The islanders reaped a victory of enormous value in Montenegro and secured the top spot in Group B of the Euro Cup, one game away from the end of the regular phase.

The dispute began in Montenegro, a very important game that Gran Canaria had ahead of them. Olek Balcerowski made a beautiful block on the first move and Nico Brussino opened the scoring for the yellows (0-3, minute 1). Although Lakovic’s charges started with a lot of intensity, the problem of fouls was noticeable in the first few minutes. Andrew Albicy turned the score around kicking from the perimeter (4 to 6), while Balcerowski and John Shurna also contributed with the goals. After the initial 4-13, the locals had to call a timeout. After an intense start, both teams lost a gear. Nico Brussino did his job again from the 3rd line and Olek Balcerowski continued to be a barrier in defence. End of first ten minutes, 11-24.

Gran Canaria was reaping an excellent ground game. Jaka Lakovic’s area came with everything in the attack, and after a sequence of 0-5, it rose to +18 (11-29). The advantage of the Claretians was increasing. Vítor Benite added several three-pointers (16-35, minute 14) and the Granca coach decided to make more rotations to distribute the minutes of the game. Over time, the yellows starred in a triple festival, with John Shurna and Nico Brussino plugged. With 3 minutes and 25 minutes left until the break, the score was 18 to 44. Buducnost VOLI, for their part, tried to close the gap by all means, but the islanders gave them no choice. At halftime, the score in Montenegro was 27-48.

First place goes to Gran Canaria

Despite the lead, there were still two quarters to go on the Buducnost VOLI track. AJ Slaughter scored another three-pointer, the tenth in the yellow card’s tally so far (27 to 51, minute 21). On the opposite side, Erick Green was the team’s top scorer, with a total of 9 points. Jaka Lakovic took the opportunity to give players like Oliver Stevic and Jovan Kljajic more minutes. 31-58 and 6:14 minutes to close the third period. Granca suffered a small drop during the fourth, a moment that Buducnost took advantage of to reduce the rent. Erick Green made an appearance again with a 3+1 over Kljajic. Before the end of the quarter, Montenegro managed to reduce to 50-68.

Andrew Albicy and Miquel Salvó once again put the score at +23 for Gran Canaria. With time running out, Vlada Jovanovic stopped the yellow streak with a timeout. The result of the match seemed to be written, but neither team wasted any moves (55-79, minute 35). The yellow added another treble, and with the contributions of players like Salvó and David Mutaf, Gran Canaria certified the first place with a meritorious victory in the field Buducnost VOLI (69-94).