ANDhe Casademont Zaragoza broke its negative streak of four consecutive defeats this Saturday with an 83-92 win during their visit to MoraBanc Andorra.
Those of Jaume Ponsarnau catch air with their fifth victory of the season and those of Ibon Navarro say almost goodbye to the Copa del Rey.
The best from the Principality was Amine Noua, with 20 points and a PIR of 19, and the Aragonese, Dino Radoncic, who had 17 points and a PIR of 23.
Start of light and dark for both teams. MoraBanc resisted thanks to the success in the triple, with two from Hannah, one from Miller-McIntyre and another from ‘Drew’ Crawford. The latter, accompanied by an additional shot. From 14-8 the Aragonese went to 0-6 for 14-14 and then Andorran response with a 9-2 run to place the score at 23-18.
To end the first quarter, 0-6 partial to leave a tight 23-22. Total roller coaster.
MoraBanc forgot to score and received a 3-10 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter for 26-32. Ibon Navarro asked for time out. His team disconnected and needed to reactivate his players. Those of Jaume Ponsarnau continued to suffocate their rival and went on to win by 13 points (28-41) at 2:23 for the break.
The locals woke up with a 7-1 run and the break was 35-42 with 11 points and a PIR of 15 for Dino Radoncic.
MoraBanc’s defensive improvement was a fact. Those of Ibon Navarro increased the intensity and Casademont Zaragoza stopped scoring easily. The Aragonese talent did not allow the locals to turn the scoreboard, although they came within three points (46-49) with five consecutive points from Amine Noua.
The visitors, with an attack-inspired Matt Mobley, took the third quarter 54-64. Not even the defensive improvement made a very irregular MoraBanc react.
At the beginning of the last quarter, Casademont Zaragoza went on to win by 14 points (56-70) with an initial set of 2-6 with four points from Adam Waczynski.
MoraBanc was hooked at the end of the game with a triple by Conor Morgan and another by Miller-McIntyre to face the last five minutes with a 64-72.
In the paint Hlinason dominated with the success in the ‘pick and roll’ and in the outside Waczynski, but MoraBanc pulled individualities and two triples by Amine Noua at 1:44 placed the Andorrans with a 76-81.
An acrobatic triple by Matt Mobley 48 seconds from the end sentenced the game (78-86) and the Aragonese team signed a victory that it urgently needed (83-92).
83 – MoraBanc Andorra (23 + 12 + 19 + 29): Hannah (12), Miller-McIntyre (19), ‘Drew’ Crawford (14), Amine Noua (20) and ‘Tunde’ (4) -titling quintet-; Conor Morgan (5), Oriol Paulí (-), Gal Mekel (-), Moussa Diagne (5), Mario Nakic (-), Víctor Arteaga (2) and Nacho Llovet (2).
92 – Casademont Zaragoza (22 + 20 + 22 + 28): San Miguel (-), Mobley (21), Santi Yusta (2), Radoncic (17) and Deon Thompson (9) -the titular quintet-; Bone (9), Hlinason (14), Vanwijn (4), Waczynski (16) and Omar Cook (-).
Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Vicente Bultó and David Sánchez. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match of day 14 of the Endesa League played at the Andorra Sports Center in front of 1,745 spectators.