Two Aragonese, in search of the U-17 basketball world title

They belong to Casademont Zaragoza and are, at 17 years old, two of the most promising values ​​in Spanish basketball. And this Sunday, with the U-17 national team, they will pursue the world title in the category (9:00 pm, Teledeporte). They will do so against the United States, the most impressive team in the championship, in an event that will be held at the Martín Carpena pavilion in Málaga. Nevertheless, Aday Mara and Lucas Langarita take on the challenge with confidence and conviction, with an inexorable faith in his chances of triumph. His performances have had decisive results in the successful journey of the Spaniards, who appeared in the final after having staged a great comeback against Australia (70-68), last Friday, in the quarterfinals; and after having beaten the powerful France team this Saturday, in the semifinal clash (53-68).

Aday Mara, 2.20 meters tall, is the tower of the Casademont Zaragoza quarry. He even made his debut last November with the Aragonese first team, in the FIBA ​​Europe Cup, after having dominated with sufficiency in the different lower categories of the entity. He joined the club as a child and has since progressed up the ranks with outstanding impact. Due to his height, his intimidation, his forcefulness, his rebounding ability and, even, his accurate readings of the game -he assists very easily-, the center usually monopolizes the media attention in each of the games.

For its part, Lucas Langarita acts as an escort and also has a wide range of devastating resources. He directs, distributes, penetrates, assists, scores… And he represents a great threat from the outside line, as he has shown throughout the competition. He led the way to victory against Australia in the quarterfinals, when the national team seemed to have run out of answers. In a particularly committed moment, the Aragonese took command and assumed responsibility with admirable maturity. He finished the contest with 23 points to his credit, apart from contributing 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. In that same match, Mara also greatly helped the victory, especially due to his outstanding display in defensive work. In addition, he reached 18 PIRs against the Australians, with 12 points, 4 sacks and 3 basket passes in just 20 minutes.

In the semifinal clash, Mara proved unstoppable for her adversaries. Although penalized by personal fouls -some very severe-, the Aragonese player had 16 points, 6 rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes of play, and used his defense with perseverance and tenacity. It was a practically unapproachable wall for the French. While, Langarita spent 37 minutes on the track, a true reflection of his importance in the team, and he did it with a contribution of 11 points. A triple of his, in the final stretch, extended the income of the Spanish to 9 points, and ended up sentenced to the Gauls.

After playing seven games, the shooting guard is averaging 12 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the World Cup. The same duels are recorded by Aday Mara, who adds 12 points, 4.7 catches and 1.3 basket passes per match. The Aragonese, who train regularly with the Casademont first team, will be this Sunday, against the United States, two of the pillars of Spain in his fight for the world title.



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