ANDhe Casademont Zaragoza ended the crisis it was going through with a worthwhile reaction against one of the revelation teams of the season, UCAM Murcia, whom they beat by 91-78, and managed not to complicate their lives in the standings.
After two very heavy consecutive defeats and giving a poor image, the Aragonese team was able to offer its best version, something expensive to see in a season in which it is being very irregular, led by Jordan Bone and, especially, Adam Waczynski, who he was the best player of the match with 19 points and a PIR of 29.
In those saw teeth of its performance, Casademont Zaragoza offered its highest version and beat a pepper team that arrived in Zaragoza with great morale after having ensured its presence in the Copa del Rey the previous day and that has completed the best first round of its history, but that has been left with honey on its lips for not being able to be seeded in the KO tournament, something that it would have achieved if it had won in the Aragonese capital.
The victory and the good game in hand once again put on the floor the dichotomy that he is showing in the current campaign, in which he has been able to fall by scandalous markers and also achieve important and clear victories, although the latter with a dropper.
The Murcian team faced a revived Casademont Zaragoza that had fluency and accuracy in attack, while outperforming Sito Alonso’s team in defense who had more problems than usual to score.
After some irregular starts by both teams, with numerous mistakes, it was Sito Alonso’s team that first managed to focus and thanks to the success of an inspired James Webb III (10 points at the end of the first set) UCAM Murcia began to score the first differences (7-18) in minute 8.
The match was going uphill for the Zaragozans who, however, tried to cling to the success of Adam Waczynski in the second quarter so that the score did not fall apart, bringing the owners of the field within a point (30-31, min. 15.30) thanks to several steals and despite a disastrous 3-point stat, with 1 of 11 and 9 of 17 free throws at halftime.
However, a new visitor surge, with a run of 8-17 in the last four and a half minutes of the second set, once again put land in the middle for the pepper growers (38-48).
The handy team, which when it has gone behind with clear differences has almost always ended up lowering its arms, on this occasion came out of the locker room spurred on and with a great performance turned the score around with a run of 28-12 that placed it with the maximum advantage in their favor of the entire match to face the last ten minutes (66-60).
With adrenaline in their bodies from the comeback, Jaume Ponsarnau’s team equaled the intensity of their rival in all facets and, continuing with the great defense they had exhibited in the previous quarter, stretched the lead to 14 points in the minute 35 that, well managed, served to break the streak of two consecutive losses and recover the best feelings of the season.
91 – Casademont Zaragoza (13+25+28+25): Cook (2), Mobley (5), Yusta (9), Radoncic (7), Deon Thompson (14) -starting five- Bone (17), San Miguel (4), Vanwijn (9), Waczynski (19) and Hlinason (5).
78 – UCAM Murcia (22+26+12+18): Davis (2), Taylor (24), Czerapowicz (2), Webb (21), Lima (7) -starting five- Bellas (-), Malmanis (1), Radovic (8), McFadden (8), Cate ( 5), Rojas (-) and Vasileiadis (-).
Referees: Martin Caballero, Rafael Serrano and David Sanchez. Radovic (m.35) was excluded for personal reasons.
Incidents: match corresponding to the seventeenth day of the League played in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion in Zaragoza before 3,128 spectators.