Spar Girona dedicates a brilliant comeback to Laia Palau (68-62)

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Spar Girona has opened the Women’s League with a hard-fought and epic victory against Valencia (68-62), one of the greats in the category, which has served to dazzle even more the emotional tribute that Fontajau has dedicated to the now sports director and ex-captain of the team, Laia Palau. During the break, the club retired its shirt with number 3, which is already displayed on the roof of the pavilion. Valencia, despite Cox’s great game, ended up conceding against a Spar Girona team that had lost by 9 at the start of the third quarter (27-36), and ended up prevailing on the day of the irruption of ‘Etxarri and Drammeh, and an imposing Araújo on the rebound, after a brilliant reaction in the second half. The Galician, with two key triples, was also a key piece, especially in the 63-55 with 4 minutes to go. Just like Labuckiene, who with a 2+1 half a minute from the end, and a cap on Carrera, has sentenced. After the upset of the Catalan League, opening the Women’s League with a victory like today’s is the best guarantee to face the Super Cup in Vitoria this weekend.

Except for the 4-0 and the initial 6-2, Uni has always had to go to tow well into the third quarter. Two triples by Cox gave Valencia the first advantage (6-8) and only Girona managed to tie at 23, already in the second quarter, on a play by Gardner, and at 38, in the third, after wiping out nine margin points (from 27-36 to 38-38). The local reaction did not stop there and a three-pointer by Drammeh put them four up (43-39). In a few very good minutes, Bernat Canut’s team continued to defend with everything and found the success that had been denied to them in the first half. A triple by Arújo made it 54-43, giving a maximum of 11 points, just under two minutes to close the quarter. Drammeh had previously been key to leading the reaction. With a partial lead of 29-14, Spar has signed a spectacular reaction (56-47 to close the quarter).

Valencia got to 4 (56-52) and Brandford, who made his debut today, responded with his first two points (58-52). Both teams struggled to score, but Uni had the rebound clearly under control, with an impressive Araújo under the hoops. It entered the last five minutes with a five-point margin (60-55) and a triple by Araújo made it 63-55. At 1:46, Labuckiene did not miss from the free throw (65-57) and left the duel almost doomed. He should suffer to the end. Salvadores, from three, made it 65-62 with 50 seconds left. Labuckiene has appeared again with a 2+1 (68-62) and a cap on Carrera, ending the match definitively (68-62).



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