They were facing one of the most complicated and demanding duels of the first round and they did it without the heat of the WiZink Center, but Movistar Estudiantes knew how to turn the Movistar Academy Magariños into a pressure cooker in which to defeat a direct rival like Leyma Coruña. A victory as valuable as the one achieved in Fontajau by a Bàsquet Girona led once again by Marc Gasol or as the one achieved in Melilla by an Acunsa Gipuzkoa who thus regained his pulse. CB Almansa took a breath by beating TAU Castelló at home on a Friday night in which ICG Força Lleida did not fail at home either.
Movistar Estudiantes managed to save the first match-ball of this final stretch of the first round after their victory on Friday night against a direct rival.
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The category leader suffered in order to maintain his privileged condition on a night that had begun marked by both injuries and the arrival of the team in Magariños. A duel that remained even for about 30 minutes given the intensity of a Leyma Coruña that came to have small incomes and that began to settle with the beginning of the last period. Because it was at that moment when the talented exterior of Johnny Dee and the weight under the hoops of Felipe dos Anjos was more than enough when it came to putting land in the middle against a rival who fell apart in the final bars (88-80) .
In this way, and while waiting for the duels of their pursuers, the Madrid team managed to prolong their status as leader of a table in which the ICG Força Lleida grows after their triumph at home against Levitec Huesca (100-81) and in the that Marc Gasol’s Bàsquet Girona is becoming a little more solid. A player who signed his third consecutive MVP with the entity and who was key in the conquest of a 3/3 with which he could look high (98-77).
And as the night seemed to be about important triumphs, CB Almansa decided to like themselves on the Municipal floor in front of nothing more and nothing less than a whole TAU Castelló. A duel resolved with a certain comfort in favor of Rubén Perelló’s men and that thus provided oxygen to the La Mancha team (94-65). For its part, Acunsa Gipuzkoa did not fail at home during their visit to a Melilla Municipal where they regained a large part of their confidence thanks to the success of the outside game (71-79). And on Saturday a single duel was played, the one that faced a young CB Prat against a World Heritage Site Cáceres who took advantage of the experience in the final minutes to win a match that was marked by the physical duel in Ibarguen and Mbala.
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – DAY 12:
– Bàsquet Girona vs Palmer Mediterranean Soul (98-77) | MVP: M. Gasol – 31 val.
– Melilla Sport Capital vs Acunsa Gipuzkoa (71-79) | MVP: B. Simons – 25 val.
– CB Almansa with Afanion vs TAU Castelló (94-65) | MVP: J. Nesbitt – 22 val.
– ICG Força Lleida vs Levitec Huesca (100-81) | MVP: I. Rosa – 29 val.
– Movistar Estudiantes vs Leyma Coruña (88-80) | MVP: N Djurisic – 33 val.
– CB Prat vs Cáceres P. Humanidad (72-80) | Mvp: B Mbala – 22 val
– Juaristi ISB vs UEMC Real Valladolid
– HLA Alicante vs Covirán Granada
– Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs EasyCharger Palencia