Sunday, July 2, 2023, 5:45 p.m.
Valencia won gold in the U22 Spanish Chair Basketball Championship, held in Godella on July 1 and 2, in a tournament that was held in a league format at the Dolores Escamilla pavilion. The victory in the last game against the Canary Islands by 36-44 certified the victory for the team from the Community of FESA (Federation of Adapted Sports). The team made up of players from Gran Canaria took bronze while Euskadi took silver. In the best quintet of the championship, where there is no MVP as a symbol that all the players are, Adrián García Ingelmo, a member of the Valencian team and captain of the team in his category, was chosen.
Precisely, García was the great protagonist of the decisive game with 30 points and 31 rebounds against the Canarian team. Valencia had to contain the great start of the yellow team (7-2) to balance the score at halftime (17-17). A great third quarter, with a 9-18 run, allowed the Valencians to perfectly manage the game that led them to win gold. José María Musoles, mayor of Godella, and Delfina Alfonso, were in charge of distributing the trophies and medals.
Víctor Carnero, coach of the Comunitat team, could not hide his emotion after winning the Spanish Championship and took the opportunity to claim support for a sport with a high level of cost: «It is the fruit of all the accumulated work. The kids have competed very well, the human group that has been generated has been spectacular. This has to serve us so that Valencian wheelchair basketball gains strength. That young people are encouraged to practice this sport. It is a sport that is expensive due to the chairs and other concepts and for this reason we need support, so that people who are at home with some type of disability are encouraged to play. There are chairs that are worth 8,000 or 10,000 euros. They are athletes, athletes who compete, and who deserve all our support.
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