Valencia Basket does not want to accuse the ‘hangover’ in the Astroballe

Valencia Basket does not want to accuse the ‘hangover’ in the Astroballe

MADRID, 12 Jan. (.) –

Valencia Basket will try to forget the wear and tear and ‘hangover’ of their victory against Turkish Anadolu Efes at La Fonteta and get one more victory in the Regular Phase of the Euroleague 2022-2023 on their visit this Friday (8:30 p.m.) to bottom club ASVEL Villeurbanne French.

Alex Mumbrú’s team recovered from the numerous casualties they suffered and achieved a very meritorious victory (81-71) against the current champion, despite not having Chris Jones, Jasiel Rivero, Jared Harper and Víctor Claver, as well as Sam Van Rossom and Martin Hermannsson, and thanks to a good team effort with six players scoring double figures.

Now, he must quickly forget this joy to fully focus on his duel on a ‘cursed’ field for the Valencian team and without stopping to look to the Endesa League weekend as he is in the middle of the fight to be in the Copa del Rey from Badalona.

The ‘taronja’ have never beaten the Lyon team at home, against whom they have lost on their six visits and against whom they could not in the first round at La Fonteta, where they fell 76-77. In addition, Valencia has not been able to chain two wins in a row in the Euroleague since their best run of three in a row against ALBA, Olympiacos and AS Monaco. Breaking that dynamic will give him his ninth win and allow him to stay close to the ‘playoff’ zone.

He will face an ASVEL that is not doing too well in this Euroleague, where it occupies the last place in the standings with six wins and after chaining a losing streak of four consecutive losses, the last one on Wednesday against Barça (75-82), against which he was competitive despite the absence of Nando de Colo.

The French guard seems that he will be against his former team and will reinforce the team coached by TJ Parker, who has problems in his rotation since the long-term loss of Jouffrey Lauvergne, joins the fact that Alex Tyus is in the United States for reasons personal and David Lightly is ‘touched’ in the calf, so his participation seems complicated.

“It’s a difficult game for us, especially for recovering physically because we had few troops and we were just to play against Efes, we had a lot of wear and it is important to recover as soon as possible,” warned Mumbrú in statements provided by the club.

The ‘taronja’ coach recalled that they are measured “against a very
physical, especially at home” and that the Astroballe is one of “these cursed tracks” for the Valencian team, which has never won there. “They have just lost against Barça, but they saved De Colo and I suppose they were thinking of us because it is an important game for both parties”, he pointed out.



ASVEL VILLEURBANNE: Jackson-Cartwright, Mathews, Noua, Risacher and Fall –possible starting five–; De Colo, Polite, Kahudi, Diot, Obasohan, Pons and Tyus.

VALENCIA BASKET: Ferrando, Prepelic, Puerto, Pradilla and Dubljevic –possible starting five–; Webb III, Radebaugh, López-Arostegui, Alexander, De Larrea, and Marí.

–REFEREES: Lottermoser, Trawicki and Clivaz.

–PAVILLION: Astroballe.

–TIME: 20.00/DAZN.

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