Valencia lets Ulm no chance – giant lose first quarter-final

For Ulm it went in the guest match at the Spanish top club from Valencia no longer much: The Donaustädter already have 8th place in group B safely and are thus in the final round of the Eurocup. At the final group game, Head Coach Jaka Lakovic offered some junior staff and gave the one or the other youngster for game practice.

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Unlike the starting position at the home owners: Valencia, among other things with the former Berlin Martin Hermannsson in his ranks, still needed a victory to finally secure second place. Accordingly motivated, the four-time EuroCup winners went the game against the current Bundesliga fourth and quickly gave a comfortable leadership. Already at the break Valencia lay with 22 points in front and sat down at the third section at the latest. The final quarter, even in favor of Ulms (26:21), had no more weight, in the end was a clear 71: 103 defeat for the guests.

“With the circumstances and our young team, Valencia had the game completely on her side. I want to congratulate Valencia for victory and second place, of course I wish you good luck in the play-offs,” Lakovic said. “For our young players, it was a great way to gather game practice that lacked one or the other during the season.”

While in the Germans, above all, Karim Jallow (19 points) outlaw, convinced Valencia Bojan Dubljevic (19) and Youngster Guillem Ferrando (13 assists, club crisis at European level).

Meanwhile, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg are started with a narrow defeat in the quarter-final series of the basketball Champions League. The Bundesliga club lost the first duel at U-BT Cluj-Napoca with 73:76 (34:37). Thus, the pressure is already high: with a second defeat against the Romanian club (on April 13), the Swabians divorce. Overall, it can only give three duels.

The Ludwigsburger gained the better start on Tuesday through usual aggressive defense, but were offensive but not their rhythm: in the first quarter, the guests achieved only 13 points in an emotional and heated atmosphere. In the second round, the team of coach John Patrick brought the ball again and again in a basket, especially Ethan Happ convinced there. At the break, the Ludwigsburger still returned with 34:37.

Through a 13: 2-course in the middle of the third round, the Bundesligoister first brought himself the momentum, in the last pass, Cluj-Napoca turned through some successful three but the game. In the final seconds, Ludwigsburg’s Topscorer Jonah Radebaugh (16 points) had the chance to compensate, but he missed his threesome.

The quarterfinals in the Champions League will be held in the “Best of Three” mode. The team, which has won the first two games, draws into the semi-final. On April 13, the Ludwigsburger welcomes the Club from Romanians to the second match.

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