ORNicaragua deservedly won the first game of the 10th edition of the Costa del Sol Basketball Trophy in Malaga. Those of Pablo Laso, a rival composer, went from less to more and again to less in a game that had many sets on both sides of the court. Hanga and Rudy were the best in a white team to which the official competition, already coming next week, threatens to land too early in the white house.


Real Madrid presented the same defensive problems as in the start against UCAM Murcia. A very green team still, as much as the Malacitana shirt. The 28 points conceded in the first quarter are a great proof of this. It is not known if it was due to sympathy with the tribute to Carlos Cabezas or due to lack of intensity, but only Hanga’s entrance could stand out from the whites in the first act. The ex of the Barça contributed in front and behind in his minutes in track.

The youth duel between N’Diaye, a pearl of the future who had a sensational third quarter for the Whites, and Yannick Nzosa, another from whom much is expected in this case in Malaga, was also beautiful. Rudy and Hanga were putting Madrid into the game as soon as they warmed up so that the match reached 47-43 at halftime.

The trio of Frenchmen formed by Heurtel, Causeur and Poirier were giving oxygen, insufficient by all accounts, to a Madrid that missed a lot of contribution from other faces in the game. Almost nil was the contribution of players like William Goss, Yabusele or Abalde. Pablo Laso showed that for him there is no preseason. Several fights fell to his players in the last quarter that undoubtedly did not make the team react.

Physical superiority of Unicaja

Only positive things can be said about Unicaja this summer. The people from Malaga wanted to pay tribute to Carpena’s return of the fans. he wanted to honor Carlos Cabezas from the second one. The Malaga team proved to be a degree above their rival in physical terms. Of the new faces of the Katsikaris team, Micheal Eric shone especially again, who surpassed his figures from the first game against Betis. Unicaja has discovered that he has a pivot for a while and that is celebrated for a long time in a Carpena that has not vibrated with a player in the paint for years. There was also applause for a Norris Cole who improved his figures. Comfortable victory for those from Katsikaris who finished fifteen points above, 88-73.

Data sheet:

88- Unicaja (28 + 19 + 18 + 23): Cabezas (2), Jaime Fernández (12), Bouteille (9), Abromaitis (12), Eric (21) -the starting quintet-. Norris Cole (11), Brizuela (4), Barreiro (4), Alonso (8), Nzosa (1), Pablo Sánchez (0), Guerrero (4), Tanchyn (0), Vicedo (0).

75 – Real Madrid (16 + 27 + 16 + 16): William-Goss (7), Llull (4), Abalde (0), Yabusele (6), Poirier (10) -initial quintet- Rudy (10), Heurtel (11), Causeur (10), Hanga (11), Taylor (0), Núñez (XX), Ndiaye (6).

Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Alberto Sánchez and Quino García.

Incidents: match of the Costa del Sol Tournament, played at the José María Martín Carpena Pavilion in front of 1,700 spectators.

Via Marca.com