Hot shooting propels Flamengo to road win over UdeC
CONCEPCION (Chile) – Flamengo's offense was firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon as the Brazilians routed UdeC, 92-64, at Gimnasio de la Casa del Deporte in Concepción, Chile.
Gustavo Conti's guys shot 16/34 from beyond the arc and led wire-to-wire to go up 1-0 in this 2022-2023 Basketball Champions League Americas quarter finals series.
Martín Cuello led the charge, nailing his first 4 three-point attempts amid a torrid start that saw the Brazilians go up 13-2.
UdeC clawed back with a 10-2 run of their own, but that was about the extent of their fight.
Flamengo, winners of six in a row since their loss to Instituto in the first game of the Group Stage back on December 13th, retook control in the second quarter to go up 14 at the half.
The rest was history, as the visiting squad kept widening its lead thanks to a myriad of contributions up and down its deep roster.
Cuello was their leading scorer with 22 points on 8/12 from the field, including an impressive 6/8 from downtown.
The Argentinian shooting guard also had a game-high 7 assists and kept the offense humming.
Sweet shooting big man Rafael Hettsheimeier added 16 in 21 minutes.
For the home squad, head coach Cipriano Núñez just couldn't coax enough offensive production out of his international stars.
Reyshawn Terry went scoreless in 21 minutes. Jerry Evans Jr. needed 16 shots to generate his 17 points.
Miles Bowman Jr. was the most effective one out of the American trio, contributing 10 points and 6 rebounds on 4/8 from the field.
It was actually 27-year-old Eugenio Bocaz who led the way for UdeC with an all-around performance of 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Chilean shooting guard scored 13 of his team's 33 second-half points and his activity on the boards, where UdeC led 42-37, allowed the home team to avoid a larger losing margin.
Flamengo shot 50.7 percent from the field, assisted on 24 of 35 made baskets and only had 11 turnovers.
Guilherme Deodato scored 13 points off the bench, including this steal and dunk to give the cariocas their biggest lead of the game (32 points). Flamengo's reserves outscored UdeC's 32-23.
Flamengo also capitalized on the Chileans' sloppy ballhandling, scoring 21 points off UdeC's 17 turnovers.
The series now heads to Rio de Janeiro, with the Brazilians one win away from the Final 4. The Maracanazinho will be the venue for Game 2, to be played at 20:00 local time on Thursday.