ANDhe Unicaja gets into the pot and into the fight for not relegation after adding its second consecutive defeat since the arrival of Ibon Navarro. Gran Canaria amplified the crisis for the people of Malaga with a victory carved out in a great second half at the pace of Brussino and with points from Pustovyi and Ennis.
Unicaja spent a good part of the first quarter behind the locals. Albicy and Pustovyi gave Gran Canaria the first lead (10-3) and Ibon Navarro’s men began to suffer, especially with Cameron Oliver who was soon charged with two personal fouls. Despite this, the reaction of the people of Malaga. Abromaitis put Unicaja ahead from the triple (12-13). There was a clear reaction from the locals and the people from Malaga also helped by adding nine losses.
Until then, a tight game and with little success on the part of the two teams. Low score marked by the numerous errors signed by the two teams. The people from Malaga were able to withstand the attacks of a Pustovyi and managed to equalize the match through Kravic (28-28). A final basket from Gran Canaria left the locals with a slight advantage (30-28)
Unicaja collapsed after the return of changing rooms. No reaction, no defensive solidity and lack of ideas. Brussino and Ennis stretched the income of the canaries in the third quarter (45-33). It was the maximum until that moment, it would reach more. Yellow alert for those of Ibon Navarro. Gran Canaria did not miss it, smelling blood. Two triples by Ennis ended up breaking the game (53-35). The people of Malaga made up the score slightly at the end of the third quarter (58-45).
Victory was in the pocket for Porfi Fisac’s men. On top of that, it started with a triple by Brussino, today’s hero for the locals, and left Unicaja more sunk that ended up on the canvas. (61-43). Brizuela tried to make his team beat, but the people from Malaga were already a puppet at the hands of Gran Canaria. Resounding victory and severe corrective for Unicaja that sees the danger zone very close (76-59).
76. CB Gran Canaria (19+11+28+18): Albicy (8), Salvó (2), Pustovyi (14), Shurna (7) and Ennis (12) -initial team-; Kramer (3), K. Diop (10), Brussino (9), AJ Slaughter (9) and Stevic (2).
59. Unicaja Malaga (13+15+15+16): Oliver (9), Barreiro (2), Brizuela (13), Díaz (8) and Kravic (7) -initial team-; Alonso (6), Mooney (4), Guerrero (2), Nzosa (-), Abromaitis (8) and Suárez (-).
Referees: Miguel Ángel Pérez Pérez, Rafael Serrano and Fabio Fernández. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the twenty-fourth day of the Endesa League played at the Gran Canaria Arena before 4,011 spectators. In the run-up to the clash, a minute of silence was observed in the Gran Canaria venue, while the starting lineups and the referees carried individual banners with the legend “Stop war” in reference to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.