Burgos-Estudiantes: relief or tremor

The last game that Movistar Estudiantes played against Hereda San Pablo Burgos is the most painful in its history. That May 21, 2021, in an empty WiZink Center due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Castilian victory by 82-89 left the schoolboys, who played with only seven greaterwith a foot and a half in Second. A day later, Bilbao’s triumph against Joventut wrote his death certificate: the LEB Oro would be his new home.

A home that is now also inhabited by some people from Burgos who, after five surprising years in the elite of Spanish basketball (two FIBA ​​Champions -2020 and 2021-, one Intercontinental in 2021, two participations in the playoffs and one in the Cup) fell to hell after a strange, poorly managed last season, with many changes in the squad and up to three coaches: Zan Tabak, Salva Maldona and Paco Olmos, who started this season at the Coliseum, but was sacked in December.

Curro Seguro is currently the head of the bench of a Burgos that has not hit the key of this LEB. San Pablo has already lost six games in the first 15 days, a few nine victories that place him in 9th position in the table, five wins behind the current leader, Zunder Palencia, which overwhelmed Estudiantes the day before, despite having a high-quality squad led by the exalted Luka Rupnik. The Slovenian point guard, signed with the season started, averages 12.8 points and 5.9 assists for a PIR of 18.8. Former ACB Rodrigo San Miguel, Mindaugas Kancinas and Rasid Mahalbasic are other level players of a Hereda who cannot afford any more setbacks.

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An extreme situation, of nerves and uncertainty, that a Movistar Estudiantes will have to take advantage of this Saturday (8:00 p.m., LaLigaSportsTV) at the Coliseum, which is not here to miss many more games along the way. If you don’t want to get into a sea of ​​doubts. The schoolboys maintain the third position in the competition with a balance of 11-4, but with the stigma of not being able to with the coconuts of Second: Lleida, Andorra and Palencia revealed the weaknesses of a squad that will not have Hansel Atencia for the second game due to injury. The Colombian, with an injury to the direct tendon of the rectus femoris of the right quadriceps, is out indefinitely.

The key will be our defense. We have to defend strongly and impose our rhythm in attack. Make a lot of counterattacks and fight for every ball to win the game”, says Leo Demétrio in words collected by the blue club. “Coming off a loss, we have to bring out our best game and play hard.. We also know that Burgos has a good team and great fans, it’s a hard court to play on. We have to get 100% there, ”continued the Brazilian power forward, who after having a difficult start to the season due to injuries showed the best version of himself against Palencia.

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