Walden’s career night propelled Zvezda to France – News

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If you look at the box score of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade’s 68-89 victory at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Wednesday night, you would assume the Serbian team triumph was a two-man show courtesy of Jordan Loyd ( 29 points, 31 PIR) and Corey Walden (20 points, 32 PIR). This is not entirely true, as Zvezda’s success required a strong and physically intense team effort on defense, limiting the home side to just 21 conversions to the basket overnight, with ASVEL instead forced to score. on the foul line with 25 free throw attempts.Of course, someone must have done the damage at the other end, and with a combined 55% of their team’s points, it was clearly Loyd and Walden who stepped up to answer that call. In the case of the first, it was not at all a surprise; Loyd, after all, scored for fun all season long and his goal was already the sixth night of over 15 points for the EuroLeague top scorer.

Walden’s effort, however, was less expected. The 28-year-old goalkeeper, who joined Zvezda this summer after impressing for city rivals Partizan NIS Belgarde in last season’s 7DAYS EuroCup, enjoyed a breakout night. His 20 points were combined with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals – all personal bests in his short EuroLeague career. In fact, before Wednesday night, Walden hadn’t scored more than 12 points in a EuroLeague game, made more than 3 assists or claimed more than 2 steals, so he set new standards to be met in the weeks. to come up.

His excellence in all aspects of the game was underscored by the fact that he committed no turnover and made 8 fouls to bolster his score with 7 of 8 foul line attempts. And on top of all those numbers, Walden further bolstered his squad with the main intangible qualities of energy, drive and determination, never appearing to be tired even from a distance during his 22:42 on the ground.

After the game, Walden played down his efforts and preferred to praise Zvezda’s collective effort, saying: “Everyone has stepped up, offensive and defensive, and I’m happy that we got our first win on the road. He also noted that his teammates are far from happy with their week’s work, knowing that an uphill battle with Real Madrid awaits him in Belgrade.

And if Wednesday’s heroism is a sign of things to come, Whites will have a hard time stopping Corey Walden on Friday night.

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