ANDhe Lenovo Tenerife took the victory against Morabanc Andorra (79-70) in a duel that the people of Tenerife dominated from the beginning against a rival who never found their place on the pitch, although they were in the game until the end.
Sixth victory for the aurinegros who are still in the top eight and with many options to be in the Copa del Rey, a first goal they have in mind, but they know that there is still a lot to work on to achieve it. Against Morabanc they came out with intensity and, although they did not find the possibility of scoring from outside, in the first quarter, they did manage to attack the area and mark differences.
Highlight the phenomenal work of the group in defense and that it did not allow the Andorran team to “disturb” on the scoreboard. A Morabanc Andorra that lacked confidence and concentration in many phases of the clash and that prevented him from being closer to his opponent.
From the first moments of the crash, the Lenovo Tenerife marked differences, advantages that were based on the best interior game. And is that the first fourteen points scored by the Tenerife team in this first quarter were under the basket.
Morabanc Andorra was very clear about Lenovo’s potential from the outside and pressed the front line with force, from the direction of such important players as Salin or Doornekamp, ??but it allowed advantages within the area where both Guerra and Wiltjer did not forgive, as well as the incursions of Fitipaldo and Doornekamp.
Ibón Navarro, Morabanc Andorra coach, decided to change the point guard and one of his inside men in search of giving greater stability to the game, but the team could not find a solution to attack and, furthermore, it continued to grant opportunities to its rival under the basket.
In the second quarter the advantages were increasing with an Andorra that was desperate because he could not find a basket and that caused a small disorder in defense that was used by the Txus Vidorreta quintet to start scoring also from outside. Sastre would score a triple to make it 26-12 and Salin with another, 31-12.
Ibón Navarro’s time out to reorganize his team and come out more focused and orderly. Jelinek, with five consecutive points, would bring his team closer to the scoreboard (31-17) and Nakic would put the 31-20. Partial 0-8 for Andorra and a dead time for Vidorreta to stop these successes.
The break was reached with a 35-22, an important advantage for Lenovo Tenerife, but not decisive against an Andorra that so far was not successful in attack or defense, but which was expected a reaction.
After the break, a small reaction from Morabanc Andorra, a reaction that lasted a short time (38-26). Wiltjer took the offensive command of his team and with two triples he put the differences back on the scoreboard.
Andorra could not maintain stability in their game and this was again taken advantage of by the locals to increase the differences and have an advantage of 19 points (59-40) in the 29th minute and of twenty (64-44) at the term of the third quarter.
It seemed that the game already had a winning team, Lenovo Tenerife, but Morabanc Andorra took their pride out and tried to clean up the scoreboard and almost gave Tenerife a scare. Diagnos scored a 2 + 1 and five consecutive points from Miller-Mcienter would put the team at 0-8 (64-52). Txus Vidorreta stopped the game to organize his team and no longer allowed the rival to do significant damage.
79. Lenovo Tenerife (21 + 14 + 29 + 15). Fitipaldo (6), Salin (6), Doornekamp (5), Guerra (11), Wiltjer (16) -initial-, Shermadini (3), Sergio Rodríguez (-), Sastre (13), Huertas (15) and Suleijmanovic (4).
70. Morabanc Andorra (8 + 14 + 22 + 26). Hannah (11), Crawford (3), Noua (4), Pauli (4), Olumuyiwa (-) -initial-, Nakic (3), Diagne (5), Llovet (-), Jelinek (18), Morgan ( 2), Arteaga (-) and Miller-Mcintyre (20).
Referees: Cortés, Serrano and González. They indicated technique to Salin (min.25), Doornekamp (min.38) and Miller-Mcinter (min.33), who was disqualified. They eliminated Salin for fouls (min.36).
Incidents: Santiago Martín Sports Pavilion, in front of some two thousand five hundred people.