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Unicaja gives away another game and continues with its serious crisis

Unicaja gives away another game and continues with its serious crisis

Another defeat not to vary. Unicaja, despite their mistakes, had the option of winning against a quarrelsome Ukrainian Prometey and little else. But in the final seconds, at 66-69, a stupid loss in attack by Matt Mooney brought a 3+1 executed by Dowe that condemned the people of Malaga who complicate their lives to promote in the Basketball Champions League. Brizuela, with 24 points, was the best scorer. In vain.

Unicaja faced this match at a difficult time due to a bad season that has resulted in the dismissal of Fotis Katsikaris as coach, Ángel Sánchez Cañete, the house coach, took charge of the situation while the board negotiated with Ibon Navarro and sounded out Dusko Ivaniovic. A difficult moment and a trip to Ukraine, a country in a complicated situation and with the threat of war.

The Greens, with little time to reset, took a deep breath but started with problems (16-9 min. 7). The Prometey is a correct team with five Americans and that came from qualifying to this Top-16 after eliminating, against all odds, Hapoel de Jesusalén. Cañete tried to promote defensive work that did not work with Fotis. But the rebound began resisting (17 against 7).

Even so, the greens did not let go and taking advantage of the streaks of talent of their shooters they took the lead midway through the second quarter, 21-22 min 15. But Darío Brizuela left injured and again the Unciaja lost focus with an adverse partial from 10-0 (31-22). Usual Losses and Weakness Enter the break at 34-27.

After the restart and with Brizuela, recovered from his blow, Unicaja improved its defense and with eight points from the San Sebastian player the score was tightened to 39-37. They are not minutes of good game. Two points from Bouteille and 39-39 (min 26).

But Unicaja has a hard time and concedes simple baskets. Cañete gives his first minutes to Nzosa, a kid who was going for the canyon but has stalled (or has been stalled). With 48-41 Francis places a timely triple. Unicaja relaxes its defense. The same old story. The third quarter closes with 54-46.

After a triple by Harrison the Prometey widens the difference to eleven points (57-46). Brizuela, very plugged in and with confidence in attack gives wings. He already has 20 points in a 59-54 scoreline that continues to give life to Carpena’s men who manage, with a 2-13 run, to tie at 59 with another triple by Mooney. Unicaja grows. A great reverse from Abromaitis put Cañete’s men ahead for the third time in the match. 60-61. The partial is 3-14 (min, 34).

With Abromaitis and Rubén fighting under the boards, Unicaja lacks shot selection and has too much precipitation. With 1.43 minutes to go, 66-67. In a messy play, Brizuela hits a fundamental layup with 54 seconds to go (66-69). It seemed final.

But not. With 20 seconds left, Mooney loses an absurd ball in an attacking action and Dowe places a tremendous triple in front of Mooney. And he gets the extra shot. It is the 70-69 that put salt in the wound of this Unicaja in a disastrous campaign and to forget. Bouteille’s final miss was the swan song. Unicaja also collapses in the Basketball Champions League.

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