Obras hang on in final minutes, Libertadores cruise to win on Day 3
MIAMI (United States) – BCL Americas Day 3 saw Obras and Libertadores pick up victories in Chile and Mexico, respectively. Here's how Group A and D teams closed out their first group stage of season 4.
Obras defeated UdeC despite a strong third quarter from their opponent to clinch a 97-92 win on Sunday night at Gimnasio de la Casa del Deporte in Concepcion, Chile.
Pedro Barral was on the scoreboard early for Obras controlling most of their offense and scoring chances while Reyshawn Terry and Jerry Evans Jr. were the two key motivators for UdeC to stay in the game.
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Once again using their strong rotation, two three pointers, a jumper and a dunk from Obras in the span of 1.5 minutes gave them a 9 point lead that would turn into 11 points at the end of the quarter.
UdeC found more offensive rhythm in the second quarter, staying on pace with Obras as Terry had already tallied 9 points by the half while Evans Jr. had six, but UdeC had yet to sink a three-point basket in the game after two quarters.
Another problem for UdeC was Barral, who already racked up 13 points on 100 percent shooting by the half, while Lautaro Fernandez and Luca Valussi both tipped in 8 points each to five Obras a 13-point lead.
However, UdeC refused to go down without a fight and came out of the half on a mission to make a dent in Obras’ lead. Not only did they manage to do so, but outscoring Obras 31-19 they trailed by just a single point going into the final 10 minutes of action.
Evandro Arteaga was another player who proved he was able to score for UdeC while Eugenio Bocaz became their top utility player playing stealthy defense, being a playmaker offensively and even getting in on the action on the boards.
Sebastian Carrasco kept UdeC in the game with his ability to convert from beyond the arc, something that had been a struggle all night, and ultimately tallied 18 points in just 21 minutes of play.
Obras relied on Emiliano Serres to have another dominant game on both sides of the ball, and with his double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds including 13 defensively, he helped seal the win in the final frame.
Six Obras players finished with 10 or more points and Valussi finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds while Barral added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Terry and Evans Jr. were once again bright spots for UdeC, with Evans Jr. tallying a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds and Terry leading all scorers with 20 points.
Libertadores dominated from start to finish against Real Esteli to stay perfect with a 98-87 win at Auditorio José Maria Arteaga in Queretaro, Mexico on Sunday night.
Esteli started out with the lead early, but halfway through the quarter Libertadores took hold of the lead for good after trading baskets for the first five minutes.
Libertadores forced Esteli to make turnovers that led to easy points while putting the pressure on with their strong defense to hold Esteli to just 16 points in the first quarter.
🇲🇽 @LibertadoresOfi finaliza con ✌️ victorias en el inicio del Grupo A en su 🏠💪— #BCLAmericas (@BCLAmericas) December 12, 2022
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Holding Jezreel De Jesus scoreless was one of Libertadores’ well executed game plans, though players like Jared Ruiz and Thomas Robinson picked up the slack in his absence.
While Esteli managed to get their scoring in order in the second quarter, a 32-point effort from Libertadores that saw Branden Frazier score a whopping 22 points in 13 minutes of play including 18 points from the three-point line allowed Libertadores to gain a 19-point lead at the half.
Jorge Gutierrez was also on fire for Libertadores with 11 points at the half while Joseph Avila added another 10 including shooting 100 percent from the three-point line.
In the second half, Esteli used their size to leverage points in the paint as well as control the boards on both sides of the court. They managed to keep up with Libertadores in the third quarter as both teams tipped in 22 points.
Esteli managed to get within 11 points of Libertadores in the final minutes of play after riding their physicality to force Libertadores to take weaker shots. But they could not close the gap despite tallying 56 points in the paint in total.
20 turnovers for Esteli sealed their fate as they allowed 21 points from turnover which was more than enough for Libertadores to take the win.
Frazier led all scorers with 29 points as five Libertadores scorers finished in double digits with Gutierrez adding 18 points and Romero adding 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Robinson finished with a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals while Ruiz added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Esteli in the loss.