ANDhe Lenovo Tenerife achieved an important and resounding victory against a gray and ill-advised Unicaja de Málaga (79-61) that the locals forged in an excellent defense that led them to dominate the match from the start. With this victory and the defeat of TD Systems Baskonia, the islanders cling to third place.
With twenty-four wins and only six defeats, the team coached by Txus Vidorreta continues to defend that third place in the ACB League and only behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, ??an achievement this season for a team that has underneath such powerful rivals as Baskonia , Valencia Basket and Unicaja himself.
This Sunday, the island squad played a very complete game. One of those that you get everything you have been able to prepare and beat a rival of extraordinary quality. The Tenerife team, not only knew how to make a great defense against Unicaja, but it did not allow the Malaga team to have second chances, due to those rebounds that are also key in this sport.
One more day stood out the dominance under hoops of Gio Shermadini and also the debut of Charles Jenkins who, due to that dominance on the scoreboard, could have more minutes than planned, 18, in which he scored 5 points.
The departure of the insular team in the first quarter marked the trajectory of the match. 8-0 at the beginning that went to a 17-5 with a Bruno Fitipaldo who took the leadership of the team. The opponent’s defense focused on Shermadini and the forwards, but it was the point guard who led the way to victory.
With the entry of Jaime Fernández Unicaja had more offensive freshness and managed, at least, to maintain the differences that existed on the scoreboard, but they could not get close. Fitipaldo was doing a lot of damage from the outside, along with Shermadini who became the team’s top scorers so far.
In the second quarter, Lenovo Tenerife knew how to maintain the differences on the scoreboard, mainly due to its good defensive work that did not allow its rival to score easily. Only Bouteille found a basket despite the good work of Sergio Rodríguez and Doornekamp in his defense.
The truth is that in attack he was not as successful as in the first quarter. The rest time was reached with the same difference as at the end of the first quarter, ten points (39-29).
Lenovo Tenerife maintained their defensive work well and continued to maintain control of the match. He was even able to increase the differences to twenty points (54-34) in the 26th minute when both Doornekamp and Salin were able to score from the outside.
The game seemed to have only one team on the court, a Lenovo Tenerife that continued to defend well, but above all, it did not give the rival second chances after their failed shots.
In the last quarter it was a will and not be able to on the part of Unicaja de Málaga. Only Bouteille and Alberto Díaz found baskets with some ease, while the rest were unsuccessful on other occasions.
In the end, 79-61 for Lenovo Tenerife, which continues to grow, but above all maintains that third place in the standings that it will try to defend until the end of the regular league.
Lenovo Tenerife 79 (24 + 15 + 20 + 20). Fitipaldo (16), Salin (3), Doornekamp (8), Cavanaugh (3), Shermadini (22) -initial-, Guerra (4), López (2), Huertas (16), Jenkins (5), Rodríguez ( -), Sulejmanovic (-) and Yusta (-).
Unicaja Málaga 61 (14 + 15 + 14 + 18). Díaz (8), Brizuela (4), Waczynski (-), Thompson (2), Guerraro (6) -initial-, Fernández (13), Alonso (-), Thomas (6), Abromaitis (-) and Bouteille ( 22)
Referees: Pérez Pérez, Padrós and Mendoza. They indicated technique to the visitors Fernández (min.12) and Alberto Díaz (min.34).
Incidents: Match of matchday 32 of the Endesa League played behind closed doors at the Santiago Martín Sports Pavilion.
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