Hereda San Pablo Burgos opens season with win over Besiktas
BURGOS (Spain) - Hereda San Pablo Burgos, back-to-back winners of the Basketball Champions League, opened their 2021-22 season with a 82-74 win over Besiktas Icrypex.
Burgos jumps out to a 1-0 start in Group H, while Besiktas begins the season 0-1.
The game was tightly-contested throughout with 14 lead changes and the biggest lead was only eight points for Burgos and six points for Besiktas.
Vitor Benite caught fire for Burgos in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 27 points.
The 31-year-old Brazilian guard shot an efficient 10-of-15 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Alex Renfroe also chipped in 10 points and eight assists and knocked down the dagger shot to seal the game.
Renfroe and Benite showed their chemistry, as Renfroe assisted on 12 of Benite's points.
"We know each other for a while now, just an amazing player, a guy that competes everyday," Benite said of his backcourt mate. "Just glad that I have him by my side during this period."
Burgos committed 16 turnovers (six more than Besiktas), but had a wide advantage in three-pointers, knocking down 13 of them compared to only four for Besiktas.
In their return to watch live basketball, the fans inside Coliseum Burgos were loud and passionate throughout the game.
"They're the best. I mean I think everybody can see that now," said Benite. "We're gonna enjoy it a lot more with them by our side and they're the best fans in Europe for sure."
"It's good to be back, back at our home with a lot of people in here," said Renfroe. "This is amazing. The atmosphere is crazy. Our fans do a great job man, they support us whether we're up or whether we're down. I hated that they missed last season being in here. … They did a great job, so we're happy they're here."
Me quiero morir en este estadio 💙 pic.twitter.com/LqGaafUFA4— Hereda San Pablo Burgos (@SanPabloBurgos) October 4, 2021
Besiktas got solid performances from newcomers Jordan Bone (20 points, five assists), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals) and Josh Reaves (14 points, three assists, three steals).
The Turkish club played with intensity and had highlight dunks from Reaves and Ercan Osmani:
Despite forcing 16 turnovers and scoring 24 points off those turnovers, Besiktas struggled shooting from three (4-of-18) and that turned out to be a key difference in the end.
"I think we did a great job executing, getting the shots that we wanted down the stretch," said Bone. "These guys [Burgos] hit some tough shots down the stretch. We defended the way that we wanted to, they just hit a couple tough threes down the stretch and put us in a tough position to come back and win the game."