Joventut Badalona’s struggles in the ACB continue with a home 79-90 loss to BC Andorra in the ACB on Tuesday evening.
Both teams came off sound beatings from the two powerhouses of Spanish basketball on Sunday, with Badalona capitulating to Catalan rivals Barcelona and Andorra falling to reigning champions Real Madrid. This defeat seemed to spur Andorra to a more energetic performance that was consistent throughout the game on Tuesday.
Badalona on the other hand started out strong, seemingly invigorated by their loss 48 hours prior but similar problems to those presented on Sunday resurfaced, primarily poor interior defence and poor shooting. As the team seemed to tire and more mistakes they were offered no respite by the visitors as the collapse of their outer defence was punished by Andorra scoring six threes in the third quarter. Badalona responded in the fourth by restoring that defensive perimeter and scoring five threes of their own, but at the cost of conceding the paint which didn’t allow them to close the gap significantly enough.
In a lot of ways the game felt similar to Sunday’s loss in the Palau Blaugrana, but with a different cast of characters performing positively for Badalona as Alberto Abalde, Brandon Paul and Albert Ventura all improved their shooting.
Following the same theme, Giorgi Shermadini replaced Ante Tomic’s role in the paint by leading scoring and delivering 19 points and nine rebounds. Also of note for the visitors was Betinho “Beto” Gomes with 18 points including four threes and a couple of athletic baskets that drew applause from the sporting Badalona crowd. Andorra gave a top heavy performance as they also had three other players in the teens pointswise: David Navarro (15),Luka Bogdanovic (14) and Vojdan Stojanovski (13).
This result sees Joventut Badalona fall to 12th in the table and continue their losing streak for the sixth game, a slide they’ll hope to stall when they visit Basque country on Sunday to play Bilbao Basket.
BC Andorra meanwhile climb to 7th with their fifth win in seven games and plan to continue their ascent as they head south to take on Gran Canaria this weekend. This seventh place berth continues their hopes of qualifying for the Copa Del Rey in February.