Williams highlights Game 1 win in Portuguese semifinals
Anchorage’s Travante Williams poured in 28 points for the second time in two weeks, this time leading Sporting Lisbon to a 92-86 win in Game 1 of the best-of-5 semifinals in the Portuguese League playoffs.
The 6-foot-4 swingman drained three 3-pointers and matched his career high with 11 free throws on 12 attempts.
He is firing at a 91-percent clip at the foul line in 32-of-35 shooting across the last seven games.
Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, added four rebounds, four assists in 36 minutes of work.
The Alaskan leads Sporting with a 17.3-point scoring average, but he’s been even better of late, averaging 22.1 points in the last seven games.
The fifth-year pro is seeking his third championship in four seasons in the Portuguese League. He is the reigning MVP and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The 27-year-old this season has elevated his game to another level. And he’s done it against a bunch of former NCAA D1 players.
At the pro level, that doesn’t matter. The D2 dog in him comes out to take a bite out of the competition.
This season alone has seen him set career highs in rebounds (12) and assists (9) while matching his career high in 3-pointers (7).
He also reached the 30-point benchmark for the seventh time of his career. He had another game with 29, two with 28 and one with 27.
All the while, Williams has nothing but win in Portugal. His teams have compiled an amazing 121-15 record across over the last four years.