In a match in the 13th round of the Novo Basket Brasil 2023/2024 tournament, São Paulo defeated Botafogo on Monday evening at the Morumbi Sports Arena, 78 to 77. Miller, the Tricolor winger, was the team’s top scorer with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Glorioso’s guard, Thornton, scored 33 points and 6 rebounds. With this victory, Sao Paulo achieved its sixth victory in 12 matches (6s and 6m), while Botafogo suffered its tenth defeat in 13 matches (3s and 10m).
Devastating first half for Fugao with a Tricolor reaction
The match started with a lot of mistakes, especially from Sao Paulo, and Botafogo took advantage to get ahead on the scoreboard, as Emmanuel and Thornton’s nine and eight points respectively led Rio to a 22 to 13 lead in the first quarter. Tricolor Paulista returned to the scheduled second half and in less than two minutes tied the score 22 to 22. However, the Rio team did not let the hosts take the lead, but lost the fourth with a score of 31 to 22, with a display from Tricolor. Winger Malcolm Miller scored 16 points in the second half alone to close the first half in a 44-44 tie.
The balanced second half has an exciting ending
The second half began with Sao Paulo trying to turn things around in a way that did not happen in the first half, opening the gap at the end of the quarter by nine points, taking advantage of the opponent’s bad shots. However, Botafogo managed to pull one back, ending the third half at 61 to 58. In the final quarter, Tricolor started at the same pace they imposed, but saw Glorioso’s response pay off and Rio turned the game around with a hat-trick. Minutes to go, 73 to 72. The home team again took a three-point lead at the top of the table, at 76, 73 and then again at 78 to 75, but Botafogo closed at 78 to 77. After a foul shot by Bennett, Botafogo got the ball. The last shot of the game, but Emanuel did not hit the winning basket. In the end, the tricolor was victorious, 78 to 77.
Sao Paulo’s next match in the National Football League will be against Vasco again at the Morumbi Gym on December 9. Botafogo will play against Paulistano, again at the Morumbi Gym, on December 7.
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