The shocking earthquake that has affected Turkey and Syria with terrible consequences has also conditioned the sport, although that is unimportant given the tragedy experienced. Both UCAM and Madrid were supposed to play during the week in Istanbul, but their matches were postponed due to mourning and the humanitarian emergency. The Murcian team had scheduled a Champions League duel on Tuesday on the Darussafaka track and, since they will not play the Cup, they will use that window after changing the order of the matches. He will thus receive the Turks next Wednesday and will travel there on March 7. Those of Sito Alonso came to move to Istanbul and, linking up with his previous meeting in SevilleThey have been away from Murcia for five days. “We have obtained a high performance as a group on the days that we were away”says the technician.
Madrid, for its part, was supposed to play on Thursday with Efes, but their trip was cancelled, so Chus Mateo has been able to work for a full week, something unprecedented this season. The whites, who are still missing Abalde and Rudy, face their last game before the Cup, so it will be a dress rehearsal for the Badalona matchwhich will start next Thursday at the Palau Olímpic with the first two quarterfinal matches: Barça-Unicaja and Madrid-Valencia.
“We have trained more days and We are looking forward to resuming the competition, such a long week without games is strange”, says Chus Mateo, who describes the strengths of UCAM: “A rival with a lot of intensity and very strong in the paint, one of the best in rebounding and who likes to run after loss. In addition, he has good shooters and one-on-one players, with stature ”.
UCAM, which has accumulated four defeats in five games, wants to “teach Madrid” that it is not “the team that found itself in the first round”. So, 93-57 with 19 points from Poirier. “For this you have to be brutal level of intensity”, sentence Sito Alonso.