By going to Avalade to beat Sporting 73-89 (14-26, 19-14, 13-21, 27-28) in a delayed Betclic League 16th round game, Benfica not only broke a streak of 10 consecutive defeats between the two Lisbon clubs as he takes control of the championship. Despite both 39 points, the eagles have an advantage since they canceled the gap of 11 (63-74) with which they lost to Luz in the 1st round.
Note that the locals came from eight consecutive triumphs in the competition and seven in a row at Pavilhão João Rocha, where they had only lost to FC Porto in the second round. The last time Benfica managed to win the derby was on November 2, 2019, when the two clubs met for the first time since Sporting returned to Ligue 1 after a 24-year absence.
The reds have always dominated the game and it was only in the first half of the 2nd quarter that they allowed the home team to take control of the scoreboard for the first time (27-26) in a 15-0 partial that ended 29-26 without the opponent failed to score a basket for 5.20m until a trip by Ivan Almeida (23 pts, 9 res, 5 ass) .
The game’s only tie came at 30-30 and from then on Norberto Alves’ men, ever more aggressive and efficient on both sides of the pitch, took over the game.
If at halftime they were leading 33-40, in the 3rd period they destroyed the home team by converting five triples (35-55) in 4.22m for a total of six in the fourth (46-61).
From then on, Sporting, which committed 15 turnovers and where Tanner Omlid (1 res) and Micah Downs (3 pts, 3 res) were lost and could not forget the absence of the injured Travante Williams, did not never showed the ability to turn around. the goalscorer, although in the last 5 minutes he tried not to lose by more than 11.
However, at most he managed to reduce the gap to 14 (73-87) on a three-point shot from Shakir Smith (13 pts, 3 res, 5 ass). With 16 points, Mike Fofana (8 res), with 4/8 in triples, was Sporting’s top scorer, followed by António Monteiro (6 res), with 13.
In Benfica, which completely dominated the table fight: 33-47, having also won 18 offensive rebounds, in addition to Almeida, there was also the action of Makram Romdhane (14 pts, 11 res, 10 ass) and Frank Gaines (2 pts, 4 res.).
If until the break the outsiders had 4/14 in triples, it was only in the 2nd half that they scored 10 to finish with 43% (14/32).