It was, without any doubt, the big game on Saturday night with an intense battle resolved only in overtime. A duel in which Covirán Granada made it to the semifinals against Real Murcia who came to have the game in his hand and could not impose the leadership of Jaron Martin on the society formed by Lluis Costa and Alex Murphy on the local side.


It will take a long time to forget the Nasrid fans the match played last Saturday night in Granada, for the pass of his team to the semifinals, but above all, for the 45 minutes of excitement and spectacle with which both teams entertained the respectable (101-95).

A night that led four of its members to the ideal quintet of the day where three of them will share MVP status after a duel in which they signed value tables with a total of 25 credits.

The first of them, a regular at the top of the valuation ranking, a Lluis Costa (Covirán Granada) intractable also in playoffs and who signed 17 points (6/7 TL and 5/11 TC), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 recoveries and 5 fouls received keys to the Nasrid triumph.

Numbers with which he contributed to the growth of one of his wardrobe mates, a Alex Murphy (Covirán Granada) author of 21 points (2/4 TL and 7/12 TC), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 recovery and 2 fouls received with which to round off the pass to the semifinals.

Two decisive players and who found their main opponent in the figure of a Jaron Martin (Real Murcia) that he may well have celebrated a pass that escaped despite his 31 points (3/3 TL and 12/22 TC), 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 fouls received.

Anecdotal section:

I had already conquered Lluis Costa (Covirán Granada) an award as MVP back in matchday 4 and he had done the same Jaron Martin (Real Murcia) in 17, but none of them had to share the award with another player or, as will happen in this case, with two others after the arrival of Alex Murphy (Covirán Granada). An unusual event in the competition that became a reality already this season with the award shared on matchday 3 by up to 3 players: Pedro Llompart (HLA Alicante), Elijah Brow (Liberbank Oviedo) and Zohore Bergstedt (HLA Alicante). Although the temporality of that award did not become definitive given the final assault of Patrick Onwenu (Levitec Huesca) to the valuation ranking in the game postponed to his team.

The quintet of the day in the LEB Oro:

There were three matches played throughout the third day, but one that captured a large part of the attention since four of the most outstanding players of the weekend arrived from the parquet of the Palacio de los Deportes in Granada.

The first of them, the usual one, a Lluis Costa (Covirán Granada) who returned to add from the base position to lead a team in which he managed to be the main generator of the game for his teammates. Why so much Alex Murphy (Covirán Granada) at four like Bamba Fall (Covirán Granada) at five they became indispensable pieces to be able to certify the pass of his team to the semifinals.

A great prize that could well have gone to a Jaron Martin (Real Murcia Basketball) whose team had a winning ball in regulation time, but the Murcian exterior had to settle for its presence in an ideal quintet that was closed with the arrival of Adam Sollazo (Breogán River) from Lugo.

Lluis Costa (Covirán Granada) 25 val: 17 points (6/7 TL and 5/11 TC), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 recoveries and 5 fouls received.
Shooting guard: Jaron Martin (Real Murcia Basketball) 25 val: 31 points (3/3 TL and 12/22 TC), 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 fouls received.
Eaves: Adam Sollazo (Breogán River) 21 val: 16 points (3/4 TL and 5/7 TC), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 recoveries and 6 fouls received.
Power-Wing: Alex Murphy (Covirán Granada) 25 val: 21 points (2/4 TL and 7/12 TC), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 recovery and 2 fouls received.
Pivot: Bamba Fall (Covirán Granada) 23 val: 18 points (4/6 TL and 7/12 TC), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 4 received fouls

Season statistics
– Lluis Costa:

Played games: 30
Minutes: 28.24 pp
Points: 13.2 pp
Rebounds: 4 pp
Assists: 4.2 pp
Recoveries: 1.2 pp
Caps: 0.1 pp
Fouls received: 4.1 pp
Rating: 16.9 pp

Season statistics
– Jaron Martin:

Played games: 18
Minutes: 23.41 pp
Points: 11.9 pp
Rebounds: 2.3 pp
Assists: 2.8 pp
Recoveries: 1.3 pp
Plugs: — pp
Fouls received: 2.4 pp
Rating: 11.8 pp

Season statistics
– Alex Murphy:

Played games: 30
Minutes: 24.32 pp
Points: 11.5 pp
Rebounds: 3.6 pp
Assists: 1.6 pp
Recoveries: 0.7 pp
Caps: 0.1 pp
Fouls received: 2 pp
Rating: 10.8 pp

Sports career – Lluis Costa:

Categories Inf: CB Sant Just, CB Cornellá and FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona (Junior)
2011/12: FC Barcelona (LEB Silver)
2012/14: CB Peñas Huesca (LEB Gold)
2014/15: Ford Burgos (LEB Gold)
2015/16: CB Peñas Huesca (LEB Gold)
2015/16: ICL Manresa (Endesa League)
2016/17: ICL Manresa (Endesa League)
2017/18: ICL Manresa (LEB Gold)
2018/19: Real Betis Energía Plus (LEB Gold)
2019/20: Debreceni Egyetem (Hungary)
2019/20: Barça B (LEB Silver)
2020/21: Covirán Granada (LEB Gold)

International career – Lluis Costa:

2009: European U16 Lithuania (Gold Medal)
2010: Singapore Youth Games (8th place)
2010: U17 World Cup Germany (10th place)
2013: European U20 Latvia (Bronze Medal)

Sports career
– Jaron Martin:

Training: Chaminade High School (USA)

2013/17: California University (NCAA – USA)
2017/18: Panthers of Aguascalientes (LNB – Mexico)

Frayles de Guasave (LNB – Mexico)
2018/19: Santos de San Luis (LNB – Mexico)
2018/19: Gigantes de Jalisco (LNB – Mexico)
2019/20: Dorados de Chihuahua (LNB – Mexico)
2019/20: Tampico Hurricanes (LNB – Mexico)
2020/21: Fuerza Regia (LNB – Mexico)
2020/21: Real Murcia Basketball (LEB Gold)

Sports career
– Alex Murphy:

Training: South Kingstown High School (USA)

DukeUniversity (NCAA – USA)
2014/16: Florida State University (NCAA – USA)
2016/17: Northeastern Huskies (NCAA – USA)
2017/18: Joensuun Kataja (Korisliiga – Finland)
2018/19: Szolnoki Olaj KK (A Division – Hungary)
2019/20: Delteco Gipuzkoa (LEB Gold)
2020/21: Covirán Granada (LEB Gold)

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