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Fitipaldo's three-point shooting propels defending champs back to the Final Four

TENERIFE (Spain) - Lenovo Tenerife are two games away from retaining the Basketball Champions League title. Bruno Fitipaldo took over when it mattered most to edge out last season's finalists BAXI Manresa 2-1 in the Quarter-Finals series.

Game 3 on Wednesday night finished 84-72, a scoreline that doesn't reflect how close the contest really was before the Uruguayan guard decided to power the defending champs through to the Final Four.

Turning point: Txus Vidorreta's men opened up a double-digit gap in the third quarter and looked in control, but Devin Robinson inspired a Manresa comeback that saw them trim the gap to 75-68 with just four minutes left to play.

Playing without Sasu Salin on the day, Lenovo Tenerife needed a quick reaction to avoid getting jittery and a two-guard lineup with Marcelinho Huertas and Bruno Fitipaldo paid off for the hosts in front of the packed stands in San Cristobal de La Laguna.

It was their combo that saw Fitipaldo receive a pass from Huertas and hit a big three-pointer, and then follow up with another deep shot on a Giorgi Shermadini assist. Just like that, the lead was back to double digits, ending Manresa's hopes of a first win on the island since November 2015.

Game hero: Bruno Fitipaldo is playing a fine season, already earning FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2023 MVP honors. His three-point shooting is unreal, he hit five threes on the day, finishing with a game-high 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench.

Fitipaldo is now up to 35 made three-pointers on 68 attempts this season, making sure Salin's injury woes aren't influencing Tenerife's geometry behind the arc.

Stats don't lie: To win on the road in the Canary Islands, you need to have a near perfect shooting night. BAXI Manresa knocked down just three three-pointers in Game 3, a joint-low for them in BCL history, matching the output they had in the Semi-Finals last season.

Bottom line: Fourth Semi-Finals, with a chance of winning a record third title for Lenovo Tenerife. They await the Semi-Finals draw next week with a lot of confidence, having already won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2023, having already reached the Final of the Copa del Rey, and still standing strong in fourth place in the Liga Endesa standings.

BAXI Manresa had a rough start to their season, but found the rhythm in March and April. They are out of the red zone in the Spanish League, but could not book their second consecutive trip to the Final Four, despite getting 14 points and 8 rebounds from Devin Robinson.

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