ANDhe Coosur Real Betis achieved a crucial victory this Saturday in the fight for permanence in the Endesa League against Casademont Zaragoza (79-69), a direct rival in that fight after a match in which the local guard, the American Shannon, shone Evans, who had 19 points and 11 assists.

Equality presided over a first period in which the Betis achieved their first profits thanks to their excellent percentage in shots from two (7 of 8), with special prominence of the Latvian Anzejs Pasecniks, who got six points without fail and dominated in both paintings to the pivots of the Aragonese team.

Both contenders burned their boats to avoid relegation and presented newly signed debutants: forward BJ Johnson for the Verdiblancos and Nigerian center Christian Mekowulu for the visitors, who put Casademont ahead with a powerful mate midway through the second period (25-26 , m.14).

The good minutes of veteran point guard Omar Cook (9 points) and Bone’s replacement in the direction triggered the score for the Zaragoza team in the second period, although Bertans’ success from long distance kept the Betis in contact at halftime, when the difference in the electronic was minimal (39-40, m.20).

The offensive traffic jam of the Verdiblancos when they returned from the locker room allowed Casademont to stretch their maximum advantage to eight points (46-54, m.24), but the oil team was still alive thanks to the good work on the offensive rebound, which they allowed to have second options (53-57, min.30).

Two triples by Cvetkovic and Evans in the first minute of the final period put the Sevillians ahead, who played a splendid end to the match, especially in defense, and allowed themselves the luxury not only of winning, but of equalizing the particular difference between points, as they lost in the first leg by ten.

Data sheet

79 – Coosur Real Betis (19+20+14+26): Evans (19), Bertans (11), Almazán (7), Brown (10), Pasecniks (14) -starting quintet-, Wiley (4), BJ Johnson (3), Cvetkovic (6), Báez (5) and Mike Torres (-).

69 – Casademont Zaragoza (14+26+17+12): San Miguel (-), Bone (14), Yusta (9), Radoncic (6), Thompson (5) -starting quintet-, Waczynski (8), Hlinason (3), Mekowulu (11), Cook (11), Vanwijn (-) and Kilpatrick (2).

Referees: Miguel Ángel Pérez Pérez, Francisco Araña and Alfonso Olivares. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-eighth day of the Endesa League held at the Municipal Sports Palace of San Pablo before some 3,500 spectators.