The name of the last team classified for the semifinals of the LF Endesa was yet to be known and the unknown was cleared on Friday night with the pass of a Valencia Basket that did not fail before its public on a night of emotions on the track. Because the run-up to the match served to honor the Eurocup champion team as well as a Cristina Ouviña who received her awards as the best point guard of the season and National MVP.
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Valencia Basket vs Durán Maquinaria Ensino (82-54) / Statistics
Durán Maquinaria’s desire to win cannot with Valencian talent
Durán Maquinaria Ensino knew that it was not going to be a simple match, against a complicated rival, without the presence of their captain Vega Gimeno and with only 8 players available, but Carlos Cantero’s players were able to star in an exemplary first half in the one to get to disturb his rival. First with the triple with which Stanacev opened the meeting and, later, with a whole demonstration of character with which to overcome the 10-0 partial that the local team had signed (10-3). Thus, the Galician team was able not only to stay in the game at the end of the first 10 minutes of play (18-13) but even to be able to see themselves with a 5-point advantage on the scoreboard thanks to the push of Alba Prieto from the perimeter and by Merritt Hempe from positions close to the hoops. An income that was dissolved at the end of the first part, but that left the best possible ground (35-32). It seemed that Durán Maquinaria Ensino could have his options at the Fonteta, but these were soon reduced to the smallest expression with the beginning of the third quarter. And, once there, Rubén Burgos’ team once again pulled their usual “third quarters” to break a match that was going to end up leading to the semifinals. A stellar Cristina Ouviña was in charge of this from the direction and, especially, a Celeste Trahan-Davis for whom there are no impossibilities on the track. An inertia that ended up breaking the Lugo team in a last quarter in which they could do little against an unstoppable rival (82-54).
MVP: Celeste Trahan-Davis (Valencia Basket) – 35 efficiency