ferran Bassas and youngster Arturs Zagars were unavailable for this clash. The Germans, playing their first season in the EuroCup started the game better, taking an 18-12 lead and it looked like they can take advantage of Badalona’s absences, but the Spanish side slowly started to take control of the game in the second half. In the last quarter, the Germans managed to get back to a 5 point deficit with 4:26 to go after a Justus Hollatz three-pointer. However, this was their last basket in the game as Penya made a 12-0 run to win comfortably in the end.
Guillem Vives had a very interesting stat line. He scored only 2 points in 21 minutes, but he also dished 8 assists, had 4 rebounds and was fouled 9 times, finishing the game with the highest PIR (23). Veteran Ante Tomic had a very effective game as well with 11 points and a PIR of 20, while Vladimir Brodziansky and Andres Feliz led the team in scoring with 16 and 14 points respectively. On the other side, Justus Hollatz and Jaylon Brown each scored 14 points.
Hamburg, coached by Spanish Pedro Calles had a very tough night on the offensive end. While in the first round they scored 97 points against Zeljko Obradovic’s Partizan, yesterday they were clearly struggling, finishing with just 56. Besides the poor shooting, they lacked aggressiveness attacking the basket, as they only shot 4 free throws the entire game. On the other hand, Badalona looks impressive so far in the EuroCup. They beat Trento by 30 in Italy in the first round and yesterday they showed maturity even without some of their veterans. While they are not contenders to win the EuroCup this year, Badalona will be a very uncomfortable team for anyone who will meet them in the elimination rounds.
Next round, Joventut will travel to Belgrade to face title favourites, Partizan, while Hamburg will try to get their first-ever EuroCup win in Andorra.
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