It is still too early to establish favorites for direct promotion, but the first week of competition has been perfect for Movistar Estudiantes, Unicaja Banco Oviedo, EasyCharger Palencia and Cáceres World Heritage Sites. Day 5 has also left good feelings for Acunsa Gipuzkoa (18 triples in Valladolid), Leyma Coruña (brilliant victory in Granada), Melilla Sport Capital (taking a meritorious victory in Alicante) and Tau Castelló, which ended with Bàsquet’s unbeaten record. Girona.
FORECASTS: The pool of … Chumi Ortega (EasyCharger Palencia)
REPORTAGE: Nick Ward, the engine of a Leyma Coruña in MVP mode
FOLLOW-UP: Results – Schedule – Official Page
Movistar Estudiantes has had a perfect adaptation to the competition. This Sunday I had a difficult new visit, this time to Son Moix. The Palmer Alma Mediterránea of ??a great Máx Fjellerup dominated the first 20 minutes, but those of Jota Cuspinera seem to have one more march that they put back in the third quarter, in which they got a minimal advantage thanks to the triples of Nacho Martín and John Dee. Added to the victory was the good news of Felipe dos Anjos’ debut after the injury. 3-0 also for Unicaja Banco Oviedo, which has achieved a solvent victory in its visit to Prat with good shooting percentages and with Oliver Arteaga in great shape.
The EasyCharger Palencia is also leaving good feelings, which defeated CB Almansa with Afanion with a triple festival (14 of 25 attempts). The duo Prince Ali and Noah Allen was lethal for the La Mancha defense. The one who suffered to defend their unbeaten record is Cáceres, a World Heritage Site, which defeated Levitec Huesca in extra time thanks to the physical power of Benoit Mbala (23 points) and Romaric Belemene (16). Covirán Granada could not sign the third consecutive victory because they found a very powerful Leyma Coruña commanded by a Nick Ward who is being the most dominant pivot in the competition.
Tau Castelló also beat another undefeated team until this Sunday: a Girona Basketball that could not with the good work of Frederic Stutz and Jorge Bilbao. Melilla Sport Capital won in Alicante with greater success in the final minutes, while Acunsa Gipuzkoa riddled triples (18, four from the record) to UEMC Real Valladolid in the first half (38-56) and suffered to certify the victory in the last quarter.
Sunday October 17:
– TAU Castelló vs Bàsquet Girona 72-67 | MVP: Gonçalo Pereira (B. Girona)
– CB Prat vs Unicaja Banco Oviedo 62-91 | MVP: Oliver Arteaga (Unicaja Oviedo)
– HLA Alicante vs Melilla Sport Capital 75-78 | MVP: Gerel Simmons (HLA Alicante)
– CB Almansa with Afanion vs EasyCharger Palencia 75-96 | MVP: Noah Allen (EasyCharger)
– Cáceres P. Humanidad vs Levitec Huesca La Magia 90-83 | MVP: Benoit Mbala (Cáceres PH)
– Palmer Alma Mediterránea vs Movistar Estudiantes 70-73 | MVP: Pol Figueras (Palmer AM)
– Juaristi ISB vs ICG Força Lleida 86-91 | MVP: Michael Carrera (ICG Lleida)
– Covirán Granada vs Leyma Coruña 79-88 | MVP: Nick Ward (Leyma Coruña)
– UEMC Real Valladolid vs Acunsa Gipuzkoa 89-99 | MVP: Ben Simons (Acunsa Gipuzkoa)