Vlad Moldoveanu and company were on the lookout for a tough game against 5th seed Oradea in the second round of the LNBM but seemed to be on cruise control late in the second quarter and early in the third, finding themselves up by 21.
However, a barrage of treys by Oradea swingman Will Franklin, including a few minutes of inconsistency for Cluj on the offensive end saw the advantage drop down to a single possession with less than a couple of minutes left in the match.
While the defending champs, Oradea, once again proved they still have a strong word to say in the economy of the upcoming playoffs, Cluj’s cold blood proved pivotal in grabbing another W while also keeping the opponents at bay.
Cluj takes this one 84 – 79 with Vlad Moldoveanu scoring 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting and a cool 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block to bring in another solid double double in roughly 31 minutes of play. The team stays in first place in the national ranking and will be facing off against currently second seed CSU Sibiu on the 15th of March back in Cluj Napoca.
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