Bauru defeated Rio Claro 76:66 this Friday night at the Ginácio Paunella de Pressur for the third round of the Paulista Championship and recovered from the setback suffered by Paulistano. Now the team remains in the third place with five points, two wins and one loss.
Leon remain at the bottom of the table with three defeats in three games. The team will play again next Wednesday against Pinheiros at 20:00 at the Felipe Carrán Stadium. Dragon will only play on Friday the 12th again at Panela against AZ Araraquara.
The hosts struggled to open up a lead on the scoreboard in the first quarter, but an inspired Machuca dominated to win the first period 18-15. However, in the next quarter, the visitors’ momentum cooled and the home team dominated, winning 20:9 and closing the first half with a score of 38:24.
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Back on the court, the Lions showed determination and began to hit with a display of claws from the duo of Dawkins and Holloway, winning the third quarter 21 to 19, reducing the long-term deficit to 12 points.
It was in the final period that the Pressure Cooker crowd went cold, allowing a tired Bauru to get on the board for Rio Claro, which led by four, 63-59, with three and a half minutes left.
But those with Machuca are not hurt by the blow. The winger called the play himself and made two baskets and grabbed a rebound in sequence, relying on Fuzaro’s accuracy to get the Dragons open again. Alex Garcia made a three-pointer to cut the lead back to 11 points and calm the crowd for a final score of 76-66.