ANDhe UCAM Murcia returned to flight on the way to the Copa del Rey after beating a direct rival like Gran Canaria (83-100), decimated by casualties, which with this defeat adds up to five games without knowing victory in the Endesa League .

With a 55% success rate in triples, the visiting team exhibited a solid game with hardly any cracks, highlighting among its offensive network a spectacular Isiah Taylor who finished with 31 points, thus deactivating the prominence among the yellows of AJ Slaughter (17 points), who also suffered the fateful percentage of his team from the outside line (2/20).

In a brilliant start for the Murcians, Taylor distilled his entire arsenal from the perimeter, scoring his team’s first 11 points (10-11), compensating for the yellow squad with Kramer’s layups and Slaughter’s jump shots.

With the absence of Khalifa Diop due to Covid-19, and the usual casualties of Andrew Albicy and Artem Pustovyi -both long-term-, the Claretian group was forced to redouble efforts in painting with Oliver Stevic and Ilimane Diop, a mission that managed to fulfill until the last bars of a first quarter of high numbers that Murcia ended up scoring with a final rush from the outside by McFadden (19-26).

In the second act, UCAM continued along the same lines, with extremely high shooting percentages both in the area and in the three-point line, forcing the machine of a Gran Canaria in which fresh players such as Ennis and García took over the baton (29-34).

The ex-yellow Tomás Bellas began to carburize to strengthen the Murcia spill along with a plethoric Taylor -19 points in the first half- who was still at ease (31-42). Kramer and Salvó tried to cauterize the wound in the final stretch of the first part but to no avail. Lima and Webb put the bolt, lengthening the distance to halftime to 12 points (37-49).

After the break, the exchange of blows intensified. Gran Canaria tried with Slaughter assuming the baton, but in the visiting ranks everything worked at the forefront. Webb and McFadden fattened their statistics while the distance in the electronic rose above the fortnight (53-70).

In the middle of the last period, the Claretians launched a new ordeal, with Shurna and Ennis assuming new stripes in attack and lowering the difference to nine points (68-77), but it was a mirage. Immediately McFadden and Webb returned to put land in between from the perimeter (69-83).

Despite the late moves by the team led by Porfirio Fisac, the truth is that the discreet percentage from the perimeter ended up stoning the locals (2/20 in triples) against a solid rival in all their lines (83-100).

Data sheet:

83. CB Gran Canaria (19+18+20+26): Kramer (13), AJ Slaughter (17), Brussino (2), Shurna (8) and Stevic (10) -initial team-; Saved (15), I. Diop (2), Ennis (14), Garcia (2).

100. UCAM Murcia (26+23+22+29): Davis (5), Webb (11), Lima (2), Taylor (31) and Czerapowicz (12) -initial team-; Bellas (11), Cate (4), Radovic (8), Mestoglu (-), McFadden (16) and Malmanis (-).

Referees: Óscar Perea, Juan de Dios Oyón and Esperanza Mendoza. Visitor Czerapowicz was eliminated by personnel

Incidents: Match corresponding to the fifteenth day of the Endesa League played at the Gran Canaria Arena before 2,872 spectators.

Via Marca.com