The 5th round of the A League, which started interestingly, continued with no less tension. Sportuni and Burji of Telavi met in the second match held at the Olympic Palace. Both teams had one victory, but due to the roster, Telavi has more ambition. The Kakhetian team has 4 legionnaires, while Sportuni has just one. However, in today’s match, the winner between these teams was revealed by one shot, which was performed by Telavi’s legionnaire Unruh Smythe 1.7 seconds before the end of the match.
However, Sportuni was very close to victory. They were 1 point ahead, attacking at the last minute and after missing the first shot, they rebounded again. Inaccurate shot once more and now the guests have 16 seconds to attack. Telavi moved the ball to the opponent’s half, passed it to Unruh Smythe, who made an entry and shot the ball in a trajectory. The ball went to the basket and Sportuni players weren’t able to change anything in the remaining 1.7 seconds. They lost again – 74:73 (Statistics).
Ky Mauras led the winners with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Unruh Smythe scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Xavier Newson collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. Saba Geguchadze was the most effective in Sportuni with 23 points. Chris Wrey scored 15 points and 18 rebounds. Levan Tavkhelidze had 13 points.