This Wednesday, Benfica stamped the passport to the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Basketball Cup, after overtaking CAB Madeira by 96-76 at home.
Benfica came in to score, with Arnette Hallman opening the count with the first two points of the challenge. But, on the other hand, CAB Madeira’s prompt response – with a triple by George Beamon – surprising the reds and digging a 5 point lead in the 1st quarter (17-22).
More aggressive in terms of markings and more assertive in defense, in throws and rebounds, the training led by Carlos Lisboa approached the Madeirans and, at a time when there were just over 4 minutes to play, jumped into the lead of the marker, highlighting Betinho Gomes’ 12 points. Range: 38-32.
How 3rd – mind-blowing! – room a lot of inspiration and assertiveness also arrived. Ten minutes almost perfect in offensive terms on the side of Benfica, who added almost as many points as he counted at halftime (37). More than 30 points added is distance – more comfortable – from 20 at the end of 3rd quarter (75-55) left the reds with one foot in the quarter-finals.
The incarnates returned to enter aggressive and determined and with quality to be able to hold an advantage that allowed to move forward in the Portuguese Cup. Before a CAB without sufficient arguments to get around the result, victory by 96-76 and passport in hand for the next qualifying round.
Next Saturday (February 15th), Benfica returns to the Placard League with a visit to the Tomás de Borba Pavilion (Azores), home of the Third Baket, in game of the 20th round of the competition.
Benfica-CAB Madeira, 96-76
|Benfica’s initial formation||Eric Coleman, Anthony Ireland, José Silva, Betinho Gomes and Arnette Hallman|
|Substitutes||Anthony Hilliard, Gonçalo Delgado, Fábio Lima, Gary McGhee, Rafael Lisboa and Damian Hollis|
Photos: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica