Perfumerías Avenida’s first defeat in the league this season, something that was only achieved by Valencia BC last season in the first game of the final. And it is that the Spar Girona has improved remarkably since the start of the season. Good defensive capacity, a more physical squad and a player who has been a differential this Saturday like Rebeka Gardner (18 points and 11 rebounds). Victories on Saturday for other teams that are going to be more, such as Lointek Gernika and Movistar Estudiantes.
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The classic never disappoints. The Salamanca match faced an undefeated team in the League and dominant in Europe such as Perfumerías Avenida. And a Spar Girona that had five consecutive victories and a recital on the last day of the Euroleague. A very offensive first quarter in which Katie Lou Samuelson (25-18) stood out. A second for Girona with Rebeka Gardner in MVP mode (36-36). A third in which those of Alfred Julbe fell apart in attack (52-62). And a last quarter with victory at stake Laia Palau controlled the game to keep her distance and give a hand to the league.
A meeting that could have cost Perfumerías Avenida the one led alone if it had not been for the great wink of Cadí La Seu on Sunday morning. Because those of Bernat Canut returned to offer their best defensive version to recover from the defeat in Leganés with a valuable victory at home against Valencia Basket. A duel leveled for 39 minutes and that could well fall on the Valencian side when the fifth personal foul by Irati Etxarri and a 2 + 1 by Salvadores put those of Rubén Burgos ahead (min.37). But the Catalan team did not lower their arms to reach the last minute ahead enjoying a last ball in which Mikayla Pivec sentenced the game.
Previously, on Saturday afternoon-night, the Maloste Basque derby fell on the side of the locals, a Lointek Gernika that annulled the offensive weapons of Kutxabank Araski and that overtakes his rival in the standings to put himself in a good position facing the classification of the Copa de la Reina. Great game for Paula Ginzo (15 points) and key in the defense to Tanaya Atkinson. Movistar Estudiantes continues its progression and gets the fourth victory against Durán Maquinaria Ensino. Little by little he increased his advantage with a spectacular Laura Quevedo in the outside shot in a great third quarter.
Another of the great individual performances on Saturday was that of Mariam Coulibaly. The Mali center was an ordeal for the defense of Pajariel Bembibre, who could not get the fourth consecutive victory, although he left a good impression on Gasca. Coulibaly finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for a total of 34 PIR. Sika Koné’s performance in La Paterna (20 + 10) was also immense but the Canary Islands lost a game they had under control again. His executioner, an Innova TSN Leganés who escapes from the lower zone with the second consecutive victory.
The last surprise of the day was forged in Prince Felipe. Casademont Zaragoza did not have their day in shooting (3 of 15 in triples) and found themselves in front with a very solid Baxi Ferrol and with many offensive weapons (with Taylor Koenen as top scorer). Finally, the day closed with the victory of Campus Promete at Santiago Martín de Tenerife. An imperial Aina Ayuso led the operations. A great second quarter and the too many losses of Tenerife were key to the victory of the La Rioja.
LF ENDESA – DAY 10:
– IDK Euskotren vs Pajariel Bembibre (71-65) | MVP: M Coulibaly – 34 val.
– Lointek Gernika vs Kutxabank Araski (69-47) | MVP: P. Ginzo – 17 val.
– SPAR Gran Canaria vs Innova tsn Leganés (59-62) | MVP: S Koné – 26 val.
– Movistar Estudiantes vs Durán Maquinaria (73-57) | MVP: M. Gretter – 19 val.
– Avenida Perfumeries vs Spar Girona (69-77) | MVP: R. Gardner – 35 val.
– Cadí La Seu vs Valencia BC (64-60) | MVP: M. Gulich – 23 val.
– Casademont Zaragoza vs BAXI Ferrol (65-72) | MVP: S. Calhoun – 22 val
– Tenerife vs Campus Promete (70-81) | MVP: A. Ayuso – 30 val