Unicaja wants to resolve and Lenovo, another revenge

The dizzying pace of duels between Unicaja and Lenovo Tenerife adds up and continues. Sixth matchup of the season between two squads that know each other better than family. The team from Malaga, with the home court factor in their favor after winning at the Santiago Martín by 59-72, will advance to the semifinals if they win; if they do, the insulars will force the third and final tiebreaker game that would be played at home.

If Unicaja overcomes this crossing, it would be the third time that they have achieved it with a track disadvantage. Previously got it before Real Madrid (2008) and Valencia (2010). It would be the eleventh time that Malaga has witnessed a pass to the penultimate round. Martín Carpena will touch the full. It is the pitch with the best average attendance in the ACB. The club has asked all its fans to come dressed in green.

Brizuela against Shermadini during the previous match.
Brizuela against Shermadini during the previous match.
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Lenovo hoped to recover the usual version of Marcelinho Huertas and Shermadini, deactivated by the defensive system imposed by Ibon Navarro and with a colossal Yankuba annulling the colossal Georgian MVP of the domestic competition who will finally not be there… Txus Vidorreta has all his heavyweights at his disposal in the complicated mission of balancing the playoff and looking for the semis with the public in their favor. “We are going to do different things and try to surprise” highlighted the Basque coach who also elaborated. “We made a video in which we saw that we lacked energy, we lacked health, but we also lacked basketball. We didn’t even follow the party plan in some aspects that were fundamental. For example, the circulation of the ball or not leaving players alone. Perry’s first triple, for example, we left him alone for no reason. And those types of errors are always penalized”.

The people of Tenerife have encountered a last-minute problem. An intestinal virus that has affected several players and that leaves none other than Shermadini on land. Others affected have been Fran Guerra and Doornekamp. Severe problem for late-breaking Lenovo.

For his part, Ibon Navarro will continue without being able to count on Alberto Díaz except for surprise, who did not play in Tenerife despite traveling, due to his muscular problems. “Without Alberto we played our best defensive game” recalled Ibon who continues to have Jonathan Barreiro between cottons.

Ibon Navarro, with Sima.
Ibon Navarro, with Sima.MARIANO POZODiaryAS

The compositor technician praises and assesses his opponent’s season tonight as very good. “Both teams have had a very good season. To pass this series is to put one more star on it. It is not an obligation, it is an illusion for both of us. I don’t expect them to accuse anything. He plays by heart, with many automatisms ”.

In sum. Follow the carousel of endings and of rematches between these two teams that are being the stellar protagonists of a source of exciting confrontations in all the competitions that have existed and have been, Liga Endesa, Copa del Rey and Basketball Champions League.

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