São José won its first victory in the Paulista Men’s Basketball Championship this Saturday (06). Playing away from home, the team defeated Liga Sorocabana by 80 to 69, with 24 points from pivot Douglas Nunes.
+ Bauru and Sesi Franca win one more at Paulista
Coming off a setback against Bauru Basket in the first round, São José arrived at the duel against Liga Sorocabana willing to change its scenario at Paulista. The team was behind the score only in the first two minutes of the game and then took over the game. Still in the first period, the team came to open ten points of advantage (26 to 16) and opened even more in the second partial.
São José had 43 to 26, but Liga Sorocabana reacted and cut the difference to nine at the end of the period. In the second half, the home team started better and cut the difference to six (57 to 51), but the last period was dominated by São José, which closed at 80 to 69. The highlight of the match was the winger/pivot Douglas Nunes, with 24 points and seven rebounds.
With a victory and a defeat, São José faces Paulistano in the next round, on Thursday (11), at 6 pm, in the capital. Liga Sorocabana has two defeats – it lost to Sesi Franca in the first round – and will face Corinthians on Tuesday (09), at Ginásio Wlamir Marques.
In the first phase of the Paulista Basketball Championship, the 11 teams face each other in a single round and all of them qualify for the second phase, which will be played in two groups. The top five on one side and the other six teams on the other. In this phase, the teams will only face each other within their groups with the control of games reversed. Eight of the 11 teams will qualify for the playoffs, which will be played in best-of-three matches from the quarterfinals to the grand final.
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