The Nou Congost pavilion in Manresa has been the scene this Sunday of the grand Final of the 33rd Catalan National League AON 2021 for Women between CADI LA SEU and SPAR GIRONA, which has been broadcast live on Catalonia Television, through his channel Esport3. The victory went to CADI LA SEU, who won 69-65 and thus won their fourth title in the competition. The Urgent, who had not conquered the Catalan National League since 2016, have broken the hegemony of SPAR GIRONA, champion of the last four editions.
Power forward Irati Etxarri, with 16 points, 7 rebounds and a PIR of 23, has been chosen as the best player of the champions, getting the MVP award of the match. The guards Laura Peña (18 points), decisive in the last quarter, and Laia Raventós (13 points) have also been key in the victory of the players led by Bernat Canut. On the part of the runners-up, who had the notable absence due to injury of Laia Palau, the most outstanding have been the Czech center Julia Reisingerova (19 points) and the point guard Laia Flores (14).
The match began with CADI LA SEU much more in tune, moving the ball well and doing damage under the basket thanks to the success of Irati Etxarri (7 points in the first quarter). Bernat Canut’s players went ahead in the first minutes (9-5), but then SPAR GIRONA woke up and turned the game around with a 0-13 run, culminating with a triple by Julia Soler (9 – 18). However, CADI LA SEU, which in this preseason is also suffering injury problems, has recovered from the pothole thanks to the outside success of Laia Raventós (8 points and 2 triples) and has closed the first set with only 4 points behind (18-22 in favor of the Girona women).
Equality has marked the second quarter. SPAR GIRONA has continued to command in the first moments, but little by little CADI LA SEU has taken control of the match. Bernat Canut’s men tied with 3 minutes before the break (29-29) and shortly after they got back in front (33-29) after two free throws by Laura Peña and a basketball by Montse Brotons. The Girona team, led by Alfred Julbe, have not found fluency in attack, as a result of the good defense of CADI LA SEU, and have ended up scoring only 9 points in this quarter, also accusing the errors in the free throws (they have missed 7). A basketball in the last breath of Laura Peña has placed the 35-31 in favor of the Urgent, a result with which the rest was reached.
In the resumption, CADI LA SEU has continued to command, maintaining its solid devensiva and with Laia Raventós and Irati Etxarri and leaders, and that has allowed it to reach a maximum advantage of 11 points after a partial of 9-2 (44 -33) . The individual talent of the center Julia Reisingerova (11 points) and Laia Flores (10) rescued Alfred Julbe’s team (44-39), although the Czech center had to march to the bench after committing his fourth staff. The final minutes of the third quarter have been an exchange of errors by both teams, but with the Urgent team always ahead (50-45).
In the last quarter of the SPAR GIRONA, although it has not had the day in the triples (3/14), it has managed to get ahead again with a partial of 0-6 (50-51), but the CADI lA SEU has not staggered and has regained the initiative (58-52 after a 2 + 1 from mikayla Pivec). The Final, however, was still completely open and the tension has presided over a final sprint where the figure of the point guard Laura Peña emerged (18 points), who with her exterior success has frustrated the attempts of the Girona to turn the dynamics of the match. Julia Reisingerova (19 points) has continued to do damage under the hoops and has kept SPAR GIRONA alive until the last gasp (68-65 with 38 seconds remaining), but it was not enough to prevent the victory of the Urgent, who also have cemented his victory thanks to his overwhelming dominance on the rebound (41 to 28).
The Final of the 33rd Catalan National League AON 2.021 for Women has been framed within the events foreseen in the program of activities of Manresa as Capital of Women’s Basketball 2021-22, which was presented last Thursday, December 2, to the Ateneu las Bases manresano . The meeting was attended by the President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Muy Laura Borràs, who at rest, together with Anna Caula, General Secretary for Sports of the Generalitat, and Ferran Aril, President of the Catalan Basketball Federation (FCBQ ), has participated in the tribute that the Catalan mini teams have received for the gold obtained in the last state championship.
AONAON, a leading global professional services company, has renewed its commitment to the Catalan Basketball Federation (FCBQ) to support all categories, both female and male, of the Catalan National Leagues. AON has already been linked to the competition for 3 seasons and this year gives its name to the official title of the competition ‘CATALAN LEAGUES AON 2021’ as the main sponsor of the event.