MoraBanc Andorra came into its crucial showdown with Lietkabelis Panevezys looking to solve a strange dilemma. Whereas most coaches ponder how to get their teams to hit more three-pointers, Andorra's Ibon Navarro was racking his brain to remedy his team's nightmare performance on two-pointers.
The solution it turns out was to get out on the run, share the ball and dunk it whenever possible as Andorra made 18 of 30 two-pointers against Lietkabelis en route to a 76-66 victory. That 60.0% clip was surely music to the ears of Navarro, who had watched his team make only 32.0% of its two-pointers in the first four rounds of games in the 7DAYS EuroCup.
Andorra ran whenever it could against Lietkabelis, and it was quite often as it turned out. Lietkabelis made just 3 of 27 three-pointers (11.1%), which gave the Spanish League side a chance to push ahead after getting long rebounds with Tyson Perez the main beneficiary.
The home side did an excellent job sharing the ball. While Andorra's 19 assists were not an extraordinary number, the balance of shots taken was quite good. Aside from Perez taking 12 shots - and making 7 of them - only Jeremy Senglin took more than eight field goal attempts with the guard going for 13 points on 9 shots taken. Babatunde Olumuyiwa meanwhile did an excellent job dunking around the basket when he got the ball in the post, and Malick Dime also hit both of his shots.
Andorra's offense had been struggling altogether, having connected on only 33.1% of its three-pointers coming into Round 5. Navarro didn't see much relief from long range against Lietkabelis, with Andorra making only 7 of 27 three-pointers to lower the team's three-point shooting percentage on the season. However, its two-point shooting percentage jumped up to 36.7%, which is a move in the right direction.