Tobey, Puerto lead Valencia to epic win
Valencia Basket overcame injuries and absences to rally past Promitheas Patras 68-71 at Dimitris Tofalos Arena on Wednesday. Valencia improved to 7-3 in Group A while Promitheas lost its fourth in a row and dropped to 2-7. Mike Tobey led the winners with a EuroCup career-high 22 points. Neno Dimitrijevic added 10 for Valencia. Dimitris Agravanis paced Promitheas with 22 points, Kendrick Ray added 15 and Trevis Simpson had 13 in his debut for the hosts. Promitheas led 68-61 lead with over 3 minutes left but Josep Puerto and Tobey combined for all the points in a 0-10 final run that won it.
Jerai Grant got Promitheas going with a tip-in that Sam Van Rossom bettered with a bomb from downtown. Tobey added a turnaround jumper for a 2-5 Valencia lead. Dimitris Agravanis hit a jump hook and Ray scored in penetration to give the hosts a 6-5 edge. Tobey and Dimitrijevic buried consecutive jumpers, but Agravanis scored in the low post and Simpson buried a mid-range shot for a 10-9 score. Martin Hermansson nailed a jumper off the dribble and Dimitrijevic gave Valencia a 10-13 lead. Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos stepped up with a backdoor layup and Simpson ignited the crowd with a dunk, but Millan Jimenez gave Valencia a 14-15 lead after 10 minutes.
Jimenez and a red-hot Simpson traded three-pointers early in the second quarter. Dimitrijevic followed a driving layup with a floater for a 17-22 Valencia cusion. Ray and Agravanis answered with back-to-back layups, but Tobey took over with a three-point play and a power layup and Puerto followed that with a fastbreak basket to boost the guests' lead to 23-29. Grant stepped up with an alley-oop slam, Ray buried a mid-range shot and Agravanis fired in a triple but Louis Labeyrie and Hermannsson kept Valencia in charge, 30-36. Mihajlo Andric banked in a floater and Ray buried a step-back triple to fix the halftime score at 34-35.
Labeyrie buried a triple right after the break and Dimitrijevic added a driving basket, but Ray singlehandedly kept Promitheas close at 40-41. Abdul Gaddy followed a driving layup with a jumper, igniting a 9-0 run highlighted by Grant's dunk which Agravanis capped with a three-point play to give Promitheas a 49-43 lead. Tobey rescued Valencia with an alley-oop slam, but Agravanis scored again and Dario Hunt added a three-point play to boost the lead to 54-45. Tobey kept pushing the visitors and got help from Hermannsson and Jimenez to give Valencia hope, 57-52, after 30 minutes.
Van Rossom buried a six-meter jumper early in the fourth quarter and Labeyrie dunked to make it a one-point game. Simpson downed a three-pointer, but Van Rossom answered from downtown and fed Tobey for an alley-oop dunk that completed Valencia's comeback, 60-61, with 6 minutes left. Agravanis stepped up for the hosts and Simpson sank a corner triple, giving Promitheas fresh air at 65-61. Puerto swished a three-pointer and Tobey followed a put-back dunk with a backdoor layup that tied it, 68-68, with 1:31 to go. Puerto split free throws and drew a foul again with 19.6 seconds remaining. He made both attempts and Ray missed from downtown at the buzzer.
Tobey has career-best night against Promitheas
Valencia Basket grabbed its fourth consecutive victory in Group A by downing Promitheas Patras 68-71 on the road. Center Mike Tobey was its pillar, leading Valencia to a big win with a career-high 22 points on 10-of-13 two-point shooting. He added 9 rebounds and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 25, also a personal-best in the competition. Valencia was without six main players, including big men Jaime Pradilla, Bojan Dubljevic and Jasiel Rivero. Louis Labeyrie fouled out and Promitheas led 68-61 but Tobey scored twice in a 0-10 run that allowed Valencia to rally past its opponents and get another victory.
Simpson has stunning EuroCup debut
Even though Promitheas Patras fell 68-71 against Valencia Basket in Regular Season Round 10, there was good news from EuroCup newcomer Trevis Simpson. In his competition debut, Simpson came off the bench and had 13 points on 2-of-3 two-point shooting and 3-of-5 on three-pointers, helping Promitheas to get the lead in the second half. Power forward Dimitris Agravanis matched his EuroCup career-high with 22 points, but a late 0-10 run allowed Valencia to rally past Promitheas and hand the Greek powerhouse its fourth consecutive loss in Group A.
Short-handed Valencia does it again
Valencia Basket started its Round 10 showdown against Promitheas Patras with a short-handed lineup. Valencia was without six regular members of its first-team roster - Victor Claver, Klemen Prepelic, Jaime Pradilla, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui, Bojan Dubljevic and Jasiel Rivero - but managed to beat Promitheas in Patras, 68-71. Valencia already got a road victory in a similar situation, downing Virtus Segafredo Bologna 96-97 without Claver, Mike Tobey, Neno Dimitrijevic and Louis Labeyrie, and showed great character in Patras once again. Tobey led the way with a EuroCup career-high 22 points and Josep Puerto had 6 points, including the go-ahead free throws, in a 0-10 run that allowed Valencia to win the game.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022