The Claretians managed to add a very worked victory in the extension against Urbas Fuenlabrada.
Both teams started the game at the Fernando Martín Pavilion with a great scoring success. The Brazilian Leo Meindl and the Canadian Dylan Ennis challenged each other in offensive tasks, leading their teams with points from the outside and from the inside (7-7, minute 3). The differential factor in the initial bars of the act had a name and surname: Artem Pustovyi. The Ukrainian became great in defense with intimidation and rebound, allowing ‘Granca’, with a choral attacking contribution, to close the first quarter eight up after an individual basket by AJ Slaughter (15-23).
The second quarter started with a low percentage of success for both teams, and with a Gran Canaria that continued to press on defense, signing a very serious job that made ‘Fuenla’ unable to score in four minutes. The islanders, with two points from Slaughter, as many from Pustovyi, and one from Stevic’s free kick (15-28, minute 14), increased their advantage. The defensive network of the Gran Canaria continued to drown an Urbas Fuenlabrada without response. Those of Fisac faced the tunnel of changing rooms with the maximum advantage in the marker (25-43).
A ‘thriller’ to start
Local fans cheered on their players before the start of the third quarter. Shurna, with four consecutive points, and AJ, with a triple, raised the island’s income above twenty (28-53, minute 23). Urbas Fuenlabrada was entrusted to Christian Eyenga and his fans to cut distances on the scoreboard little by little, with exterior success and aggressively. In the absence of a quarter, the swords were at the top (53-61).
Eyenga scored by three in the first action of the last quarter to continue closing the gap on the scoreboard, but the ‘Granca’ worked every possession to add from the free kick with patience and sacrifice. The local team, carried by the Fuenlabrada parish, managed to get to just three points (64-67, minute 34). Dylan Ennis assumed offensive responsibilities and put the team on his back to keep the Gran Canaria ahead. Emegano tied the match 19.6 seconds from the end, and AJ Slaughter could not add the winning basket and did not avoid overtime (78-78).
Urbas Fuenlabrada began overtime by hitting first, with a 4-0 run. However, the extension passed with maximum equality. A triple by Cheatham advanced the locals, but four consecutive points by Miquel Salvó were key for the ‘Granca’ to end up adding a valuable victory to start the course with the right foot.