Movistar Estudiantes starts the playoff with a hard-fought victory

Movistar Estudiantes already has its first victory in the promotion quarters to the Endesa League. Step one tour… toalthough without much brilliance against UEMC Valladolid (64-60), which led the confrontation until the last minute in a nonsense of school errors in the final moments: five minutes without scoring in the game (only one free throw) in the final quarter, from minute 34 to 39. Javi Beiran solved the ballot with a triple from the corner with 49 seconds remaining (64-58). There was no splendor. Simply survival, pure survival, a magnificent Johnny Dee (22 points, 4 of 6 in triples) and triumph. In the end, that’s what counts against an opponent who was kept alive by rebounding (29 for 40, 11 shooting) and died by his destructive 1-for-15 shooting from the perimeter.

Inauguration of the playoff, game of nerves. Above all, for the headliner, in this case, Estudiantes, who after failing in their first attempt to ascend to the Endesa League, has been forced into these final rounds with a stoppage in the quarterfinals against Valladolid, a ninth with a cheat: He has closed the regular phase with nine wins in ten games, seven of them in a row in the last stretch of the season. And that was noticeable.

The Castilians, with the sensitive loss of Kavion Pippen (nephew of the Chicago Bulls star), took advantage of the soft local defense through Gilbert. The Croatian forward punished Beiran in his pairing to score his team’s first six points, while Sergio de la Fuente and Wintering finished off the job for the top visitors (4-13). That’s where Dee appeared, a lifesaver in recent days for the schoolboys: he took the rifle and from mid-distance undermined the Valladolid defense, which was losing steam in attack… but maintained the differences with isolated plays (14-16 at the end of the game). first quarter).

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Since then, both teams have dried up. There was no annotation and there were many failures. For sample, the outside launch: Estu reached the break with 2 of 11; Valladolid, with a 0 of 7. The first of the schoolboys, by Dee (he arrived at halftime with 14 points), was in the 15th minute after six previous failures and allowed them to hunt down the Pucelanos (19-19). A mischievous play by Faggiano on a rival throw-in gave the locals the first lead (21-19). Between the two they allowed the only real stretch before the break (28-23). For that moment, Paco García had a new loss in Berg after a bad fall in a triple attempt.

And everything wrong in 20 minutes, was compensated in the next ten. Partial 26-23 with the two loosest teams in attack. From the beginning, Movistar from the outside (4/4) to place the +14 (47-33) and Dee without stopping to punish. Valladolid had their turn to shorten through De La Fuente, Gilbert and Wintering. And, despite the fact that the latter was expelled for fouls, the Castilians with a zone and the successive attacks wasted by Estu moved to 3 points (61-58) with only one minute to go. Beiran’s triple solved an avoidable problem. On Sunday, another assault on the Palace.

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