Instituto cannot repeat its good performance from its last games and this Wednesday it fell to Titanes de Barranquilla, for the Super 6 of the South American League to be played in Montevideo, Uruguay. The coffee growers showed their superiority as the minutes passed and took the game 87-82, in addition to qualifying for the semifinals. The intense red-and-white reaction (they raised a deficit of 17) was not enough, although it was very close and in a hot end.
Gloria still has a chance to be in the top four that will determine the title this weekend, but to do so they must beat the local Peñarol on Thursday, in a duel that will be played at home to the Uruguayans from 9 :30. pm Whoever wins this match will be the last to qualify for the semifinals. The people from Córdoba have this possibility, thanks to the fact that on Tuesday they defeated Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia 81-68.
The match against the Titantes
The game was not easy for the Institute. The Colombians reached this stage unbeaten, after winning their group in the qualifying phase. And the Titans showed why. With a good part of the national team from that country, the coffee growers showed their abilities, with a fast, fluid game and good defensive work.
It was difficult for Gloria to find a way back into the game. And they escaped to 14 (64-50) at the end of the third quarter, coagulating any attempt to react by the Cordobans.
The passing minutes showed how the coffee team gained confidence and how the Alta Córdoba team became clouded and disappointed.
The Titanes lived on the income they got (it reached 17), although they suffered from the reaction of the Institute in the last quarter. With 1m29 left, Hoover scored a triple that tied the score at 81. But a referee whistled a foul on Vildoza’s attack, which caused the action to be canceled. At the end of the game, Lucas Victoriano, Gloria’s coach, was fired for protesting.
Hoover was the best of the Institute, with 21 points (4/6 in doubles and 3/5 in triples) and the Uruguayan Pomoli also stood out, with 17 points. But Gloria lost in many important places. The Colombians dominated in rebounds (48 to 36) and assists (23 to 13).