With a resounding and totally unexpected victory by the difference of 59(!) points over Lusitânia (131-72), Benfica secured first place in the initial phase of the Betclic League during a 22nd and final day which also qualified Póvoa (8. º ) for the play-off and threw Ovarense (9th) for the third group of the 2nd phase and therefore out of those who will continue in the contention for the title.
But it is also a round where Oliveirense, who lost by a single point against the Dragão Arena (76-75) – even trailing by 11 (37-48) in the 3rd quarter – and had the ball on the last shot, but failed to materialize by a bad decision by Shawn Willett (14 pts, 4 res, 3 ass), showed that he has evolved and if he keeps the same attitude, it will be necessary to count on Oliveira de Azeméis in the play-off, especially this season with the initial rounds played only to the best of three instead of the usual five.
Decision made in schedule arrangements due to delays due to covid-9 and to prevent the championship decision from extending beyond June.
Champion Sporting, meanwhile, had no problem beating CAB Madeira by 94-75 and thus retained 2nd place in the standings. He would only rise to the top, where he remained until beaten by Benfica last Wednesday, had the Eagles slipped.
First in the League, Póvoa guaranteed that they will not have to worry about the risk of returning to Proliga by beating V. Guimarães by 87-81 and thus changing places with Ovarense, who with a final period in clean break , was beaten in Ovar by Illiabum by 77-88. It should be noted that this was only the fifth victory for the Ílhavo team in the competition.
Due to unexpected numbers, it should be noted that in Luz the reds had three elements with more than 15 points: José Silva (20), with 4/7 in triples; Tomás Barroso (18) on 14 minutes in a promising return to competition after a long absence through injury and registering 6/9 from beyond the 6.75m line; and Wendell Lewis (18 points, 7 res).
As had happened in Alvalade, Benfica again showed great success in 3-point shots, registering a 60% percentage (20/33).
In the other missed match, Académica, bottom of the standings, was beaten at home by Illiabum 79-92.
The initial wheel classification was as follows:
1st, Benfica, 41 pts (19 v-3 l);
2nd, Sporting, 41 (19-3);
3rd, FC Porto, 39 (19-1, 2 no-shows);
4th, Oliveirense, 36 (13-9);
5th, Immortal, 33 (11-11);
6th, CAB Madeira, 33 (11-11);
7th, Lusitania, 32 (10-12);
8th, Povoa, 31 (9-13);
9th, Ovarense, 30 (8-14);
10.º, V. Guimarães, 28 (6-16);
11th, Illiabum, 27 (5-17);
12th, Academic, 24 (2-20).
Also due to the changes made to the competition by the federation in the initial phase, instead of the second phase, the clubs are divided into two groups of six, this time the separation will be into three teams of four each, in accordance with the classification, each set playing six matches.
At the end of this 2nd phase, the last automatically descends into Proliga while the 10th and 11th compete in a series of play-in, best of five, to find out who also falls in the division.