Brillantes de Maracaibo offered resistance until the end in their match against Centauros de Portuguesa, but the victory was of the latter by prevailing over the closing with a score of 59-53, to put a foot and a half within the eight classified to the Quarterfinal of the Basketball Super League, depending on the results that occur on the day.
Centauros had gotten a very good start to the season, having won six of the eight games played in the tournament. However, his start to the game was not as expected as he shot for a 20% accuracy and allowed Brillantes to take a lead of seven in the first quarter (17-10).
On the basis of triples, with five converted in the second period, the Portuguese team approached in the score but did not avoid going down at half time with the minimum (28-27), since Héctor Ortega, who had nine points, kept yours ahead on the scoreboard.
Óscar Silva's talk at halftime seemed to have an effect, as in the third stage the team managed to establish an 18-11 run with which they started the last quarter up 45-39.
However, Brillantes did not give up and leveled the score with two minutes to go. Even the Marabinos could go ahead in several attacks, but these were not taken advantage of and the llanero team took the victory with timely baskets from Michael Flores and Kelvin Peña.
Ortega, a Zulia's top scorer in the first half, couldn't move the nets in the second half and finished with nine points. Despite this ended líder of his squad in this line.