Benfica beats FC Porto and consolidates leadership in national basketball – Football

This Saturday, Benfica consolidated the leadership of the Portuguese Basketball League by receiving and beating FC Porto, by 79-63, in a game of the second round of group A of the 2nd phase.

Benfica’s Frank Gaines, with 18 points, was the best scorer of the match. On the FC Porto side, the highlight was Jonathan Arledge, with 13.

The ‘dragons’ got into the game better and after five minutes they were winning by a clear 11-2, which forced the Benfica coach, Norberto Alves, to ask for a technical break to correct the flaws.

He did it in good time, as in the answer, and with the two ‘triples’ from Frank Gaines, the ‘incarnates’ leaned against FC Porto and reached the condition of winners with the launch of Makram Romdhane, one minute from the end of the first quarter (17-15), but Charlon Kloof’s ‘triple’ put the blues and whites back in the lead in the last second (20-19).

In a duel between Benfica and FC Porto there are not only the points at stake, but, above all, the honor and pride of both teams. In this game of ‘cat and mouse’, where both Norberto Alves and Moncho López used tactical arguments, FC Porto led the scoring until Ivan Almeida made it 36-34, 26 seconds before the break, with Aaron Brussard extending the to 38-34, before the whistle, from a free throw after a foul by Miguel Correia.

The punctual difference did not allow any of the teams to consider the game won or lost, reason why the arm wrestling was maintained. But several mistakes made by FC Porto made Benfica take the lead and get 11 points ahead (53-42), with Travis Munnings’ ‘triple’ in the 27th minute, with Norberto Alves’s men arriving at the end of the third quarter to win by 59-45.

With the previous partial of 22-11, it was up to FC Porto to roll up their sleeves and show whether or not they want to fight for the national title, a trophy that has eluded them since 2015/16, but failed to do so.

Although Benfica was even more permissive defensively than in the previous ‘quarter’, they benefited from the cushion of 14 points of advantage to go on managing, which not only maintained, but extended to 16. Having won the game by 79-63.

Game at the Fidelidade Pavilion, at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon

Benfica — FC Porto, 79-63.

At half-time: 38-34.

Under the refereeing of Fernando Rocha, José Abreu and Bruno Maciel, the teams lined up and scored:

– Benfica (79): Frank Gaines (18), Aaron Broussard (12), Makram Romdhane (15), Wendell Lewis (4) and Ivan Almeida (9). Also playing: Travis Munnings (5), José Silva (2), José Barbosa (1), João ‘Betinho’ Gomes (11) and Arnette Hallman (2).

Coach: Norberto Alves.

– FC Porto (63): Rashard Odomes (9), Francisco Amarante (6), Miguel Queiroz (6), Michael Morrison (10) and Charlon Kloof (9). Also playing: Vladyslav Voytoso (4), Bradley Tinsley (2), João Soares (4), Jonathan Arledge (13) and Miguel Correia.

Coach: Moncho Lopez.

Scorer’s march: 19-20 (10 minutes), 38-34 (half-time), 59-45 (30 minutes) and 79-63 (final score).

Attendance: About 1,000 spectators.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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