In a great night of basketball, the ICG Força Lleida has been the main protagonist of a day in which the Catalans have prevailed over Movistar Estudiantes to confirm their great moment of form. A result that Covirán Granada did not miss out on to reaffirm their status as leaders after beating UEMC Real Valladolid.
PHOTOS: Image gallery of the day on Flickr FEB
FORECASTS: 5/8 in the pool of… Arnau Parrado (CB Prat)
REPORTAGE: Marc Peñarroya and the talent of an heir with his own history
REPORTAGE: Marc Gasol and the intimate enemies of those summer nights
FOLLOW-UP: Results – Calendar – Official website
It was one of the most anticipated matches of the day and it was not for less since ICG Força Lleida and Movistar Estudiantes offered a great show on the Barris Nord pitch. A competitive duel in which both teams poured their best on the track to try to impose a pace of play that began to take on local color when Thomas Schreiner shined his hat. But his good work throughout the second quarter was just the beginning of a night in which Michael Carrera soon joined the party from Lleida so that his team took the lead after the break, controlling small gains that were more than enough. Because Movistar Estudiantes could do little at the end of the match in which their rival’s confidence ended up tipping the balance (81-75).
Although that was not the only surprise of a night in which CB Prat achieved the third consecutive victory by beating EasyCharger Palencia at home. A duel even at the beginning and with constant alternation on the scoreboard and in which the physical work of the visitors did not take long to bear fruit to finish off the victory in a great last quarter for the Catalan team (74-83). In this way, Josep María Berrocal’s team added an extra dose of pepper to a night with two more victories away from home, this time in extra time and after two comebacks. In the case of Palmer AM Palma after investing in the last quarter the small income that Melilla Sport Capital had had and, in the case of TAU Castelló after a great comeback against a Levitec Huesca that came to have the game in their hands seeing 12 above. But a brave triple by Hermanson in the last Castellón attack and with 1/11 in his personal locker, ended up taking the game to extra time in which the Castellón team did not fail (93-94).
The night had started from Riazor with a soothing victory for a Leyma Coruña that recovered sensations before their fans by beating a Cáceres P. Humanity that could do little against the ambition of the local team (74-55).
Although it was on Saturday afternoon when Movistar Estudiantes learned of the real magnitude of their defeat since Covirán Granada did not fail in their duel against UEMC Real Valladolid to reinforce their status as leaders. Because Pablo Pin’s men did not fail in their feud against a Valladolid team that resisted during the first half to begin to give ground after passing through the changing rooms. Although it was not until the last quarter when the Nasrid direction and the weight of their interior players finished breaking the clash (89-75). Minutes before, the HLA Alicante had managed to make up for the last results in a big way with a solid victory in the always difficult Pumarín court. A match dominated from start to finish by Gonzalo García de Vitoria’s team led by Matulionis and Simmons (54-77).
In the last duel at stake, Acunsa Gipuzkoa also did not fail in front of their public on a Sunday afternoon in which the people from San Sebastian offered their best version. Thus, Lolo Encinas’ team did not give a chance to a CB Almansa that could not contain the offensive strength of a rival in which six players exceeded the barrier of 10 points scored, which made Bercy’s efforts useless to be able to re-enlist his team to the match (101-78).
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 18:
– Leyma Coruña vs Cáceres P. Humanity (74-55) | MVP: B. Mbala – 19 val.
– Melilla Sport Capital vs Palmer AM Palma (82-89) | MVP: W. Van Beck – 23 val.
– ICG Força Lleida vs. Movistar Students (81-75) | MVP: T. Schreiner – 26 val
– EasyCharger Palencia vs. CB Prat (74-83) | MVP: A. Ibarguen – 22 val.
– Levitec Huesca La Magia vs TAU Castelló (93-94) | MVP: X. King – 34 val.
– Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs. HLA Alicante (54-77) | MVP: G. Simmons – 28 val.
– Covirán Granada vs UEMC Real Valladolid (89-75) | MVP: M. Niang – 21 val.
– Acunsa Gipuzkoa vs CB Almansa with Afanion (101-78) | MVP: K Bercy – 25 val.
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