Akasvayu Crush Dijon


Akasvayu Girona sped out to a massive lead before cruising their way to victory against shellshocked JDA Dijon as the Spanish side continued their 100% record in Round II of the EuroCup.

Fernando San Emeterio was the catalyst behind Akasvayu's 117-83 win with a stunning individual display.

The 23-year-old forward finished with a match-high 39 points, which included a phenomenal 10-of-11 from three-point range, and 17-of-18 shooting overall.

Fernando San Emeterio (Akasvayu Girona)
Fernando San Emeterio was the star of the show for Akasvayu Girona.
There was little sign of the problems Dijon would face later on as they built a 15-14 lead in the first period against Akasvayu, who had already qualified for the quarter-finals of the EuroCup.

But the French side would never have it so good again, as Akasvayu then blitzed their opponents with an awesome passage of play which saw them score 31 of the next 36 points.

That put the home side 45-20 ahead midway through the second period and they had increased their advantage to 68-37 by the time the teams departed for the half-time break.

San Emeterio was the main protagonist in the first half, pouring in 19 points, grabbing four rebounds and handing out four assists.

The game was over as a contest by that stage, but the points continued to flow in the second half with both teams finding the basket with regularity in the final two periods.

But French visitors Dijon could not get closer than 22 points as a San Emeterio-inspired Akasvayu made it five wins out of five to return to top spot in Group L.

Virtus Bologna had taken over first place provisionally after beating BC Kalev earlier on Wednesday.

San Emeterio was undoubtedly the star of the show, and as well as finishing with his 39-point haul, he added one more rebound to his half-time total, and also ended with three steals.

For Dijon, who to their credit never gave up despite being more than 20 points adrift for much of the final three periods, Maleye Ndoye poured in 31 points, while Abdoulaye Mbaye and Reda Idriss Rhalimi finished with 14 points apiece.

Game Quotes

“First place in the group is our priority after tonight. We played a great game, all the players. Of course Fernando had a great night. We’ve cut his arm off and frozen it for the next game!” - Akasvayu Girona coach Svetislav Pesic

“It was a great game. I’m happy with how I played but all the boys helped me. They just kept passing me the ball and asking me to shoot!” - Fernando San Emeterio

“Everything was difficult for us in this game. We have players injured, but we were happy with the second half as our young players showed great spirit.” - JDA Dijon coach Jacques Monclar

“It’s difficult to come here and play against Girona. They’re a big team and they made everything difficult for us today." - JDA Dijon's Abdoulaye Mbaye


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