First win for CBA Gran Canaria in Liga Adecco Plata and powerfully, beating a very important rival like FC Barcelona by 17 points (75-58). In this match there was also  good news as U18 Menno Dijkstra made his debut in a professional league.

Pepe Carrión decided to play Berni Hernández, Kaleb Wright, Roberto Guerra, Aaron Geramipoor and Konstantin Kulikov as a starting line-up, whereas Aleix Durán chose Stefan Peno, Xavier Moix, Adnan Omeragic, Jaume Sorolla and Emir Sulejmanovic.

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CBA Gran Canaria started very focused on the court, knowing that the victory had to be achieved from the very beginning. With this mentality there was a first lead (7-0) as Emir Sulejmanovic scored first basket for Barça. The first period finished with a three pointer by Diego Quintana and a home lead (20-13).

Norbert Janicek blocked a shot to end the second quarter with a CBA Gran Canaria advantage (39-31) that allowed the Academy to face the second half with enough confidence.

Pepe Carrión’s players showed their concentration as they began the third quarter and increased the margin rotating all the players. Even the U18 Dutch center Menno Dijkstra experienced his first minutes in a professional league, as his teammates and all the spectators encouraged him.

At first Canarias Basketball Academy team kept a 14 point-lead in minute 30 (53-39), but they had been warned for the rival’s ability to have a comeback in its previous games.

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Foto: José Juan Martín Domínguez

Not only CBA Gran Canaria did not play with less intensity, but also continued offering amusing plays that were frankly applauded by the fans. Two consecutive dunks by Aaron Geramipoor were a clear example of that and the game ended 75-58.

Precisely, the English center had the top ranking points of the game (32, with 26 points and 9 rebounds). Quintana (17), Guerra (13) and Kulikov (11) also surpassed ten ranking points.