Valencia Basket chokes at the Stark Arena

Red Star defeats the 'Taronja' team 82-64


Valencia Basket lost this Tuesday 82-64 in its visit to Red Star, in whose ranks the Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic stood out with 27 points, after a match corresponding to matchday 24 of the Regular Phase of the Euroleague and which was resolved in the second quarter.

At the Stark Arena, the locals started with a 9-3 run that was neutralized by Valencia's outside play, which culminated with a triple by Justin Anderson, another 0-7 run. The defenses shone in this first act and the score of 11-12 at the end of the 10th minute, after a basket by Anderson himself, reflected it.

However, the start of the second period was difficult for the 'Taronja' team. Victim of the distribution of assists by Milos Teodosic and the scoring awakening of Nedovic, the team coached by Álex Mumbrú quickly conceded a run of 12-0 (23-12) that weighed like a stone.

Adam Hanga and Mike Tobey were successful in several Red Star attacks, entrusted to Nedovic to go away by 15 points (31-16, 35-20) and upset an opponent without fluidity in the paint. Chris Jones and Damien Inglis prevented the gap from growing, and then Nathan Reuvers helped the visitors close their deficit at half-time (39-30).

A timid reaction from Valencia upon returning from the locker room, especially with the push of Jaime Pradilla in defense, put the Stark Arena's light at 41-35, whose fans saw how the local team managed the times with the baton of Teodosic and the Nedovic's aim.


With just a few seconds remaining in the third quarter, a triple by Semi Ojeleye (61-49) gave hope to the visitors, who were further emboldened by two consecutive baskets by Inglis and also with a clear improvement by Jared Harper in the direction of the game. . But Javonte Smart appeared in the Serbian squad as a luxury supporting actor.

The contribution of Rokas Giedraitis was also not lacking in the most decisive moments, while Valencia was missing the absent Brandon Davies and Boubacar Touré. Without those two natural centers, Mumbrú could not trust his chances of a comeback in the low post, so the role went to Jones and Harper, squeezed by Anderson's decline.

However, Ioannis Sfairopoulos stopped any attempt at a 'taronja' response from the local bench. Nedovic continued to score at every moment of doubt among the Belgrade fans, Tobey put the bolt under the boards and Valencia paid dearly for their very bad afternoon in shooting from beyond the arc (3/22).

This defeat placed Mumbrú's team with a balance of 12-12, on the edge of the 'play-in' zone, and cut short their streak of two consecutive wins in the Euroleague. For its part, Red Star reached a record of 10-14 and resumed its climb in positions.


–RESULT: RED STAR, 82 – VALENCIA BASKET, 64 (39-30, at halftime).


RED STAR: Dos Santos (5), Lazic (2), Giedraitis (8), Mitrovic (4) and Bolomboy (-) — starting quintet–; Smart (7), Hanga (7), Davidovac (5), Tobey (11), Nedovic (27), Teodosic (6) and Gillespie (-).

VALENCIA BASKET: Jones (11), Puerto (-), López-Arostegui (-), Reuvers (10) and Inglis (10) –starting quintet–; Harper (8), Ojeleye (9), Pradilla (2), Anderson (5), Robertson (7), Claver (-) and Pangos (2).

–PARTIALS: 11-12, 28-18, 22-19 and 21-15.

–REFEREES: Lottermoser, Mogulkoc and Petek. No eliminated.

–PAVILLION: Stark Arena, 18,346 spectators.