ANDhe UCAM Murcia, with a final gale starring especially Thad McFadden, has taken an important step to gain access to the qualifying rounds for the Endesa League title by beating Gran Canaria, a direct rival in that fight, 86-75.

The university students are still seventh in the standings, now with 15 wins and 12 losses, and they have a victory and also the particular duel with respect to the ninth, which is precisely the insular team, the reference thinking of achieving the objective it pursues.

UCAM CB prevailed over an opponent in which Nico Brussino stood out, the match’s top scorer with 22 points and six three-pointers converted out of the seven he attempted.

Against the Argentine McFadden he replied in the closing stages with another three triples that were absolutely decisive to conclude with 18 points and lead the Grana attack.

Facing an opponent who came with a good run of six wins in their last eight league games and who they already beat in the first round by 83-100, Sito Alonso’s men gave a tremendous feeling of solidity and hunger.

From the start, the aggressiveness and fast game of the home team prevailed and with Isaiah Taylor in charge and scoring seven points in five minutes they showed their intentions (15-6).

The meeting had a clear dominator until Brussino warmed up his wrist.

The albiceleste, showing his power with the triples, led to a 5-16 run, but the Murcians responded with a 5-0 that allowed them to take the initiative on the scoreboard again and finish the first quarter three points up (25-22). ).

The fourth three-pointer converted by Brussino gave the Las Palmas team their first advantage in the match, at 28-29.

It was then that Tomás Bellas came to the rescue of the Murcians and the former Gran Canaria player, replying with three triples, was key for his team to win again with 40-32.

The second half began with six points up for the home team (42-36), but that lead disappeared (51-52) after an intentional foul on Sadiel Rojas for elbowing AJ Slaughter, who had to retire due to shock in the face when he was already playing with a mask due to a previous fracture. The action was claimed as disqualifying but the referees, after seeing it repeated, punished it only as unsportsmanlike.

The contest would remain even in the 30th minute (64-62) and, with thick attacks, until the middle of the last period with the tension increasing.

Everything indicated that the outcome would be tight, but McFadden insisted that it not be so, making his personality clear when until then he was playing a discreet game and signed a 0/5 in triples.

The defensive intensity of UCAM CB, which led to the recovery of several balls, and three three-pointers by McFadden in just two minutes, the last of them on the counterattack, and a subsequent mate by Chris Czerapowicz also in transition, made it 80-66 which left the clash practically sentenced to three minutes for the conclusion of a match in which Sito Alonso’s men overwhelmed their opponent being much more plugged in at the beginning and at the end.

Match sheet:

86. UCAM Murcia Basketball Club (25+17+22+22): Taylor (11), Davis (13), Rojas (5), Webb (6) and Lima (8) -starting five-, Bellas (15), Radovic (5), McFadden (18), Cate (-), Czerapowicz (5) and Vasileiaidis (-).

75. Gran Canaria (22+14+26+13): Albicy (2), Slaughter (5), Shurna (10), Stevic (2) and Pustovyi (2) -initial five-, Balcerowski (2), Salvó (4), Brussino (22), Khalifa Diop (13), Cherry (13).

Referees: Carlos Cortés Rey, Alberto Sánchez Sixto and Carlos Merino Campos. They eliminated the local Lima for 5 personal fouls (m.39).

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-eighth day of the Endesa Basketball League that was played at the Palacio de los Deportes de Murcia before 4,939 spectators.