Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:40 - Updated Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:40
Bruno Fernando wins on NBA's first appearance
Luanda - Bruno Fernando, Atlanta Hawks player, debuted officially on Thursday at the American National Basketball Association defeating, with his team defeating Detroit Pistons by 117-100, being the first Angolan to participate in this competition.
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Angolan Bruno Fernando debuts in the NBA
Photo: Cortesia das Edições Novembro.
In 14 minutes and 25 seconds, the athlete scored seven points, 1 three point-shot, captured three defensive rebounds and made two assists, showing coach Loyd Pearce that he is a player to be reckoned with.
After several attempts, Angola, 11 times African Champion, sees a representative shinning in the biggest league in the world, alongside the best on the planet.
Carrying the number 24 on the Jersey, the 2.08-metre tall player, originally from 1° de Agosto's schools, was called by the coach when it was left 6,52minutes for the end of the first quarter, and he put his name on the statistics right immediately by capturing a defensive rebound.
But the best was yet to come, despite the nervousness, 4.18 minutes into the second period the Angolan scored the first points in the NBA. Bruno received the ball in the paint, got rid of an opponent in the physical confrontation and converted easily, scoring the 54 point of the Atlanta team, against 51 of the Pistons.
The first three points (which is not his specialty) followed at 6.35 minutes at the third quarter. In the same period the player still had the opportunity to score two more points, contributing seven points to the victory of the Hawks.
Bruno's next game comes Sunday night against Olrando Magics, while Detroit Pistons play Philadelphia 76ers.
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