DKV Joventut Badalona displayed a great offensive game to enjoy a 97-83 win over Power Electornics Valencia in the opening game of Group A in Ciutat de L'Hospitalet tournament on Monday afternoon in L'Hospitalet, Spain. Joventut takes a 1-0 record in the group, and will complete its games tomorrow against KK Split. Power VLC will take on Split in the opening game of Day 2 in hope to remain in the race for the first spot, and reach the semi-finals. The winner of the tournament will join Zalgiris Kaunas and two more teams in the Nike International Junior Tournament to be held during the 2010 Euroleague Final Four in Paris, France. L'Hospitalent is the second of four qualifying tournaments to decide four of the teams in the NIJT. Joventut showed great offensive talent from the start and dominated the game from the first till the last quarter, holding a 52-41 lead at the break, and maintaining the lead in the second half. Albert Ventura scored 25 points in 25 minutes for the winners. Alejandro Suarez added 20 points in 72% from the field in less than 22 minutes while Alejandro Barrera added 12. Antonio Tirado scored 20 for Power VLC while Francisco Gomez had 14.
Suarez reached 9 points already after 5 minutes as his team climbed to a 17-8 lead. The team from Valencia collected points from the arc, but Ventura and Barrera pushed the gap to the teens, 32-20 early in the second quarter. Another three ball by Ventura and later a 7-0 run left very small room for riddles, as Joventut climbed to a 50-32 score deep in the first half, before Power VLC scored 9 points in a row, to stay in reasonable distance. Tirado collected points around the rim, and with 15 minutes to play the scoreboard showed just an 8 point game, 60-52, and before the third quarter buzzer made a sound a three pointer by Alvaro Gutierrez cut it down to only 5, but that was as close as it got. Suarez stepped up with a bucket and a bonus from the line, followed by a points by Barrera and a Ventura dunk to write a 9-1 run and open another big gap, 83-69 with 7 minutes to play. Despite the time was still on its side, Electronics VLC didn't find the way back to the game once more, as the 14 point margin was still present at the final buzzer.
Monday, January 4, 2010