ANDl Breogán River became the protagonist of the beginning of the Endesa League and was placed leader after sweeping in its premiere at Lenovo Tenerife, the third classified of the past regular season. Such a resounding triumph (92-73) as meritorious that he had a double reward: to crown Dzanan Musa What Mvp of the day, and be the first newly promoted team in 23 years to top the table after the first day. The last one was the Fuenlabrada in 1998. Barça snatched first place from him yesterday with one more game, but the feat from Lugo must be valued.
The Lugo team is not an upstart and has a long tradition in the highest category of Spanish basketball. Founded in 1969, he got to play six seasons in the First Division and has militated 18 campaigns in the ACB since its creation in 1984, seven in a row between 1988 and 1995 and between 1999 and 2006. Up to four times the category was recovered by the Breogán River. Always comes back.
The May 19, 2019 I lost to him MoraBanc Andorra and certified his last descent, but just two years later, on June 21, 2021, he returned to the Endesa League after imposing on Granada (2-1) in the final playoff of the LEB Gold. What this elevator team surely did not expect was that when they pressed the button on their return to the ACB the door was going to open in the attic of the League, unleashing the euphoria of its spirited fans and the team, which three months before I was still on LEB territory.
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The club, whose main shareholders are Carmen Lence, owner of Milk River, and Narciso Fernandez, manager Sepronor and vice president of the club, has made a budget that is now around 2.5 million euros, practically double what he had in the LEB Oro. And he had to face the payment of 488,000 euros (plus VAT) to CBA promotion and relegation fund
The ascent forced a remodeling of the templateto. Kept Erik Quintela, Mateo Díaz, Iván Cruz and Kevin Larsen. Renewed to Adam Sollazo, Sergi Quintela and Mindaugas Kacinas. And signed Bring Bell-Haynes (Niagara River Lions), Tyler kalinoski (Brescia), Dzanan Musa (Anadolu Efes), Marko lukovic (KK Split), Rasid Mahalbasic (AS Monaco) and Jordan sakho (Inherited by San Pablo Burgos).
Although perhaps the main novelty was that the club dispensed with Diego Epifanio, the ascent technician, to leave your project in the hands of Paco Olmos, with experience in ACB with the Valencia (in two stages) and in the Minorca, and that the last eight years had developed his work in Puerto Rico and Mexico, where it made the Fuerza Regia de Monterrey champion in 2020.
The Valencian coach, who When he led Valencia in his first stage, he was barely 32 years old (He was runner-up in the League and won the ULEB), he has experienced them in all colors throughout his career. Maybe that’s why ask for prudence and appeals to humility after the meteoric start of his team: “We played a very complete game against a top team, but let’s stay humble. We have won our first final. It is only a match. You don’t have to make us believe anything “.
We played a very complete game against a top team, but let’s stay humble. We have won our first final. It is only a match. You don’t have to make us believe anything
The coach of the Lugo team gave the keys to the first victory and what your team needs so you don’t have to rush in such a demanding competition: “Our 12 players were able to play and to do it with that energy that we did we need everyone’s rotation. We were a humble team, respectful of the rival, dynamic and who knew how to read their misalignments well. “
We have very good players, Musa is one of our references, but the strength of the team is the most important thing we have, it is our main greatness, being all united
The Canadian International Bring Bell-Haynes supports his coach’s opinion: “We have very good players, Musa is one of our references, but the strength of the team is the most important thing we have, it is our main greatness, to be all united “, he assured. “I was not surprised by the victory because I see how we work every day and we are doing very well. I’m going to be surprised when we lose “he joked before being more realistic: “We have a long way to go and we know it will be difficult to win games”, said.
And they will be able to check it soon because the calendar does not give truce. Tonight (9:30 p.m.) they defend their leadership in Burgos before a Inherit San Pablo that made it very difficult for him Real Madrid on the opening day, and almost without rest on Saturday (6:00 p.m.) they will visit Barcelona at the Palau Blaugrana. A double grade exam to check if the effervescence of a Breogán River is maintained that aspires to continue being very competitive.