Flamengo kept their dream of reaching their eighth Premier League title. In the third match of the final match between the biggest winner in Brazilian basketball – Franca, with 11 titles – against the team that won the most Premier League, Robro Negro scored his first victory over the coach’s team Helio Robbins by 81 to 75, this Saturday afternoon, At the Maracanazzino stadium, the decision was made for the fourth match.
With 2 to 1 in the best of a 5-match streak, Flamengo will now have to win two matches at Pedrocão to be champion. The two teams will face each other again in Franca next Thursday. And if a fifth match is needed, it will also be in France next Saturday.
Olivinia led Flamengo’s reaction in the second half, as he was the top scorer with 27 points, while Balbi managed 8 rebounds and 9 assists, in addition to scoring important points in the last quarter and obtaining 9 in total.
Since 2008, the elite of Brazilian basketball has competed in the NBB. In 12 editions so far, Flamengo has won seven, the last two being. In the Novo Basket Brasil era, Franca reached two finals, losing both: to Brasilia in 2010/2011 and to Carioca the Negro Red in 2018/2019. But before that, São Paulo was the team that dominated the national scene. He added 11 Brazilian Cup titles (from 1965 to 1989) and the Brazilian Championship (from 1990 to 2008).
First quarter – Franca opened 7-0, Flamengo answered
Under the pressure of having to win the match to still have the title chances, Flamengo took to the field with Faverani in the first set. At 4:11 p.m. NBB story writing continued. A goal against Faverani himself opened the scoring – he tried to “clean” the basket and sent it off. Lucas Dias, out of three, left Sao Paulo with a score of 5 to 0. It followed: David Jackson made it 7-0 with two minutes of play. Faverani scored the first red and black points with a play of nearly two and a half minutes.
So, we can say that Flamengo entered the field. Olivinha, in the race, turned from three (7 to 5). The match continued without any team scoring in about three minutes. Flamengo tied 11 to 11, with just over three minutes left. Ducker put rubro-negro ahead for the first time (16 to 13), but Lucas Dias returned the triple in a blast on the clock: 16 to 16 in the first quarter.
Second quarter – Franca leads again, Flamengo fail on the free throw
Iago scored three goals to put Flamengo in front again (21 to 18), but Franca responded, again, with three more shots, this one by Ailee (21 to 21). Franca took the lead again and opened the seven to Lucas Mariano (28 to 21). In a match with a lot of shots from long distances, Robinson contributed and Flamengo fell (28 to 25). By this point, each team had reached four times.
Behind the score, the red and black Carioca failed on the free throws – only one hit out of seven. Until then, Franca hadn’t had a free throw to collect. In the last minute of the second half, Adyel, of three, left the Sao Paulo team with 38 to 30. A technical foul was charged against coach Gustavo de Conti, of Flamengo, and David Jackson, on the free throw, widened: 39 to 30. Converted Four free throws, showing evolution, Flamengo retracted, and even counted Tucker’s counterattack to lock in the fourth three points behind him (39 to 36).
– We can’t make silly mistakes – Lucas Dias, of Franca, complained about the red and black reaction at the end of the period.
Q3 – Olivia and Faverani lead the Flamengo reaction
After going empty in the second quarter, Olivinha ordered the Flamingo to react in the third quarter. After scoring 3, tied the game (43 to 43) and then made 2 more to come back, he ended up with a head injury 16 and had to leave the field with 14 points per game.
Without a basket, Fla maintained dominance and managed to increase the advantage with two beautiful dives by Faverani, forcing coach Helio Robbins to request time, with 49 to 43 on the scoreboard. With Olivinha back on the field, wearing a protective hat, and with another Yago 3 shot, Flamengo won the partial 20-10, closing the third quarter at 56-49.
Fourth Quarter – Flamengo controls the last quarter and decides in the fourth match
Flamengo’s strong monitoring continued to operate in the last quarter, which prevented a reaction from the Franca team. With Olivia and Balbi well on their shot, Rio dominated the final quarter and won the match by 81 to 75.
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