Reserves did the trick for MoraBanc

Oct 10, 2019 by Print
Reserves did the trick for MoraBanc

MoraBanc Andorra head coach Ibon Navarro had to be thrilled with the production of his bench against ratiopharm Ulm. After all, his reserves out-scored MoraBanc's starters by almost double – 64 to 33 – in their 97-78 home win, the team's first of the new 7DAYS EuroCup season

The bench was good for just 22 points a week earlier, as MoraBanc opened the season with an 82-66 loss at AS Monaco, so Navarro changed up his starting five between the games. Round 1 starters Clevin Hannah, Bandja Sy and Moussa Diagne were joined by David Walker and Frantz Massenat, replacing Dejan Todorovic and Jeremy Senglin.

The move definitely worked against Ulm. Todorovic led the team in scoring with 15 points to go with 5 assists. Of his fellow reserves, David Jelinek scored 12 points and Nacho Llovet had 11, while Tyson Perez and Senglin tallied 10 each. Of six double-digits scorers in the victory, only Walker, with 10 points, was a starter.

It was the bench that got MoraBanc in the game, too. The home side had fallen behind 8-17 until the reserves scored the final 13 points of the first quarter, which cut the difference to 21-22. Llovet, who like Jelinek went scoreless against Monaco, was one of the real sparks. He hit the first 5 points of the second quarter as MoraBanc went ahead 28-22. Not until Sy's three-pointer made it 31-24 did a starter finally score again – a stretch of 9:21 minutes.

The reserves, however, had owned an entire 20-7 turnaround swing after which MoraBanc did not trail again. One player after another from the bench kept stepping up, and the reserves carried the MoraBanc to the win, giving Navarro that much more trust in his team depth during a long season ahead.