Oliveirense continues to be a 'hard nut to crack' for FC Porto. The 'dragons' were defeated on Thursday in Oliveira de Azeméis by 88-68 on the penultimate round of the regular season of qualification of the champion of basketball.
Moncho Lopez's team came from a string of 14 straight wins and still dreamed of second place to enter the play-offs in the best possible position. But Oliveirense, who have beaten FC Porto several times in recent years, once again showed their superiority, as the interval already won by ten points (46-36).
In the national champion team they stood out Travant Williams, with 27 points, and Thomas De Thaey (double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds). José Barbosa (eight assists) also helped Norberto Alves's team to finish first in the first round (the home-factor is the play-off), as Oliveira de Azeméis's formation can no longer be achieved by Benfica, second place. Oliveirense has 59 points, Benfica have 57, FC Porto 55.
Sasa Borovnjak was the best scorer of the players (16 points).
In the end, Oliveirense coach Norberto Alves highlighted the importance of winning.
"It was a quiet victory, because we worked hard to do that." Defensively the team went well, we got a lot of trouble when FC Porto moved to the zone, but I think it was a lot of fun because the result was almost done. players thinking about the play-off, without the [Will] Sheehey, who is a major player, and they will be strong in the finals. But today, our team was superior to theirs. O Sasa [Borovnjak] played less than normal, but I do not know what's happening on the other side. But they will be well in the play-off with everyone, because it is a team with many solutions, just like Benfica. The team showed that it is serious, it was important to return to beat FC Porto, because we had lost twice against them. This will be important to us in the play-offs, "he commented.
Already Moncho Lopz stressed that it is necessary to better prepare the games against Oliveirense.
"It was an excellent game from Oliveirense, from the ball to the air, they set the pace of the game, an intensity that my team could not answer. I am honest, I do not disguise anything, the few times we recovered on the scoreboard was because they raised the we were not able to respond to the counterattack and the defensive aggressiveness of them.We have to prepare ourselves better for these games, because we know that it is difficult to beat Oliveirense and when we are not at that level the difference is in the result, our ambitions to discuss the title and to be in the final remain, I am worried about other things as some players could not play today , the -23 in the [William] Graves and the physical difficulties he has, we had to medicate him to play, because it's important. We will not count on the [Will] Sheehey in the next games, nor in the first round. My concern is to recover my players and prepare the competition, "he concluded.