ORThe great Marcelinho Huertas led the victory of Lenovo Tenerife against Monbús Obradoiro (86-83) in a duel of great equality and that was decided in a better control of the game of the team from Tenerife in the final stretch of the clash.

No one could beat the Brazilian point guard today -33 points, seven assists and 38 PIR credits- and from the first moments he was the one who began to make a difference in his team, directing and scoring at decisive moments, but also giving basket passes to his companions. But the island team had a hard time controlling and winning the game.

Huertas alone was not enough and despite the fact that he was initially able to keep his team in the game, the truth is that Monbus Obradoiro worked very well defensively, taking good advantage of his second shots under the basket, although perhaps he lacked continuity.

The Galician team showed their potential and initially dominated the clash thanks to their exterior successes and their more success in the interior game with a Robertson capable of alerting the entire local defense.

Both teams started by taking good care of their defenses, working hard at the back and waiting for the rival’s mistake to try to start controlling the game. They didn’t have it easy, but it was Moncho Fernández’s team who took the most advantage of the situation, after taking advantage of their offensive rebounds and the accuracy of their outside shot.

After an initial 0-4, Lenovo, led by Marcelinho Huertas, began to react and did not allow their rival to go on the scoreboard. He was not fine in his outside shots, but they took advantage of the inside game and the medium distance shots.

With 16-19, the end of the first ten minutes was reached with two teams that could not find their place on the track. Well the Obradoiro taking advantage of his inside game and a Lenovo Tenerife that with its very vertical attacks stayed in the game.

In the second quarter the local game improved. For now he found Wiltjer more successful outside. But at the beginning of this second quarter Okouose became the owner of the area scoring three important consecutive baskets (22-27).

Wiltjer’s appearance was a game changer for the team. Two of his triples put his team back on the scoreboard (30-29 and 33-31) and, from then on, a Lenovo Tenerife was much more focused and better placed on the pitch.

After the break, a better team from Tenerife was seen, they played with more ease and were able to run more, which translated into beginning to control the scoreboard and the game. They came to have advantages of up to eleven points (59-48, min.28) after a triple by Bruno Fitipaldo, ending the third quarter with a 64-56.

An intense last quarter was expected and despite the difference in the electronic score, Obradoiro was not going to give up. And it was so because the Galician team, with a very inspired Robertson -23 points at the end of the match- pushed their team forward until they tied the match again at 68 (min34).

Again Huertas would take control of the clash and seven points from the Brazilian point guard meant that the match would once again have a clear dominator (75-68). In the last four minutes, Lenovo Tenerife knew how to handle the match better and, although the rival pushed with force, the truth is that they managed to maintain clear differences to be able to finish the clash with victory (86-83).

86.Lenovo Tenerife (16+24+24+22). Huertas (33), Salin (-), Rodríguez (1), Doornekamp (6), Shermadini (9) -initial-, Borg (-), Sulejmanovic (-), Fitipaldo (14), Wiltjer (16), Guerra ( 3) and Tailor (4).

83. Monbus Obradoiro 83 (19+16+21+27). Robertson (23), Hubbs (2), Scrubb (11), Ellenson (6), Birutis (12) -initial-, Vicedo (10), Okouo (8), Zurbriggen (4), Oliver(-), Beliauskas ( 7) and Huguet (-)

Referees: Jimenez, Sanchez Sixto and Garcia

Incidents: Santiago Martín Sports Pavilion, before some four thousand five hundred people.

Via Marca.com