Canarias Basketball Academy’s first team could not get the victory in Getafe, where it lost by 5 points (61-56) in a very tight game up to the end, above all after the second half (14-14 and 19-19). Aaron Geramipoor’s late absence and the bad 3P % (1/13) were the keys of the final score.
At Pabellón Juan de la Cierva Rolands Smits, Rubén Martínez, Jon Aranburu, Boubacar Moungoro and Samuel Deguara were the starting five in the local team, whereas CBA Gran Canaria began with Berni Hernández, Kaleb Wright, Roberto Guerra, Jacobo Díaz and Konstantin Kulikov.
From the beginning, equality was the main characteristic of the game, but always with Viten Getafe ahead punishing CBA Gran Canaria from the perimeter, and the Grancanarian team did a great job inside the paint moving the bench a lot and using 8 of their players in the first ten minutes.
In this way, Viten Getafe won the first quarter (13-11), adding a little advantage in the second one (15-12), to reach the halftime break five up (28-23).
In the second half, the host team could maintain a distance between 3 and 9 points due to the lack of precision under the rim by the Canarian team and the turnovers by both team. Therefore, Getafe and CBA faced the last quarter with 42-37 on the scoreboard.
In the last ten minutes, CBA Gran Canaria tightened the game (42-41), but Viten Getafe counteracted this situation with steals. With one minute left to the end of the game, Kaleb Wright scored the only three pointer of the visiting team (57-54), but the next shot by Smits (59-54) with 45 seconds left made the local team win.
The best player in ranking points (28) was Rolands Smits (20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 fouls drawn), followed by his teammate Jon Ander Aramburu with 17. CBA Gran Canaria’s big man Norbert Jacinek finished the encounter with 16 ranking points (8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 fouls drawn).
Pepe Carrión: “It is not usual that we make 1 out of 13 three-pointers”
“We saw what we knew about the opponent; a team that presses the passing lanes, that defends really well the 1 on 1 and that does not allow any rhythm on offense to the rival. We could not make the three-pointers we shooted and I think this has been an offense problem because the attitude has been good enough and that is why we have to keep on working hard, since it is not normal that a team like ours makes 1 out of 13 three-pointers. That was the key of the game”.