Three games left in Liga Adecco Plata and at 6 pm CBA Gran Canaria has to host the third team in the standings, CEBA Guadalajara, coached by Javi Juárez who recently stated that “the two teams have different motivations to try to win this game”.
That’s right. Both team need a win to fulfill their respective aims: in CBA’s case, surviving relegation mathematically; and in Guadalajara’s, finishing among the first five teams to assure the home court advantage in the playoffs.
The host coach, Pepe Carrión, recognized that this game,“beforehand, is going to be really complicated according to the absences (four of his usual players have traveled to the USA to play a tournament), but we are going to try that this is useful so that our U18 players have importance inside the Academy, with an incentive for their progress”. “The message we are sending them is enjoying”, he explained.
The purple team has won 17 games and has lost 8. “It is clear that this is not a team of our league”, Carrión affirmed and underlined that “it has 7-8 first level players in Adecco Plata and they are interested in playing with a high rhythm. They are balanced in all the positions”.
In the first half game at Pabellón San José de Guadalajara, the score was 95-58. Then the opponent Álvaro Frutos was the most outstanding player with 32 ranking points (5/5 3P) and, in the local team, ex CBA (now in Adecco Oro), Aaron Geramipoor, was the best player followed by Berni Hernández who added 13.
In its last encounter, Guadalajara beat Marín Peixegalego (78 – 50) in a game where Maximiliano Sole was superb, scored every shot he tried (23 points) and got 28 ranking points. CBA, for its part, lost to Tarragona 89-73 as Xabi Gómez (17 ranking points), one of the absences, played really well. In addition to Xabi, Kostya Kulikov, Pablo Martín and Luuk Van Bree are also missing this game.
Finally, the officials that are going to call the 28th game in Liga Adecco Plata are Juan P. Gª-Alcaide and José Luis López Córdoba. As always, there will be free entrance in Centro Insular de Deportes.