Brazil LBF round-up: Ituano and KTO Blumenau reach the final

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KTO Blumenau book their place in the final

KTO Blumenau beat Sampaio Basquet 84-79 in overtime to reach their first ever Brazil LBF play-off final.

KTO won the first match 65-63 in a hard-fought encounter but they had to come from behind in the second match to reach the final.


The match

Sampaio, who reached the final in 2020, led for the majority of the match and looked set to level the series at 1-1 when they took a 55-46 lead into the final quarter.

Katrina Pardee scored a two-pointer to put the hosts 12 points up with just under eight minutes to go but the visitors cut the deficit with major contributions coming from Leila Zabani, Vitoria Marcelino and Caca Martins.

All three scored as they made 11 unanswered points in just over three minutes.

They still trailed 68-65 with just over two minutes remaining, then Zabani reduced the lead to just one point.

Martins put the visitors ahead for the first time since the opening quarter with a three-point jump-shot, but with 14 seconds remaining, Jeanne Morais composed herself to score two free-throws and send the game to overtime.

Marcelino and Mariana Camargo showed their class in overtime to take the game away from Sampaio and send Blumenau to the final.

Vitoria Marcelino was given the MVP award after a tremendous performance, as she scored 22 points. She was prolific with 10 out of 12 attempts, a success rate of 83%. Below is her shot chart:

Shot chart

Ituano make the final

In the other semi-final series between Ituano Basquete and Vera Cruz Campinas, Ituano also caused a mini surprise, making the final for the first time after a 2-0 series win.

Ituano Basquete led the series 1-0 after beating Vera Cruz Campinas 92-78, and advanced into the final after hammering Vera Cruz 76-49 in the second match.

Alana Da Silva was named the MVP, as she scored 14 points and 8 assists. Patty Texeira made 13 points and 5 assists.


What is next?

The final is a best of five-match series, with the winner needing to win three games to take the title.

15/08/2021 Ituano Basquete – KTO Blumenau

17/08/2021 Ituano Basquete – KTO Blumenau

22/08/2021 KTO Blumenau – Ituano Basquete

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.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

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Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

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.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

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🏀 No. 8 @UCLAMBB (17-3, 8-1) 𝙖𝙩
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A rivalry matchup with #USC will test their mettle, but #UCLA’s offensive rating (113.4) and defensive rating (90.0) makes them outliers in the #Pac12.

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