A double of local wins on a Friday night in which TAU Castelló and ICG Força Lleida liked each other in front of their respective fans to be able to put a new victory in their respective locker. Two victories that inaugurated a day in which Movistar Estudiantes did not fail in the debut of Diego Epifanio and in which Palmer Alma Mediterránea launched a new order for permanence.
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TAU Castelló continues to grow in the competition after a Friday night in which Toni Ten’s men gave their fans one of their best games of the season. Because the Castellón people liked themselves against a Cáceres P. Humanity who arrived at the Ciutar willing to surprise through a good start to the match, but who began to give way after passing through the changing rooms due to the offensive push of the locals. A step forward that led TAU Castelló to forcefully take control of the match against a Cáceres who was overwhelmed in defense and who said goodbye to any chance of victory in a final period in which the locals went up to 39 point scored to leave the victory in his locker (104-84).
A result as valuable as the one achieved at the Espai Fruita Barris Nord by an ICG Força Lleida team that beat EasyCharger Palencia by the minimum with more than 4,000 spectators in its stands. A decisive factor in being able to contain the reaction of Pedro Rivero’s team in a final stretch in which they were about to be able to sign a historic comeback. But the team from Lleida is a really solid block in their fief led by Michael Carrera and driven by their stands. Thus, Gerard Find’s men achieved a key victory when it came to establishing themselves among the top three classifieds (82-81).
On Saturday afternoon, Palmer Alma Mediterránea was the great winner of the night with a valuable away victory over CB Almansa. A triumph with which they prevented the La Mancha from being able to certify a permanence to which the Balearic Islands will continue to opt and which they will look at head-on throughout the last days of competition (80-87). In this way, Palmer AM Palma took full advantage of the defeat of CB Prat in their fiefdom against an intractable UEMC Real Valladolid that continues to grow in the table since the arrival of Pazo García on their bench (68-75). Although it didn’t go too bad for a Leyma Coruña that maintains its upward trajectory after having been able to pull off a demanding match at the Pedro Ferrándiz against HLA Alicante (66-79).
For its part, on Sunday morning Movistar Estudiantes won in Diego Epifanio’s first match as coach of the Madrid team. A duel resolved without trouble by the schoolboys against an Acunsa Gipizkoa for which the classification for the Playoffs is complicated day after week (87-65). In parallel, Melilla Sport Capital let an important opportunity pass on its track when it comes to being able to close a permanence that will have to wait after the victory of a Levitec Huesca that has acquired cruising speed in the final stretch of the competition (87- 65).
Although the big surprise of the day was yet to come with the defeat of the leader Covirán Granada in his visit to Azpeitia. A game in which Pablo Pin’s men did not feel comfortable from the first bars, suffering a severe blow after passing through the locker room. Thus, the locals gained confidence to close the match in a last quarter that was a new impetus towards permanence. All this on a day in which Basquet Girona took its umpteenth step forward since the arrival of Marc Gasol with a solid match against Unicaja Banco Oviedo (99-74).
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 30:
– TAU Castelló vs Cáceres P. Humanity (104-84) | MVP: J. Bilbao – 25
– ICG Força Lleida vs EasyCharger Palencia (82-81) | MVP: M. Career – 25 val.
– CB Prat vs UEMC Real Valladolid (68-75) | MVP: A. Wintering – 31 val.
– HLA Alicante vs. Leyma Coruña (66-79) | MVP: M. Soluade – 25 val.
– CB Almansa with Afanion vs Palmer AM Palma (80-87) | MVP: T. Pavelka – 23 val.
– Movistar Students vs. Acunsa Gipuzkoa (87-65) | MVP: A. Esteinarson – 20 val.
– Melilla Sport Capital vs. Levitec Huesca (62-74) | MVP: J. Garcia – 21 val.
– Juaristi ISB vs Covirán Granada (74-62) | MVP: M. Niang – 20 val.
– Basketball Girona vs Unicaja Banco Oviedo (99-74) | MVP: M. Fjellerup – 21 val.