vMonbus Obradoiro once again became strong at home, beating a direct rival, which is equal in number of wins -seven- and increases its cushion with respect to relegation by two victories precisely in view of receiving the revived Betis next Wednesday Cousur. Thanks to a great start, and the cold blood shown in the final stretch, they defeated Morabanc Andorra. Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb, with 22 points and seven rebounds, was the most outstanding player in the coaching team for Moncho Fernández, who came out more focused and quickly opened a gap of ten points (16-6) at the hands of Laurynas Birutis in the static game and Ellenson’s runs in the open field to finish off the actions in which the team from Compostela rebounded and counterattacked. The Andorran squad had problems in the inside game to stop the Lithuanian center until the irruption of Oliver Arteaga. Both Moussa Diagné and Nacho Llovet couldn’t find the key to stop him.
The gap in the second act reached 17 points (37-20, min. 16). But an action in which the referees reviewed a possible local basket, which did not count, slowed down the pace of Monbus Obradoiro and revived Morabanc Andorra, who, with two steals and two easy baskets, raised doubts in the Santiago team. Even so, the triples by Kassius Robertson and the penetrations by Scrubb gave Moncho Fernández’s hosts the air to reach the break with eleven points in the lead (46-35).
After the break, Morabanc Andorra reacted, finding in Gal Mekel the necessary conductor to start cutting points. A 0-7 run tightened the scoring and Moussa Diagné, with eight points from four attacks, including two triples, put the Principality team ahead on the scoreboard for the first time (56-57, min. 29). Obradoiro expressed his difficulties in scoring and spent three minutes blank.
However, the inertia changed in the last quarter and the roles were reversed. It was the Monbus Obradoiro that endorsed a partial that turned the scoreboard around. With a 9-0 start, he made it 66-61 in three minutes. Despite the fact that the team prepared by David Eudal reacted with the success of Clevin Hannah and kept the match in a fist, Monbus knew how to close the match and achieved the seventh victory of the course, which gives them air in the fight for permanence.
Monbus Obradoiro (24+22+11+24): Hobbs (15), Robertson (6), Scrubb (22), Ellenson (12) and Birutis (19) -initial quintet-; Zurbirggen (2), Okouo, Oliver (1), Beliauskas (2), Muñoz (2) and Álex Suárez.
Morabanc Andorra (14+21+26+12): Hannah (9), Miller-McIntyre (21), Nakic, Llovet (5) and Diagné (8) -initial quintet-; Crawford (5), Mekel (8), Paulí (2), Morgan (1) and Arteaga (14)
Referees: Aliaga, Oyón and Sánchez Cutillas. They eliminated visiting player Hannah due to personal fouls (min. 40).
Pavilion: Multipurpose Fontes do Sar. 3,970 spectators.