Domestic Leagues Roundup: June 25, 2020

Jun 25, 2020 by Print
Domestic Leagues Roundup: June 25, 2020

Spain: Unicaja, Joventut finish season with wins

Josh Adams knocked down 5 three-pointers and scored 19 points in less than 19 minutes to lead Unicaja to a 78-65 victory over Retabet Bilbao in the teams' final game in Spain's end-of-season tournament. Dario Brizuela added 16 points and Adam Waczynski 10 for Unicaja, which finished third in Group A with a 3-2 record and did not advance to the semifinals. Jonathan Rousselle led Bilbao with 14 points and 7 assists and Ondrej Balvin posted 11 points and 11 rebounds. Unicaja seemed to take control when Adams scored 5 points to trigger a 15-3 run to close the first quarter with a 20-13 lead. Bilbao came back to tie the score at 33-33 and the teams went into halftime with Unicaja nursing a 42-39 edge. Adams connected twice from downtown early in the third quarter and his fifth triple of the game gave Unicaja its first double-digit lead, 57-47. The third quarter finished 61-48 and Bilbao never got closer than 9 the rest of the way.

In the afternoon game, Joventut Badalona finished its season on a high note with a 76-74 victory over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, which had already secured a berth in the semifinals. Kerem Kanter scored 18 and Arturs Zagars and Xabi Lopez Arostegui added 11 points apiece for Joventut, which bowed out of the end-of-season event with a 2-3 record in Group A. Achille Polonara paced Baskonia with 18 points and Zoran Dragic scored 12. Baskonia guard Jayson Granger was helped off the floor with a lower body injury in the third quarter. The game was close and featured six lead changes and 4 ties in the fourth quarter alone. Zagars broke a tie with a layup that made it 75-73 just inside the final minute and Sergi Garcia split free throws with a chance to tie it for Baskonia on the ensuing possession. Baskonia got the ball back but was unable to score and Joventut walked away with the victory.

Iberostar Tenerife handed FC Barcelona its first loss, 86-87, in a thriller. Fran Guerra knocked down a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to win a game that featured seven lead changes and six ties in the fourth quarter. Guerra finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Lahaou Konate scored 18 for Tenerife, which bowed out of the tournament with a 2-3 record. Barcelona, which had already secured a spot in the semifinals, finished the stage with a 4-1 record. Brandon Davies led Barcelona with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Kuric scored 16 points and Leandro Bolmaro 11. Tenerife seemed to have the game locked up when Georgios Bogris's layup made it 69-77 with 5 minutes remaining. Back-to-back threes by Alex Abrines started a 10-0 run that brought Barcelona back in the game. In the final minute, Davies's put-back with 17 seconds left made it 83-82, but Gabriel Lundberg answered with a three-point play for Tenerife. Davies got to the line to hit what appeared to be the game-winning free throws only to see Guerra draw a foul on Tenerife's final possession and win it at the line.