Ponsarnau gets to 400

Jaume Ponsarnau completed 400 matches as coach in the Endesa League yesterday on the Real Madrid pitch. A round figure for the man from Tàrrega, who is celebrating his thirteenth season in this competition, although he could not celebrate it with a surprise against the whites. The normal thing was to lose and that is what happened. The energies must be put into tomorrow’s envoite in the Champions League against Darussafaka in Turkey. In the event of winning and Murcia losing to Tenerife, Bilbao Basket would regain the initiative and would be in the next phase if they defeated Sito Alonso’s pupils at the close of this Top-16 in Miribilla next week.

Since his debut with the then Ricoh Manresa in October 2007, Ponsarnau has added the vast majority of games in charge of the Bages team (202), distributing the rest between Gipuzkoa Basket (42), Valencia Basket (111), Casademont Zaragoza (23) and his current team, Surne Bilbao Basket (22). His best achievement is in Valencia, with a 2019 Eurocup that led to the Euroleague. Of the active coaches in the Endesa League, he is the sixth with the most games behind Aito García Reneses, Pedro Martínez, Luis Casimiro, Txus Vidorreta and Sito Alonso. In the historical ranking of the Endesa League, he is 18th in number of games he has managed, 13 away from surpassing 17th: Edu Torres (412).

The matches in ACB until Sunday, in which he added the twenty-second with Bilbao Basket


The matches in ACB until Sunday, in which he added the twenty-second with Bilbao Basket

On that round figure, yesterday he pronounced: “I think of all the people who have helped me and have trusted me, but the great merit belongs to my wife, who has put up with an ACB coach for 400 games and today he’s going to have to put up with me again.” Ponsarnau arrived in Bilbao after helping Girona get promoted from the LEB. The chosen one in Miribilla was Lakovic, but he preferred to go to Gran Canaria. The ilerdense coach has found the perfect place for him. He is highly regarded by the board of directors and the staff for his didactic nature.

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