Marc Gasol fulfills his dream and puts Girona in the ACB


The Girona team beat a tremendously combative Estudiantes by 60-66.

Point guard Maximo Fjellerup throws against the Danish pvot of Estudiantes.DAVID BORRATEFE

Marc Gasol fulfill his dream. When he announced his intention to play in the LEB with Girona, the club he presides over and which was founded in 2014 almost on the ashes of that disappeared Akasvayu in which the double NBA champion really began to make a name for himself, the rise seemed little more than a chimera. At the start of the competition, the team managed to add only two wins and nine losses. This Sunday, on the other hand, not without suffering against a combative Estudiantes, after an absence of 14 years, managed to consummate from the track the return of a team from Girona to the ACB with a hard-fought 60-66 victory. Of course, as soon as the feat was completed, all the Girona players ran to hug him. His left knee injury against Lleida, in the semifinals, which forced him to wear a cumbersome bandage, certainly did not intimidate him in the least and, of course, he ended up being recognized as MVP of the final.

Sport is this, feeling. It has been shown when people have supported us when the match has been difficult. We are very happy, very happy, reels Gasol himself in statements to Esport3 at the end of the match. A feeling that, as he explained, made him not hesitate one iota when deciding to play. To stay off the track, I would have had to be unable to walk.. I have saved the energy I had left in my knee for the end, to close the game in attack and defense, confessed the pvot, who, for now, does not want to reveal whether or not he will also be on the court next season to defend the Girona colors also from the track in the ACB. Now, the priority is to enjoy this moment. We will talk about the next season at the end of this month or the beginning of July.I sentenced

match development

Students and Girona had a tremendously competitive first half, a prologue to what would later be a heart-stopping finale. The Girona team took advantage of a great start of Fjellerup to get five points up on the scoreboard very soon (2-7). The team he leads Diego Epifaniohowever, with a choral attack in which perhaps Faggiano shone a little brighter than the others, managed to respond to that first spurt and briefly get ahead in the light. However, Girona, clinging to some flashes of Champion, Vecvagars y Spatmanaged to close the first period with a partial victory by 14-19.

In the second quarter, meanwhile, somewhat more difficult than the first, Vecvagars and Jawara maintained their good performance to allow Girona to reach a maximum difference of 10 points (20-30) that Estudiantes, again, managed to reduce based on effort . This time, to go into the break only four points below (30-34). Larsen y Dee, in this case, were the best weapons of the student group. Marc Gasol, sheltered from the stands of Fontajau with his older brother, Pauwho arrived at the pavilion in the final stretch of the first period, his younger brother, Adri, and her parents didn’t appear much throughout the first two quarters. Perhaps, also, because the team of which he also acts as president did not need him too much either.

Things, however, were very different in the resumption. The presence of Marc Gasol was decisive for Girona to take a step forward defensively and to accumulate a maximum difference of 14 points. When he went to the bench, with two minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Estudiantes had only been able to score nine points. In the final stretch of the period, however, Diego Epifano’s team, hand in hand above all with a Beirn who would be the best of his own, managed to narrow things down to a 47-58 that would give wings to the student team in the last and final quarter. With a run of 11-2, Estudiantes came to be just two points away from a team from Girona that, at times, seemed to be overcome by vertigo at the worst possible moment. Marc’s return to the court, however, would ultimately be decisive for, at the moment of truth, to recover his best defensive sensations and score key actions that, in the end and despite the 13-8 defeat, allowed him to Girona finally prevailed 60-66 and achieved promotion to the highest category of Spanish basketball.

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