Night of celebration for the UEMC Real Valladolid that culminated the dream of the Playoffs with the conquest in Palma of its seventh consecutive victory. A victory that, together with the cruel defeat of TAU Castelló in their fiefdom, exchanged their places on a night in which the great fight came for the last relegation place where the victories of CB Almansa and Juaristi ISB annulled the triumph of a CB Prat that fell like this to the LEB Plata.
PLAYOFFS: This will be the fight for the second place for promotion to the Endesa League
PHOTOS: The best images of the day in the Flickr FEB Gallery
FORECASTS: 4/8 in La Quiniela… by Guillem Arcos (HLA Alicante)
FOLLOW-UP: Results – Calendar – Official page
The champion Covirán Granada took the Multiusos after a week of intense celebrations but, despite this, Pablo Pin’s men knew how to put their best version on the track during the first half in which they came to see themselves ahead. But his rival’s need to win seemed to prevail in a second half in which Cáceres P. Humanity went all out to certify a historic victory for the entity with which to fully enter the fight for promotion (88-86 ). A path that was followed in parallel by the last guest of the final phase, a UEMC Real Valladolid who knew how to prevail in his visit to Palmer AM Palma, thus adding the seventh consecutive with which to present his candidacy (watch video) on a night that was going to end up being epic for the people of Valladolid (74-93).
But Paco García’s men lacked a combo in their equation with the defeat of a TAU Castelló that ended up confirming their exit from the Playoff positions with a cruel defeat at the Ciutat. Because Toni Ten’s men saw the victory slip away in the last second of extra time against Acunsa Gipuzkoa (92-93) on a night full of emotions. Especially for a Movistar Estudiantes that recovered sensations at the Movistar Academy with Felipe dos Anjos flying over the hoops (watch video) in a duel with which to break, against Unicaja Oviedo, their losing streak (68-63).
With less trouble, he resolved in his favor a Bàsquet Girona that was able to take advantage of Marc Gasol’s inertia on the HLA Alicante court (67-75) on a night in which the real gale came in the fight for permanence.
First with a solid victory for CB Prat against Levitec Huesca La Magia (96-60) that brought the potableba closer to a permanence (watch video), which dissolved just a few minutes later. Because Juaristi ISB was able to come from behind in their fief against Zunder Palencia to sign an epic end to the match in which the local fans turned to their team (watch video) to certify the permanence together (88-85).
Although it was the end of Almansa that determined what was going to happen. Because there, a complete three-pointer 10″ from the end by Josep Pérez (watch video) blew up a candy box that put CB Almansa in positions of permanence by beating a Leyma Coruña that could not save the victory. In this way, CB Prat fell to the LEB Plata along with Palmer AM Palma and Levitec Huesca La Magia.
Already on Saturday afternoon, Melilla Sport Capital was able to close the season with good feelings in what was the last game of the Regular League. A clash in which it was ICG Força Lleida who started out in command during a first half dominated by Shaquille Cleare (watch video) before the locals claimed their dose of prominence. Especially in a last quarter in which fatigue made an appearance in the people of Lleida to open a new path for a Melilla team that, led by Adrián Chapela, achieved the comeback to add the last of the year (74-60).
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 34:
– Palmer Alma Mediterránea vs UEMC R. Valladolid (74-93) | MVP: D. Gilbert – 19 val.
– Cáceres World Heritage vs Covirán Granada (88-86) | MVP: M. Diaz – 19 val.
– CB Almansa with Afanion vs Leyma Coruña (83-79) | MVP: E. Polanco – 33 val.
– Tau Castelló vs. Acunsa Gipuzkoa (92-93) | MVP: A. Steinarson – 31 val.
– CB Prat vs Levitec Huesca (96-60) | MVP: T.Krockett – 27 val.
– Juaristi ISB vs. Zunder Palencia (88-85) | MVP: S. Mud – 25 val.
. HLA Alicante vs Basketball Girona (67-75) | MVP: M. Gasol – 26 val.
– Movistar Students vs. Unicaja Oviedo (68-63) | MVP: I. Creek – 21 val
– Melilla Sport Capital vs ICG Força Lleida (74-60) | MVP: A. Chapela – 17 val.