Thursday, November 24, 2016
Mogi up 2-0 in Grand Finale after dramatic win
MOGI DAS CRUZES (2016 DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana) - In a dramatic finish, Mogi das Cruzes won the second game of the DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana 2016 Grand Finale over Weber Bahia by the score of 80-77. Their lead is 2-0 in the series and are one game away from becoming champions and lifting the Horacio Muratore Cup. The third game will be played next Wednesday, November 30th, in Bahia Blanca.
Turning point: A Maximo Fjellerup jumper gave Bahia an 8-point (71-63) lead with 5:57 to play in the game. From that point forward, Mogi opened up a 17-6 run, including a huge triple by Jimmy Oliveira that tied the game at 75 with a minute to play.
The final minute was a free-throw duel in which Shamell Stallworth scored five in a row for Mogi against only two from Gaston Whelan for Weber Bahía, sealing the victory for the Brazilian team.
Stats Don’t Lie: Mogi das Cruzes shot 46% from long distance (12/26) vs 28% from Weber Bahia (6/21).
Game Hero: There’s no denying that Jimmy’s three-pointer is what will remain in the memory of this second game, but Tyrone Curnell’s performance was gigantic in Mogi’s win with 23 points (4 three-pointers), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
Conclusion: Mogi will seek to close the Grand Finale in Bahía Blanca after winning the first two games of the series. This second game did not disappoint in the drama department. It was an exciting match-up in which Bahia once again was competitive and even dominating defensively in the first three quarters, until the veteran leadership of Mogi took over in the fourth. Shamell (that had been silent in the game), Caio Torres, Jimmy and Curnell were key in Mogi’s win by the score of 80-77.
The third game of the DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana 2016 will be played next Wednesday, November 30 at 21.15 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. It will be broadcasted by DIRECTV (South America), SporTV (Brazil, check your local listings) and on the web on Livebasketball.tv (subscription required).
Mogi Das Cruzes
Weber Bahia Blanca