Reaction is tested far from home

After temporarily extinguishing the environmental fire with Wednesday’s triumph against Estrela Roja in La Fonteta, Valencia Basket travels to Lyon with the aim of continuing to calm the crisis of play and results with a second consecutive victory in the Euroleague. Álex Mumbrú’s pupils, who have not won at home in the Old Continent since they did so in Kaunas on October 27, will try to do so tonight in the new ASVEL Villeurbanne pavilion (Ldlc Arena, 9:00 p.m. , Movistar + Sports 3).

The mission seems to be complex for the orange expedition, which only knows what it is to win in one of the seven previous trips to the Lyons feud. A territory, however, from which all their assailants in the current Euroleague have left with the spoils, although not without difficulties. Many, as Mumbrú recalled in the press room before embarking on the journey. “You see the standings and you think you have to win because yes”, commented the coach in the preview of the match, in which he remarked that the team presided over by ex-NBA Tony Parker “has had everyone at home against the ropes” in the highest European competition.

The numbers dictate that ASVEL has lost all five of their home games. However, the reality is more complex than simple statistics and the latest winners in Lyon can attest to that. The French don’t give up, they compete. On Wednesday, they lost by just three points to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and, for example, Bayern Munich needed two overtimes to win.

ASVEL offers an improved version since the appearance on the scene of the trainer, Gianmarco Pozzecco. The structure of the team continues to be captained and forged on the former Valencia BC Nando de Colo. Of course, beyond the leadership ability of the French veteran and his lethal doll, the oranges will have to pay attention to other men on the outside line such as Paris Lee and Luwawu-Cabarrot, the top scorer of the Gaelic team in the competition Mike Scott, Joffrey Lauvergne and, of course, the colossal Youssoupha Fall (2.21 m) are other ASVEL threats that Valencia will not be able to ignore today.

Valencia BC wants to make good on the distance between the two in the classification, in which the French are penultimate with a 2-10 record, four wins from the Valencians. The victory against those from Belgrade on Wednesday meant oxygen for the orange, twelve, but with the same balance as the seventh, Panathinaikos, and just one step away from the fourth place, in which Monaco started the day (7-5 ). At this point in the Euroleague, there is a squad of seven teams leveled with a 6-6 record.

Álex Mumbrú has drawn up a list of 14 called up for the two games of the weekend. First, this Friday, in France, with the thirteenth date of the Euroleague. And then, on Sunday, the match of the same day in the Endesa ACB League against UCAM in Murcia. The only casualty, due to a technical decision, is that of young baseman Guillem Ferrando. Two dates that the Catalan coach expects to be “very physical”, in which the defense will have to be consistent, and in which Nate Reuvers and Jaime Pradilla, who did not play on Wednesday, will enter the rotation. Hermannsson could make his debut at last, although it will depend on the two players he rules out coach.

The radar, about Kevin Pangos

The crisis of play and results causes the club to once again open the doors of the market in search of a base that makes the attack flow. As reported by Cadena Ser’, the main name on the table is that of Kevin Pangos. The Canadian, discarded in the summer, is back in action, as he does not count in the plans of Ettore Messina, coach of his current team, EA7 Milan. Pangos, a Canadian with a Slovenian (Community) passport, must be released before Milan. He has an important contract there until June 2024. Valencia wants him if it fits into their budget. Also Baskonia and Zalgiris.

2023-12-08 09:20:55
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