Game 1 of the 2017 LNBM Finals goes to Cluj but they certainly had to work for it.
The incredible show put on by the attendance of the “Horia Demian” Sports Hall infused both teams as they started to a high scoring first quarter and kept up pace for the entire match. Though Cluj kept a narrow lead for most of the third quarters, Steaua CSM EximBank had runs of their own, at times almost outpacing the home team.
At this point, it was anyone’s game.
Enter Vlad Moldoveanu and 11 of his 14 points of the match, each more clutch than the other. Add another 22 from Dykes and a sensational 27 point 13 rebound performance from Ousmane Barro and you get an extremely close 87 – 85 win for Cluj. Vlad added 5 rebounds and 3 assists to his repertoire, and finished third on the efficiency scale as well as on the + / – scale. Solid game in about 28 minutes of play.
As we head towards game 2 of the finals on sunday, also in cluj, the team will attempt to fix some of the shortcomings that allowed Steaua to stay within reach and also take a commanding 2 – 0 lead over to Bucharest for game 3.