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Michigan loses final Spanish exhibition game to Joventut Badalona

Michigan’s trip to Spain will end with a defeat. The Wolverines lost their final exhibition contest to Jovenut Badalona by a final score of 85-79.

Joventut plays in the Spanish ACB league which is widely regarded as one of the top domestic leagues in international basketball. Former Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathias was one of Joventut’s notable signings this summer. Former Baylor star Quincy Miller is also expected to star for Joventut this season but was not yet with the team.

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The Wolverines finished their tour of Spain with a 1-2 record, knocking off the Madrid Generals and losing to KK Mega Bemax and Joventut Badalona.

Michigan was led by Ignas Brazdeikis and Isaiah Livers, who both finished with 15 points, per The Athletic’s Brendan QuinnCharles Matthews (14) and Austin Davis (12) also finished in double figures.

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Michigan trailed 40-37 at the break after Joventut made a buzzer-beater to close the second quarter. The Wolverines were led by their big men in the first half as Austin Davis (9 first half points) and Jon Teske (7 first half points) combined for 16 points in the first half.

Michigan’s scoring effort in the second half was led by Charles Matthews (14 second half points) and Ignas Brazdeikis (13 second half points) after they combined for only two points in the first.

Joventut took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Michigan 21-17 to extend the lead to seven, and then pulled away by double digits in the fourth quarter. The Wolverines battled back late but eventually suffered a 85-79 defeat.

This was the third and final game of Michigan’s tour of Spain and the Wolverines will fly back to the United States on Sunday morning. Practices for the regular season will start in September.

Stay tuned to UM Hoops for additional coverage in the hours and days to come.

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  1. bobohle

    Not practicing over there and the two losses by less than 10 pts pretty much expected. Bonding was the most important IMO.

  2. Jayunk

    So they refuse to play DDJ. The kid can shoot the 3 ball

  3. silverblue

    I’m not sure “refuse to play DDJ” is the way the coaches would phrase it. He’s going to be a really good player for us, eventually. I just think he may have a lot to work on at this point.

  4. umhoops

    He actually got some run in the first quarter of the Joventut game. Why do you think they refused to play him?

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