ANDl Inherit San Pablo Burgos look up. On Fuenlabrada chained his fourth victory between League and Europe (91-96), before a local team surpassed by their pivots and upset in the third quarter due to an unspoken foul that ended with their coach and second coach expelled for protesting.
What had been a duel of streaks, dominated by the interiors of the Castilian team, the Nigerian Suleiman Braimoh (18 points and 8 rebounds) and the Serbian Dejan Kravic (8 and 4), was broken when a Braimoh grab on the young Malian from Fuenlabrada, Bassala Bagayoko (15 years old) was not flagged as a foul. The protests of the second technician Salva Guardia, throwing the jacket to the ground, and the first Josep Maria Raventós, more restrained, they ended up with both expelled and the ‘Fuenla’ without a helmsman, at the mercy of a superior Burgos.
From that moment they shone Dani Díez (13 points and 5 rebounds) and the Brazilian Vitor Benite (16 and 3), which together with the calm and the 7 assists of the American base Alex Renfroe fastened a game in which the pupils of the Croatian Zan Tabak showed their greatest variety of resources in the paint, although the locals fought until the end, led by the Nigerian Obi Emegano (20 points), Brazilian Leo Meindl, with a new double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Canadian Kyle Alexander (19).
San Pablo took a good booty from a Fernando Martín who remembered the one of yesteryear, with 3,120 spectators, already without capacity restrictions and receiving visiting spectators a year and a half later: Burgos fans greeted with ovation before the game.
Before a Burgos preceded by his defensive fame, the ‘Fuenla’ exploded his triplista vein embocando the first three without failure, two from Emegano (11-4). Braimoh, fighting in the zone (6 points and 4 rebounds in the first quarter), instilled aggressiveness in both rings to those of Tabak, but an offensive display by Alexander maintained the local leadership at the end of the first quarter (23-17).
It did not last a minute and a half, because Burgos turned the electronic over in three transitions (23-24, min. 11). The Castilian defense became impregnable and in attack San Pablo accumulated a partial that reached 0-14 with a triple by Dani Díez (23-31, min. 14).
- 91 – Urbas Fuenlabrada (23 + 14 + 20 + 34): Novak (12), Emegano (20), Meindl (13), Cheatham (6), Alexander (19) -initial quintet-, Eyenga, Bagayoko (1), Armand (16), López, Ristic (4) and González.
- 96 – San Pablo Burgos inherits (17 + 25 + 24 + 30) Nikolic (7), Benite (16), Rabaseda (11), Braimoh (18), Kravic (8) -initial quintet-, Renfroe (4), Zack (4), McGee (15), Queeley and Díez (13).
- Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Vicente Martínez and Joaquín García. They expelled local coach Josep María Raventós and second coach Salva Guardia, both in the 25th minute, for a disqualifying technical foul.
- Incidents: match of the fifth day of the Endesa League, played at the Fernando Martín de Fuenlabrada Pavilion (Madrid), before 3,120 spectators.
Raventós spent the second time-out in less than 5 minutes and put Alexander back on track, but his team was still soft on defense, while Braimoh and Kravic lined up to score and rebound. Only on the edge of the break did the local team put the batteries to discount until 37-42 with which the intermission came.
A redoubled defense from Burgos emerged from the locker room, which corresponded Kravic and Braimoh taking advantage of Alexander’s third foul. Raventós tested Dusan Ristic, Chema González and Bagayoko to stop the bleeding in the painting and the latter was the protagonist, upon receiving a grab in the race of Braimoh that was not indicated as a foul and provoked with an ostentatious protest from Salva Guardia, who left throwing the jacket on the floor. Raventós followed, also expelled for disqualifying technique.
Fuenlabrada fell by 14 (44-58, min. 25) and was left without two technicians, but they had their people and their pride. Bagayoko with a mate, the American Kwan Cheatham and the Serbian Jovan Novak with two triples hit a surprised Burgos, who remained in front thanks to the calm of Renfroe and a triple from Dani Díez (57-66).
The epic was not going to last long for the locals. Again Díez from 6.75 meters and Benite gave San Pablo a margin of tranquility and the defense again emerged (61-79, min. 33).
Even so, the Fuenlabrada players believed in the comeback, to the point of putting themselves five minutes with 29 seconds on the clock (89-94). Two capital rebounds by Xavi Rabaseda and a mate by Braimoh ended the match, with Burgos victory 91-96 and whistle from Fuenlabrada fans to the refereeing trio.