Porto marked their first European game at home in 12 years with a 77-51 rout of ZZ Leiden as they got off the mark in Group G of the FIBA Europe Cup.
Turning Point: Porto led from start to finish, but it was during the second quarter that they put the game out of reach for the visitors. An 18-5 burst, starting in the first period and taking up much of the second, powered them into a 38-19 lead when Albert Fontet sank a hook shot with 5:04 to go in the first half. An easy win then became a blowout when Porto began the third period on an 18-2 run making it 63-33.
Stats Don't Lie: Porto used their deep roster to overwhelm Leiden with their energy as they spread the minutes around, while Leiden leaned heavily on their starters. The hosts got 30 points off the bench compared to nine for the visitors.
Game Hero: Pedro Bastas led Porto as he scored 18 points in 22 minutes of action.
The Bottom Line: After a narrow loss on the road to KRKA last week, Porto have responded in some style. However, the frustration goes on for ZZ Leiden, who are left alone at the bottom of the standings with an 0-2 record.
They Said: "ZZ Leiden is a better team than we've seen today. I think they got into this game overconfident, but we knew how to play with that, being strong in defence and making smart decisions in offence. Playing at home gives us more confidence and motivation, but we always want to win, on every court." - Porto head coach Moncho Lopez.
"I think we've lost the match even before it started. We came here with no respect for our opponent. We've underestimated FC Porto, a team that is very aggressive and has good shooters, and that punished us with a result like this." - Leiden head coach Eddy Casteels.