Valuable win away from home for a Covirán Granada that settles in the leadership to approach an Endesa League whose options will depend on what happens on Sunday morning in the duel at the WiZink Center between Movistar Estudiantes and Zunder Palencia.
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Covirán Granada faced one of the most demanding matches of this final stretch of the season in the face of their fight for promotion and the result could not have been more positive for their interests. And that TAU ??Castelló began dominating with a 7-0 run that failed to intimidate Pablo Pin’s men. Because the Covirán did not take long to respond (watch video) to assume command of a game in which the locals did not give their arm to twist leading the clash to an equal ending. A field in which the Castellón team fought until the end and in which a triple by Thomas Bropleh followed by an unsportsmanlike to Toni Ten after a field behind, finished raising the victory to the Nasrid locker (watch video). In this way, the Andalusians approached promotion pending the duel of Movistar Estudiantes (69-73).
No less exciting was the other match on Friday night where Cáceres P. Humanity managed to beat Palmer Alma Mediterránea in extra time. An even match during its 40 regulation minutes and in which Duje Dukan’s 4 three-pointers seemed to give the Extremadurans a boost after the break (watch video), but the Balearic team did not give their arm to twist, forcing extra time with a last basket by Pol Figueras (watch video). An extra time in which the greatest mental freshness ended up giving victory to a Cáceres P. Humanity who thus left his pass to the Playoffs for promotion seen for sentence (102-97).
And if Friday night was intense, it was no less vibrant on a Saturday in which UECM Real Valladolid was able to sign its fifth consecutive victory being the only team capable of winning away from home. Specifically on the field of a CB Almansa with Afanion who could not certify his permanence not only because of the defeat (76-80), but also because of the victory with which CB Prat gained peace of mind by beating Leyma Coruña in his fief who thus saw his positive streak cut short, complicating the home court factor ahead of the Playoffs for promotion (83-79).
In the great game of the night, Unicaja Banco Oviedo managed to beat ICG Força Lleida despite the umpteenth great game by Michael Carrera (29 val) and after having been able to overcome the 9 point lead of the Lleida players after a fateful first quarter to your interests. But those from Natxo Lezkano knew how to play their cards to reverse their luck thanks to a crowd that turned out to be fundamental (89-85). The night was completed with another valuable local win, in this case for an HLA Alicante team that breathed a little easier after beating Levitec Huesca in a great match between Zaid Hearst (84-61).
It was, on Sunday morning, when the two big news of the day arrived. First with the triumph of Melilla Sport Capital against a Bàsquet Girona team that could not impose its style of play without the presence of Marc Gasol on its roster (92-68) and then with the defeat at Movistar Estudiantes against Zunder Palencia (71-73). Two results with qualifying consequences since the Melillans thus achieved mathematical permanence in the category while the Madrilenians let a large part of their permanence options escape in favor of a Covirán Granada that could achieve promotion next week.
In the last assault, Juaristi ISB was able to win the Basque derby against Acunsa Gipuzkoa to thus take an important step forward towards a permanence that will be played in the last two days against two direct rivals such as CB Prat and Palmer Alma Mediterránea ( 75-66).
LEB GOLD LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 32:
– TAU Castelló vs Covirán Granada (69-73) | MVP: F. Stutz – 22 val.
– Cáceres PH vs Palmer Alma Mediterránea (102-97) | MVP: T. Pavelka – 32 val.
– CB Prat vs. Leyma Coruña (83-79) | MVP: A. Diagne – 22 val.
– Unicaja Banco Oviedo vs ICG Força Lleida (89-85) | MVP: M. Carrera – 29 val.
– HLA Alicante vs Levitec Huesca The Magic (84-61) | MVP: Z. Hearst – 31 val.
– CB Almansa with Afanion vs UEMC Real Valladolid (76-80) | MVP: K. Pippen – 24 val.
– Movistar Students vs. Zunder Palencia (71-73) | MVP: P. Ali – 25 val.
– Melilla Sport Capital vs Bàsquet Girona (92-68) | MVP: S. Pavlov – 21 val.
– Juaristi ISB vs Acunsa Gipuzkoa (75-66) | MVP: M. Dijkstra – 19 val.