COMMUNICATION AREA FEB

They started with a small step ahead of their rivals given their status as locals and neither Zunder Palencia nor Bàsquet Girona missed out on such a valuable factor on the opening night. Because both teams knew how to pull the support from the stands in the most difficult moments of two matches in which Unicaja Banco Oviedo and Leyma Coruña resisted until the end. Something similar happened on Friday night with the close victories of Movistar Estudiantes and ICG Força Lleida against their respective fans.

FORECASTS: 3/4 in The pool of… Jorge Sanz (Cáceres P. Humanity)

PHOTOS: The best images of the day in the Flickr FEB Gallery

TV: The whole day, on LaLigaSports.tv

TRACING: Results – Calendar – Official page

It was expected that the great interior duel between Marc Gasol and Nick Ward could be the main focus of attention in Fontajau on opening night, but the hope on the track was short lived. Because the two early personal fouls committed by the interior of Leyma Coruña took their toll on his team. A handicap that forced his teammates to multiply in defensive tasks against the inside game of a Bàsquet Coruña in which Karamo Jawara claimed a more than deserved dose of prominence (watch video). With this, Jordi Sagartal’s team was able to assume command in the electronics with small gains that invited contained optimism at half-time against a rival that did not give up ground despite the local attacks (32-29). But that Galician resistance began to fade after passing through the locker room before the growing push of a Bàsquet Girona driven by the stands and who took a slice of their inside game. With this, the locals reached the final stretch with a comfortable income that was more than enough to contain Mo Soluade’s comeback attempts (watch video). Especially, with the good final hand of a Marc Gasol who brought serenity when it came to being able to certify the first point of the series (74-66 / 1-0).

Who did not fail either was a Zunder Palencia who was able to overcome an irregular start to the game in which Unicaja Banco Oviedo came to enjoy an income of up to 15 points in his favor. A whole declaration of intent that began to lose its effect in a matter of minutes and at the hands of an intractable Dani Rodríguez in the direction with actions that were gradually wearing down the Asturians (watch video). Quite a starter for Zunder Palencia to recover their way to reach the locker room tunnel ahead on the scoreboard (38-34). With this inertia, everything began to turn face for the interests of Pedro Rivero’s men against a rival who was beginning to miss his star Oli Arteaga (low due to injury) and in which the impulses of Jeff Xavier or Kabasele were not quite enough to be able to reverse his luck. Especially before the push from the triple by a Juan Rubio author of four triples that left the match very much in his favor. Despite this, Natxo Lezkano’s men held on until the last play where a basket by Mou Barro after an offensive rebound (watch video) ended up leaving the first victory at home (76-71 / 1-0).

Already on Friday night, nearly 7,000 spectators gathered at the WiZink Center to support their Movistar Estudiantes. Because on the other side of the track, the people of Madrid were going to meet a UEMC Real Valladolid that arrived after seven consecutive victories and a total of nine in the last 10 games. Quite an endorsement that led Paco García’s men to score the first basket of the game and, with it, the first income (watch video). The Valladolid players worried their rival, but the gradual emergence of Johnny Dee in the match was key so that the schoolboys could gradually get into the match until they were ahead minutes before the break (watch video). It was, after passing through the changing rooms, when Diego Epifanio’s men managed to sign their best minutes to overcome the defense of a UEMC Real Valladolid that fought each ball as if it were the last. Because Paco García’s men practically held on with options until the last play (watch video) against a rival who was able to close the game to score the first (64-60 / 1-0).

In the second match of the night, the Espai Fruita Barris Nord played a decisive role so that their team could complete the full local victory. Because the stands knew how to squeeze in favor of their team in the most difficult moments of the night and, especially, after a good start to the game in which the success from outside seemed to boost Gerard Encontr’s men (watch video). But the Cáceres P. humanity did not take long to react with the good role of men like Mbala or Lobo to be able to equalize the game very quickly before resisting the great offensive attack of the ilerdenses in the final stretch of the second half. Thus, both teams arrived tied at a time of rest that served to reorder ideas, but not to break the equality since both teams were somewhat more erratic in the resumption. In this way, the end of the game promised a heads or tails that Schreiner could only break with an accurate triple with less than three minutes to go and with which the balance began to tip (87-79 / 1-0).

PLAYOFFS FOR PROMOTION – QUARTER-FINALS:

MATCHDAY 1:

Movistar Students vs UEMC Real Valladolid
64-60 | MVP: Johnny Dee – 20val

ICG Força Lleida vs Cáceres P. Humanity
87-79 | MVP: Mark Hughes – 21 val.

Basketball Girona vs Leyma Coruna
74-66 | 1-0 | MVP: Karamo Jawara – 20 val.

Zunder Palencia vs Unicaja Banco Oviedo
76-71 | 1-0 | MVP: Prince Ali – 21 Val.

MATCHDAY 2:

Movistar Students vs UEMC Real Valladolid
Data: Sunday May 29 | 12:30 p.m. | WiZink Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Paula Lema – Pere Munar – Eric Carrera

ICG Força Lleida vs Cáceres P. Humanity
Data: Sunday May 29 | 8:30 p.m. | Pavello Barris Nord | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: C. Javier Garcia – Jorge Muñoz – Dani Checa

Basketball Girona vs Leyma Coruna
Data: Saturday May 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Pavello Fontajau | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Lucas Angel – Asier Quintas – Maria Angeles Garcia

Zunder Palencia vs Unicaja Banco Oviedo
Data: Saturday May 28 | 6:00 p.m. | Pab. Municipal Palencia | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Angel A. Albacete – Jose M. Olivares – Juan R. Hurtado

MATCHDAY 3:

UEMC Real Valladolid vs Movistar Students
Data: Friday June 3 | 8:45 p.m. | Pisuerga Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Francisco J. Zafra – Guillermo Rios – Jorge Baena

Cáceres P. Humanity vs ICG Força Lleida
Data: Friday June 3 | 9:00 p.m. | Multipurpose Cáceres | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: German F. Morales – Angel A. Albacete – Jesus M. Martinez

Leyma Coruna vs Basketball Girona
Data: Thursday June 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Riazor Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Carlos J. Garcia – Asuncion Langa – Pol Franquesa

Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs Zunder Palencia
Data: Thursday June 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Pumarin Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Enrique M. Lopez – Victor Mas – Francisco Gonzalez

MATCHDAY 4: (if necessary)

UEMC Real Valladolid vs Movistar Students
Data: Sunday June 5 | 12:30 p.m. | Pisuerga Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

Cáceres P. Humanity vs ICG Força Lleida
Data: Sunday June 5 | 8:00 p.m. | Multipurpose Cáceres | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

Leyma Coruna vs Basketball Girona
Data: Saturday June 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Riazor Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs Zunder Palencia
Data: Saturday June 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Pumarin Sports Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

MATCHDAY 5: (Determined)

Movistar Students vs UEMC Real Valladolid
Data: Friday June 10 | 8:00 p.m. | WiZink Center | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

ICG Força Lleida vs Cáceres P. Humanity
Data: Friday June 10 | 9:00 p.m. | Pavello Barris Nord | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

Basketball Girona vs Leyma Coruna
Data: Thursday June 9 | Hours to be defined | Pavello Fontajau | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

Zunder Palencia vs Unicaja Banco Oviedo
Data: Thursday June 8 | Hours to be defined | Pab. Municipal Palencia | LaLigaSports.tv
Referees: Determined

FINAL FOUR FOR THE PROMOTION:

Semifinals: Saturday June 18
1: Winner A vs Winner D
two: Winner B vs Winner C

Final: Sunday June 19
– Winner 1 vs Winner 2

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