Michigan drops final game of Spain tour
BARCELONA, Spain -- John Beilein said before Michigan's Spain trip he wanted his team to be challenged. He got his wish, as the Wolverines dropped their final game Saturday, 85-79 to Joventut Badalona, to finish 1-2 on their trip.
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers and freshman Ignas Brazdeikis led Michigan with 15 points each. Charles Matthews added 14 and Austin Davis had 12.
The game was held at Pavello Esportiu Municipal, the same gym as Michigan's game on Thursday, when U-M lost 81-73 to Serbian pro team KK Mega Bemax. The Wolverines had defeated the Madrid Generales on Monday in Madrid.
Joventut hails from Spain's top professional league and traveled from Badalona, a little more than an hour from the gym. Naturally, Joventut was listed as "Local" on the scoreboard, while Michigan was "Visitant." The officiating reflected that.
Jovtentut's roster included highly regarded guard Nicolas Laprovittola as well as Dakota Mathias, a former Purdue star who faced Michigan three times last season alone. Mathias and Charles Matthews guarded each other to start the game.
The game was filmed by cable network TVC but was not broadcast live. Instead, the game will be shown on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. local time (6:10 a.m. ET), available online at esport3.cat. (Whether that online broadcast will be available to internet users in the United States is unclear.)
The game was back and forth early, with Michigan's offensive success stemming mostly from offensive rebounding. Austin Davis was all over the glass, and scored nine points in the first quarter. Jordan Poole banked in a 3 from deep as the shot clock expired to give Michigan a 16-13 advantage. Mathias hurt Michigan from the outside, and it was 21-21 after one quarter.
Substitution patterns were different than the previous two games in Spain. A few minutes into the s econd quarter, all 11 Wolverines had seen the floor.
Joventut had Michigan scrambling defensively early in the second quarter, surprising the Wolverines with a back-cut off an out of bounds play and a pretty behind the back feed for a layup. Jovtentut led by as many as five as Michigan struggled with turnovers, an issue throughout the Spain tour.
Zavier Simpson found Isaiah Livers for a corner 3 to tie the game at 37, but Joventut answered with a 3 to take a 40-37 lead at half.
Michigan delivered some third-quarter highlights: Matthews drove through the lane and soared over the entire Spanish nation for a two-handed flush. Davis met his man at the rim for a big-time block. Michigan still found itself down seven. It was 61-54 after three quarters.
Joventut used the back door repeatedly in the fourth quarter and Mathias drilled a 3 to make it 68-58.
Michigan got as close as six, 83-77, on Isaiah Livers' third 3-pointer with a minute left.
Michigan will next play another opponent in front of fans on Nov. 2.Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain