ANDl Urbas Fuenlabrada flies to salvation after achieving his second victory in just 48 hours, beating a Lenovo Tenerife this Sunday, which he defeated 98-65 with a coral basketball, dominating the rebound and hitting the triple to get closer to permanence.
The courage of the soul, the relief of a team comforted by its victory in the crucial derby on Friday against Movistar Estudiantes (86-87), brought out the best of a Fuenlabrada that added its eleventh victory and is four above the decline.
Key to the victory were the Congolese Christian Eyenga (15 points and 3 rebounds), the Nigerian Obi Emegano (18, 4 and 5 assists) and the American Kyle Alexander (17 and 4) in a choral duel in which all scored, including the teenager Bassala Bagayoko (2), again with minutes after breaking the precocity record a week ago with 14 years and 7 months.
The Madrid triumph, despite its four casualties -Osas Ehigiator, Estonian Siim-Sander Vene, Marc García and Álex Urtasun- reduces the income of Lenovo Tenerife, which still has 26 wins, four over TD Systems Baskonia, although the Vitorians they have three games less.
In the Lagunero team, the flashes of the Brazilian Marcelinho Huertas (12 points and 4 assists) and the American Spencer Buterfield (12) were not enough to take victory in their last game before going to the Final to Eight of the Champions League that It will start on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).
The Fuenlabreños were sweet after beating Estudiantes and came out wanting more: change defense over Georgian Giorgi Shermadini, a voracious start to steal and rebound, and three triples out of four gave them a quick advantage (19-6, min . 4), which forced Txus Vidorreta to renew the quintet, without much success because the locals continued to dominate: 7-2 the rebound and 28-18 at the end of the quarter.
They went for more than those of Raventós, with the teenager Bassala Bagayoko on the court and an Eyenga on a roll that unleashed two triples and a mate (42-23, min. 16). Huertas entered the scene distributing game for a 2-10 visitor that shortened the Fuenlabran frenzy: 44-33 at halftime.
Lenovo Tenerife returned eager to finish the job, with the speed of Bruno Fitipaldo at the controls and Butterfield’s wrist, but the ‘Fuenla’ resisted (54-44, min. 25). Huertas and Shermadini joined the work, but Emegano appeared to chain six points that were pure oxygen for a Fuenlabrada that reached the last quarter while conserving ten income (68-58).
Those in green began to see themselves winning a game that could put them one step away from salvation, and they recovered their aggressiveness in defense to put a 6-0 start (74-58, min. 33). Vidorreta stopped him, but the locals went to two dozen after a 2 + 1 by Jovan Novak and a mate by Kyle Alexander (82-62, min. 36).
It was practically the sentence for a match that ended in ‘showtime’ with robberies, dunks and moments for the enjoyment of a Fuenlabran team that with its eleventh victory sees its continuity in the Endesa League increasingly clear, while Lenovo Tenerife already puts the mind 100% in the challenge of the ‘Final to Eight’ of Russia.
98 – Urbas Fuenlabrada (28 + 16 + 24 + 30): Samar (4), Meindl (9), Eyenga (15), Cheatham (10), Alexander (17) -the starting five-, Novak (6), Diallo (7), Emegano (18), Trimble (8), Bagayoko (2) and González (2).
65 – Lenovo Tenerife (18 + 15 + 25 + 7): Huertas (12), Salin (6), Doornekamp, ??Cavanaugh (3), Shermadini (7) -the starting five-, Sulejmanovic (6), Guerra (10), Fitipaldo (5), Yusta (4), Butterfield (12) and Rodríguez.
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Alberto Sánchez and Cristóbal Sánchez. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match of the thirty-fifth day of the Endesa League, played at the Fernando Martín de Fuenlabrada Pavilion (Madrid), behind closed doors for health measures against the coronavirus pandemic.