It was soon decided – we could believe it.
There is a reason, as it is almost impossible to score twenty points for Falco in the Hungarian championship in half, and the defending champion led by around the same amount in Szolnok during the break. It was top notch at all, as the runner-up took first place, catching up with a possible win, and the hosts might have gotten blood. The Szombathely band, which excelled both at home and in the Champions League in the autumn, was defeated in the last two rounds, first in Debrecen and then at Alba Fehérvár.
By comparison, after a balanced first minute, Falco left his host standing, mainly with his players aiming fantastically from behind the three-point line. By the break, 11 of the 15 such attempts had fallen into the ring, which is almost seventy-five percent performance, and that’s an incredible figure! Surprisingly, it was not the biggest stars of the defending champion, Zoltán Perl, Benedek Váradi, György Golomán or Boris Barac, who took the prize, but the additional people, such as Ádám Somogyi, Benedek Kovács and Marvin Clark.
It was to be expected that the triple parade could not be continued at this level according to human calculations, but everyone really had reason to believe that the match had already been decided for the break. Szolnok could not find the rhythm, he could go to the locker room with a result of 28-48. After that, putting everything on one page, mobilizing huge energies, he made it impossible and returned to the match: in less than three minutes he narrowed the difference to ten points, Gelvis Solano and especially Marjan Cakarun took the home team on their backs. By the end of the game, Falco, who had stopped at this stage, was only seven points away, meaning the match was reopened.
Szolnok gritted his teeth and got to the 34th minute that he was only one triple off the equalizer, but he couldn’t take that step. He missed many promising situations, Szombathely, who kept his routine and calm, slowly started to increase his advantage again, then Ádám Somogyi, two three-pointers from Szilárd Benke, and the latter’s bagging decided the match. The strength of the hosts was consumed by the catching up, they were very tired in the last minutes, so Falco’s victory was not in jeopardy, the final result was 69-84 from the domestic point of view.
It is a special pleasure that the leaders of the guests were young Hungarians, and so they managed to catch their best, bad day. Ádám Somogyi 22, Szilárd Benke 21, Benedek Kovács 11, Zoltán Perl nine, Ákos Keller and Marvin Clark eight each, György Golomán and Benedek Váradi two each and Boris Barac one point each. Marjan Cakarun from Szolnok was the most successful with 21 points, the other scorers were: Gelvis Solano 12, Markeith Cummings ten, Bojan Subitic eight, Gábor Rudner seven, Roko Badzim six, Máté Pongó three, Samuel Taiwo two points.
Cover image: György Golomán only fought with the defenders of Szolnok this time, he did not become the main character. Photo: National Sport / Csaba Dömötör
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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