Another triple by Cole gives the victory to Unicaja against Obra

Unicaja defeated Obradoiro in a vibrant and entertaining match and will face Joventut (Sunday at 1:30 p.m.) in the final of this VI EntreRías de Villagarcía de Arousa Tournament. The consolation match will be played by the Santiago team against Breogán.

Norris Cole did it again. The American point guard, intermittent and still poorly connected, scored a decisive triple in the absence of 29 seconds that gave the victory to Unicaja against a good Obradoiro who plunged down the final stretch and paid for his poor long-distance success in such a decisive stretch . Good game from Jaime Fernández, who scored 17 points and a PIR of 18 and a grand final of Francis Alonso defending Robertson and scoring 18 points (and 18 PIR). Good image of the renovated Obradoiro.

Obradoiro and Unicaja planted a match that, surely, will be very similar to the one that will face these two teams on the first day of the Endesa League. Solidarity defenses and lively rhythm. After a first quarter where the Malagueños dominated on the scoreboard thanks to the success of Jaime Fernández, a second quarter arrived where the Galicians imposed their offensive rebound and with a 25-15 quarter they reached the break with an interesting 45-40. The very pleasant note, the reappearance of Alberto Díaz in his first minutes after recovering from the injury that affected him.

After the restart Katsikarus called for a timeout because he did not like the ease with which Scrubb scored a triple that put the score at 48-40. After a few minutes of correcalles, a good run by Brizuela with points and a superb assist on Eric tightens the score to 52-51 which forces Moncho Fernández to ask for oxygen. The partial, 4-11.

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The game was mixed up with Unicaja, with Jaime Fernández pausing, who made a profit (59-63 min. 29 ‘). E closed the third act with 64-65. Many alternatives and fast pace. To stop Jaime, who was going to more, Moncho turned to the eternal Albert Oliver who is made a brush at his incredible 43 years.

The rebound continued to be a problem for Katsikaris’s team and the scoreboard changed orientation again (76-71 min. 34) after a formidable triple by Oliver. Guerrero and Eric, with four personals. So the Greek coach again called a time-out to try to stop the fall. And things changed.

The malagueños increase the defensive intensity throughout the court with Francis Alonso on top of Robertson. With three minutes to go, a great triple from Francis or two points from Cole put a 78-80. Another time of Moncho. The partial, 2-9.

Francis Alonso, decidedly, came up from the outside and with 78-83, the Santiago coach requested his third and last time-out to which the coaches are entitled in the second halves of the matches (two in the first 20 minutes. With 82-85 and with 29 seconds left Norris Cole again scored a triple winner as in the previous match against UCAM Murcia in the Costa del Sol trophy. Too much for this brave Obradoiro.

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