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Valencia Basket (7-3) traveled to Patras without six key players, as Jasiel Riveiro, Bojan Dubljevic, Jaime Pradilla, Klemen Prepelic and Xabi Lopez-Arrostegui are down with COVID, while Victor Claver is still recovering from injury.

3-pointers this season

32%
7,8
Points made: 7,8
Accuracy: 31,6%
Place in standings: 16
Record max: 16
Record min: 4
Most made 3FGs: Isaiah Miles

Absences, however, were not enough to prevent the Spanish team from beating Promitheas Patras (2-7) 71-68 (15-14, 21-21, 16-22, 19-11), largely thanks to Mike Tobey who scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds for a PIR of 25.

Promitheas, who played without injured forward Isaiah Miles and guard Charis Giannopoulos, saw EuroCup newcomer Trevis Simpson make a more than encouraging debut. The American guard went for 13 points on 5/7 field goals, while captain Dimitris Agravanis racked up a season-high 22 points on 8/10 from the field.

The hosts went scoreless in the game's final three minutes, where Kendrick Ray missed the target on several occasions, including the three-pointer which could have forced overtime.

In the first quarter, the Patras team had a hard time against Valencia's defense. Zouros's players kept taking perimeter shots to no avail, while also missing several lay-ups.

Thus, Valencia managed to get the upper hand, maintaining a slight edge throughout the most part of the first half which ended at 36-35 for the visitors. Nenad Dimitrijevic and Mike Tobey combined for 17 points over that span, leading the Spanish team's extraordinary 71% on two-point shots.

Promitheas started the third quarter with a six-point lead (49-43) and Dimitris Agravanis as the main scorer and creator. Labeyrie and Tobey had a hard time defending in the paint, despite scoring on the other end.

However, the 4-time EuropCup winners punished Promitheas for some unnecessary risks. Sam Van Rossom hit an open three-pointer to make it 60-59 with seven minutes left, while Tobey handed Valencia their first lead in the second half (61-60).

Promitheas packed the paint, trusting Agravanis to finish one-on-one balls. The Greek side picked up fast, taking advantage of Louis Labeyrie's nerves that cost him a technical foul (his 5th in the game).

The hosts got off on an 8-0 run (68-61), but Valencia gave them a taste of their own medicine in no time, erasing the deficit (68-68).

Josep Puerto hit 3/4 free-throws in the final minute, while Kendrick Ray missed a floater and then a three-point shot at the buzzer that could have changed the game's course.

Promitheas Patras: Dimitris Agravanis 22 (8/10 FG, 5/5 FT, 3 REB), Kendrick Ray 15 (6/19 FG, 1/1 FT, 5 AST), Trevis Simpson 13 (5/8 FG).

Valencia Basket: Mike Tobey 22 (10/16 FG, 2/3 FT, 9 REB), Nenad Dimitrijevic 10 (5/9 FG, 5 AST), Sam Van Rossom 9 (4 REB, 3 AST), Josep Puerto 8 (6 REB).

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Promitheas Patras
Valencia Basket
43%
18 Position
Field goals
46%
11 Position
35,00
13 Position
Rebounds
38,25
2 Position
17,88
12 Position
Assists
19,25
5 Position
6,13
17 Position
Steals
4,38
20 Position

Teams leaders

Kendrick  Ray
14,1 PTS
46% 2P%
43% 3P%
Klemen  Prepelic
13,0 PTS
37% 2P%
31% 3P%
Nikolaos  Rogkavopoulos
6,6 REB
5,1 DREB
1,5 OREB
Mike  Tobey
6,3 REB
4,7 DREB
1,7 OREB
Nikos  Gkikas
3,6 As
2,4 TO
19 MIN
Sam  Van Rossom
5,0 As
0,5 TO
20 MIN