Surne Bilbao Basket says goodbye with defeat in the Basketball Champions League (67-71)Jose Mari Martinez

Surne Bilbao Basket lost the possibility of accessing the next phase of the Basketball Champions League due to the mismanagement of the finals of the last three games. It happened at home against Lenovo Tenerife, he repeated his visit to Darussafaka and this Tuesday tripped over the same stone in the farewell to the continental competition against UCAM Murcia (67-71). In a duel with nothing at stake for either team and no clear common thread, Jaume Ponsarnau’s men, playing in pushes, reached 60-56 in the last four minutes to finish diluted again.

There was a lack of criteria in the attack and hardness in the rear, both circumstances taken advantage of by the rival to revolt. Those of Sito Alonso, who reserved James Anderson and Thad McFadden and who finished the game without limping Artem Pustovyi -Sadiel Rojas stayed at home-, had two very defined pillars in Nemanja Radovic and David Jelinek in those decisive stages, while in men in Blackwith Ludde Hakanson out of the squad as a precaution, there was no one who wisely raised the flag of resistance in those key minutes.


Unsurprisingly, the match didn’t have any competitive tension from the opening jump, although the referees’ work muddled it almost from start to finish. Michale Kyser’s eight points using a dolly in the opening five minutes boosted the locals, but Murcia responded by successfully kicking from the perimeter (11-10). But it was the visitors who managed to keep their heartbeat going for the longest time, which together with the deficiencies of the hosts when it came to closing the offensive rebound helped them to close the opening act in advantage (17-22).

Ponsarnau’s side, soft in the short distances and silly on the perimeter, struggled to find ways to score. With just two points from Álex Reyes in four minutes, Murcia took advantage of the start of the second quarter to open the difference (19-28). Francis Alonso’s work and Kyser’s performance in the area served to plug the leak before a basket by Georgios Tsalmpouris tied the game at 28 points with 3:10 remaining, but a technique for Emir Sulejmanovic unbalanced the men in Black -also for the stands- and returned control of the situation to Sito Alonso’s men, who reached the middle of the match with a score of 28 to 35.

Hits and misses

Bilbao Basket was reactivated in the resumption of the nomination -good work behind and 8-0 with two three-pointers from Nikola Radicevic and Adam Smith to take a 36-35 lead- but there was no follow-up. Murcia responded with Jelinek and Tomás Bellas activating their wrists from the 6.75 line and Ponsarnau’s men lacked the order, judgment and strength to prevail on the pitch. Despite the fact that men in Black They acted visibly upset with the referee’s performance, six consecutive points from Sulejmanovic leveled the contest at 43 before Trice’s buzzer made it 45-47 with ten minutes to go.

Hosts had problems when they arrived sula for his fifth staff, but there was personality to get out of the swamp. Two free throws by Agustín Ubal, a triple by Tsalmpouris and a dunk against Reyes placed an interesting 55-50 with 6:54 left and Sito had to stop the duel. The Greek stretched the yield to 57-50, but there was a lack of control to solidify the gap. Murcia recovered with a two plus one by Radovic and a triple by Jelinek and this time it was Ponsarnau who summoned his team. A triple by Radicevic gave air again, but Radovic’s work on the offensive rebound was colossal, with Jelinek penetrating like a dagger, and the equalizer in the 64th minute with one minute to go ensured the tachycardia final. Andersson committed a foul in the attack, Radovic scored in the next action, Smith pardoned a free kick and with 34 seconds to go, and 65 to 66 in the light, Jelinek dismissed Bilbao Basket of Europe with a three-pointer.