Urbas Fuenlabrada and MoraBanc Andorra continue to dream of permanence and Hereda San Pablo Burgos sinks
MADRID, May 10. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Gran Canaria has lost this Tuesday a golden opportunity to establish itself in the last of the ‘Playoff’ places for the Endesa League title by falling to Coosur Betis (93-86), which has certified its permanence in a thirtieth fourth and penultimate day in which Urbas Fuenlabrada and MoraBanc Andorra took a breather against Rio Breogán (88-65) and Casademont Zaragoza (80-83) and in which Hereda San Pablo Burgos fell to last place against Valencia Basket (84-70).
The Canarians, who only have to win the same number of games as UCAM Murcia and Surne Bilbao Basket to guarantee eighth place, wasted a great first quarter (18-28) and gave in to a great Andalusian team after the break.
Hand in hand with a spectacular Shannon Evans, with 28 points, 17 assists and an impressive 39 PIR, Luis Casimiro’s men added their sixth victory in the last seven games to achieve mathematical permanence in the highest category of Spanish basketball.
Urbas Fuenlabrada, who came bottom on this penultimate day after five consecutive defeats, has beaten Rio Breogán (88-65) to keep their salvation options intact, all in a game that definitively separates the Galicians from the fight to sneak in the ‘Playoff’ for the Endesa League title.
The American power forward Kwan Cheatham, with a ‘double-double’ of 13 points and 11 rebounds, guided Josep Maria Raventós’ men to a transcendental victory that makes them depend on themselves on the last day: if they beat Hereda San Pablo Burgos, also involved in the fight to avoid relegation and who fell to Valencia Basket on Tuesday (84-70), will have permanence.
The Burgos, now new colistas, will not depend on themselves on the last date after succumbing in La Fonteta, in a duel in which they endured until the break before sinking in a bad third quarter (22-9). With this victory and the leadership of Louis Labeyrie (13 points), the ‘taronja’ secure fourth position and home court advantage in the ‘Playoff’ quarterfinals.
MoraBanc Andorra also continues to dream of permanence, winning an exciting match against Casademont Zaragoza (80-83) that was resolved after two extensions, in which Hannah and Morgan, with 17 points each, were decisive for the team. Principality, who are penultimate and will play against Lenovo Tenerife.
BARÇA, FROM LESS TO MORE AGAINST SURNE BILBAO BASKET
For its part, Barça, leader of the competition, went from less to more to beat Surne Bilbao Basket at home (84-62). In the last duel of the Regular League at the Palau Blaugrana, Saras Jasikevicius’ men raised the -10 from the start thanks to men like Laprovittola and Calathes.
However, it was in the third quarter when they began to forge their victory thanks mainly to the improvement in the percentage from the line of three. The Hispanic-Montenegrin Nikola Mirotic, with 18 points and six rebounds, put the team on his back to increase the lead to more than 20 points and make it insurmountable for the Basque team.
–SCHEDULES FOR MATCHDAY 33 OF THE ENDESA LEAGUE.
BARÇA – SURNE BILBAO BASKET 84-62.
URBAS FUENLABRADA – BREOGÁN RIVER 88-65.
CASADEMONT ZARAGOZA – MORABANC ANDORRA 80-83.
VALENCIA BASKET – HERED SAN PABLO BURGOS 84-70.
REAL BETIS – GRAN CANARIA 93-86.