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MoraBanc Andorra and Hereda San Pablo Burgos descend to LEB Oro

Gran Canaria achieved this Saturday the eighth and last place that remained at stake to dispute the eliminatory rounds for the title of the Endesa Basketball League, in which MoraBanc Andorra and Hereda San Pablo Burgos will not be present next season. The Canarian team achieved it despite losing this Saturday at home to Real Madrid (83-91) and thanks to Surne Bilbao Basket’s overtime defeat in Miribilla against Coosur Real Betis (98-99).

Giorgi Shermadini’s points at 0″6, center for Lenovo Tenerife and ex-MoraBanc Andorra, sent the Principality club to Leb Oro. The Georgian ‘center’ scored the two decisive points for the Tenerife victory by 75 to 77. Txus Vidorreta’s men, who was not on the bench due to suspension, defeated Óscar Quintana’s men and after eight seasons in the Endesa League , the Andorrans complete their relegation to the second division of Spanish basketball.

The Lenovo Tenerife had a better staging at triple blow. Txus Vidorreta’s men scored 7 of 12 three-pointers in the first ten minutes with three from Sasu Salin and also three from ex-MoraBanc, Dejan Todorovic and one from Aaron Doornkemap. The starting quarter went from 2 to 9 for Tenerife in just two minutes. Óscar Quintana’s men couldn’t find a way to stop this success and they had to chip away at in defense and in attack they resisted thanks to the success of ‘Drew’ Crawford (8 points).

heads and tails

At the end of the first quarter, 19 to 24 in favor of the team led by Marco Justo due to the penalty of a match against Txus Vidorreta. The success from the line of 6.75 served to fuel their confidence. For his part, Urbas Fuenlabrada won at the Coliseum and certified his permanence in the ACB while San Pablo could not get the match and will play next season in LEB Oroin a match in which the Madrid team was better, deserved the victory and will continue in the highest category of Spanish basketball.

Nervousness was noted in both teams and the first basket took a long time to arrive, Fuenlabrada went ahead with a run of 0-8 that forced Paco Olmos to ask for time out. A break for their players who came out much more in tune and from the defense they traced that part and took the lead on the scoreboard (9-8)but the needs of both teams led them to play something irregular and the losses were one of the calves of the first quarter, in which Fuenlabrada finished ahead (15-16).

Anthony Clemmons (i), from Hereda San Pablo Burgos, dribbles the ball against Kyle Alexander, from Urbas Fuenlabrada. (EFE/Santi Otero)

Once again José María Raventós’ men gave a push at the beginning of the second quarter and another 0-9 run helped by San Pablo’s offensive errors allowed them to dominate again (20-27), because San Pablo had a hard time getting to the hoop but found in Cady Lalanne a way to cut back and match the game at halftime (31-31). The start of San Pablo was not good, as he saw how in each attack from Fuelabrada he conceded a triple to a ten-point lead (37-47) and Ristic began to do a lot of damage in the paint (41-52), but no matter how hard the team from Burgos tried, Raventós’ men were better and dominated 48-59 with ten minutes to go.

The last quarter was dominated by Urbas Fuenlabrada, who took a very comfortable lead that with relegation at stake (52-69), Meindl put the finishing touch to a team that believed more that permanence was possible and ended up going over a Burgos that lacked intensity. By last, Croatian Ante Tomic secured fourth place in the Endesa League for Joventut, that stormed the Buesa Arena with an 81-89 and will face Lenovo Tenerife in the quarterfinals, while Baskonia will meet Valencia Basket.

Gran Canaria achieved this Saturday the eighth and last place that remained at stake to dispute the eliminatory rounds for the title of the Endesa Basketball League, in which MoraBanc Andorra and Hereda San Pablo Burgos will not be present next season. The Canarian team achieved it despite losing this Saturday at home to Real Madrid (83-91) and thanks to Surne Bilbao Basket’s overtime defeat in Miribilla against Coosur Real Betis (98-99).

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