Ovarense Aerosoles conquered their first victory in the Group B of FIBA Europe Cup against CAB Madeira (82-77).
CAB Madeira entered the game very well but the home team knew how to take advantage of some weaknesses of their opponents.
Ovarense Aerosoles had a 10-point advantage but towards halftime Madeira closed up entering the second half just two points behind (36-34).
In the third period Ovarense again took control and increades their lead to sevenpoints (63-56). Nevertheless CAB didn’t give up and tied the score after a 7-0-run (63-63).
In the last ten minutes Madeira was close to the win, leading with five points but in the final moments it was Joffre Lleal who had a huge impact on Ovarense’s victory.
Game-MVP: Joffre Lleal
Pepe Rodriguez, Head Coach, Ovarense Aerosoles:
"It was a very difficult game. At the beginning we didn't have any confidence and played under a lot of pressure. We had problems to take good decisions on offense and Madeira played smart and enjoyed the game. Jones was the key at the end with two steals in a row."
John Tomsich, Ovarense Aerosoles:
"It was a very tough game for us, especially after having played two good teams and with CAB playing extremly well right now. I think we won the game because of good defense in the last four minutes. Joffre Lleal made some important plays near the end of the game and we were able to get a much needed victory!"