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Honore’s SL Benfica spikes 4th Super Cup
T&T’s lone professional men’s volleyballer Marc-Anthony Honore and his Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon Benfica picked up from where they left off last year when they won their fourth Portuguese Super Cup and third straight, beating rivals Associação de Jovens Fonte do Bastardo 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-12) at the City Sports Hall of Vila do Conde, Lisbon, last Friday.
The win added to previous triumphs in 1989/1990, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012
The match was balanced right from the start with several ties, but Benfica managed to win the first set after taking advantage of their rival’s defensive errors, recording three consecutive points, which broke the tie at 18.
The “reds” put some pressure on their opponent right from the start of the second set (5-2) but the Azoreans changed their strategy, recovering from their early disadvantage, taking the second set to tie the score.
The third set saw SL Benfica start strongly, going up 7-1, 16-8 and then 19-8, however, Fonte Bastardo managed to recover some terrain, 23-15, only to show that they were not defeated yet, as the third set went to the books at 25-16.
The fourth set showed a more consistent Azorean side that, after playing point for point until the first technical timeout, managed to widen the gap to 16-9 and 20-10, before Gilson França ended the set at 25-13 for Bastardo.
In the tie-break the score remained tight (12-12), but Kibinho and Hugo Gaspar sealed the fate of the 15th edition of the Super Cup.
When the A-Division serves off, Honore and his club will do so as defending champions against AA Espinho tomorrow having won their fourth title in team history earlier this year.
They have won the Portuguese Cup 13 times.
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