ANDhe Gran Canaria got back on track in the ACB this Sunday, after overcoming a new parenthesis forced by covid-19 -which resulted in two games being postponed due to the contagion of four members of the squad- and signing a more than solvent victory against Urbas Fuenlabrada, which was diluted on the island as the minutes went by (79-60).

The return of the American John Shurna in the insular network -off for a month and a half after suffering from covid-19 and complicating his medical condition with pneumonia- was a more than important injection of spirits for the Porfi Fisac ??slate, also being the best of the match with his 15 points, 8 rebounds and 23 PIR.

Curiously, the people from Madrid took advantage of the errors in the first pitches and the losses in the forefront of the yellows, taking advantage of it Cheatham and Samar (4-8). However, the Claretians gradually improved their performance both in the trenches and in attack, increasing the pace and rotations (9-8 in the middle of the first quarter).

The island squad also sharpened their sights on the perimeter, which allowed them to get a five-point lead thanks to triples from Albicy and Brussino, although Cheatham adjusted the score at the end of a chameleon-like first quarter (17-14).

The reaction of Raventós’s pupils was then channeled into the success of Novak and Samar (23-20). From then on, the exchange of blows intensified, with kills by K. Diop and baskets in the paint by Stevic -on the local side- linked with penetrations by Novak and shots from the outside by Meindl (33-29).

After the break, the Khalifa and Ilimane Diop duo began to bear fruit in the area (44-35), compensating Ristic and Meindl especially in the free throws. However, it would be with a triple by Brussino when Gran Canaria would reach a ten lead (49-39), which once again set off alarms on the Fuenlabrada bench.

Raventós’ time-out did not serve as a sufficient incentive for his team. Ristic and Samar continued to contribute in attack, but the flow was not enough. Shurna began to forget about the long convalescence, while Brussino and Albicy continued to assume new stripes facing the hoop (61-46).

Already in the last quarter, the trickle intensified. Pustovyi was now the protagonist in the island ranks. He was trying to make up for Eyenga and Novak, though he was to no avail. At 3:33 for the conclusion, the distance already exceeded twenty (75-52). A 0-8 run from Fuenlabrada made it possible to stop the spill, even when the match was already ready for sentencing.

In the end, a soothing victory for Gran Canaria, which moves away from the lower zone and at the same time looks out for the noble Endesa League (79-60), while the Madrid team complicates its classification, flirting with the positions relegation with a new defeat.

Data sheet:

79. CB Gran Canaria (17+16+28+18): Albicy (13), Salvó (3), I.Diop (2), Ennis (8) and K. Diop (9) -initial team-; Brussino (17), Kramer (2), J. López (-), Pustovyi (6), Shurna (15), García (1) and Stevic (3).

60. Urbas Fuenlabrada (14+15+19+12): McCallum (2), Samar (11), Alexander (4), Meindl (8) and Cheatham (7) -starting team-; Novak (14), Milosavljevic (1), Bagayoko (3), Ristic (6), Lopez (-) and Eyenga (4)

Referees: Carlos Peruga, Rubén Sánchez Mohedas and Roberto Lucas. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-second day of the Endesa League played at the Gran Canaria Arena in front of 3,097 spectators.