Covirán Granada is a little more leader and, with this, it will depend solely on itself in its fight for direct promotion. All this after a weekend in which Pablo Pin’s men have prevailed over Movistar Estudiantes in Madrid, even appropriating the direct average.
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With 103 points scored and a great night from beyond 6.75, TAU Castelló has given its public one of those victories that make fans. A great meeting with which to start a day in which the people from Castellón had to work hard to beat Palmer Alma Mediterránea. And that the azulejeros came to have comfortable rents in a match in which the Balearic squad did not finish giving their arm to twist. Especially in the last quarter in which Pol Figueras’ leadership and Pavelka’s centimeters prevented Toni Ten’s men from closing the game. But Joan Faner’s ability to unclog the game in the final minutes was decisive for the victory to stay at home (103-98). It was somewhat easier for an ICG Força Lleida that burst onto the Barris Nord court with a devastating first quarter to handcuff an Acunsa Gipuzkoa who had a hard time rejoining the match. A goal that Aitor Zubizarreta sought again and again from the direction against a rival who was flying in fast lap during the second half at the hands of a decisive Michael Carrera in the hot moments of the game (96-84).
Although if there was a starter in the first matches of the day, that one came from Pumarín where the defeat of Levitec Huesca La Magia cost the team from Huesca relegation. A farewell that comes after more than a decade in a competition in which they could not add positively in such a complicated scenario. A full-fledged Unicaja Banco Oviedo took charge of this in the early stages of the game to make a difference with a first quarter that reduced options for Carlos Lanau’s men. From that moment on, the match turned uphill against a rival launched for victory and against whom they could not avoid the feared relegation (91-73). Saturday afternoon was completed with the close victory of CB Almansa against Afanion in an offensive duel at El Prat del Llobregat. A clash in which Rubén Perelló’s men took another step forward through the success of a very solid perimeter on both sides of the track (85-88).
It was, on Sunday morning, when the most anticipated duel of the weekend arrived, a complete train wreck between the top two finishers and that was going to mean the reissue of the Princess Cup Final at the Wizink Center. A match in which Covirán Granada entered the court much more focused on its objective compared to the previous duel and in which the Nasrids were able to assume the first advantages of the clash. It was the entrance of Urtasun, the MVP cupbearer, who began to damage his rival through his penetrations, well supported by the solidity of Felipe dos Anjos under the hoops. In this way, the match entered a final stage of equality that began to remind us of the previous Saturday, but this time with a different fortune for the visitors thanks to an accurate triple by Lluis Costa. Thus, the victory went up to the locker of a Covirán Granada that was left alone at the top of the table with a victory advantage and the average over the Madrid team (68-70).
The weekend closed on Sunday afternoon with three games that were not without emotion and in which Bàsquet Girona took another step forward, cutting a victory over EasyCharger Palencia for fourth place. A game in which Marc Gasol was once again decisive and in which the people of Palencia could do little against the work of a team that knew how to control the pace of the game and generate play to surprise through different offensive options (89-72). For its part, Leyma Coruña took another step forward, in this case towards the Playoffs, with a valuable win against Melilla Sport Capital in which Rafa Monclova made his unsuccessful debut as head of the Ciudad Autónoma bench. A duel in which Rakocevic’s leadership was not entirely sufficient against a rival who knew how to impose his physical game (72-80). Finally, Cáceres P. Humanity continues to dream of the Playoffs after a meritorious victory in Azpeitia against a Juaristi ISB that was in tow in a match in which the Basques did not feel comfortable on the court (53-75).
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 28:
– TAU Castelló vs Palmer AM Palma (103-98) | MVP: C. Hermanson – 24 val.
– ICG Força Lleida vs. Acunsa Gipuzkoa (96-84) | MVP: M. Carrera – 26 val.
– CB Prat vs CB Almansa with Afanion (85-88) | MVP: K. Bercy – 23 val.
– Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs. Levitec Huesca (91-73) | MVP: K. Lundqvist – 29 val.
– Movistar Students vs Covirán Granada (68-70) | MVP: K. Larsen – 17 val.
– Basketball Girona vs EasyCharger Palencia (89-72) | MVP: M. Gasol – 31 val.
– Juaristi ISB vs. Cáceres P. Humanity (53-75) | MVP: D. Dukan – 20 val.
– Melilla Sport Capital vs. Leyma Coruña (72-80) | MVP: N. Rakocevic – 23 val.
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