Canarias Basketball Academy’s first team is going to host Opentach Basquet Pla at Centro Insular de Deportes at 7 pm (insular time). Pepe Carrión’s players have an extra motivation because if they beat the team from Baleares they would mathematically survive relegation in Adecco Plata, fulfilling the aim of the season some weeks in advance.
However, the rival is not going to ease this purpose as it is the penultimate in the standings (14th) with 6 wins and 17 defeats. In addition, in its last commitment it lost to Marín Peixegalego by 51 – 83 despite the 27 ranking points (20 points and 9 rebounds) by the league MVP (former Adecco Oro player at Melilla Baloncesto) Ridge Mckeither.
CBA Gran Canaria, for its part, is the 12th in the standings (9/14) and comes to this encounter after succeeding on the road againts Barça (80 – 85). Last Sunday in Barcelona Kostya Kulikov and Jacobo Díaz stood out with 22 and 19 ranking points, respectively.
The precedent of this game was on the 11th game in which CBA took down César Sánchez’ Pla in Mallorca 57 - 69. In that match-up Kaleb Wright added 20 ranking points (19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists) and Albert Ausina, 17 (10 points and 8 rebounds).
CBA’s coach, Pepe Carrión, thinks that its opponent is “a team with many veteran players and with the league MVP so far, what makes us be interested in a high rhythm of the game where the ball has to run a lot with fastbreaks and transitions” and points out that “they are superior on rebounding and consequently that it is going to be the next key: assuring the defensive rebound”.
Regarding the call, Carrión confirms Norbert Janicek’s absence, “because of a foot problem”, and Xabi Gómez, “with a sprain ankle”. Therefore, the Academy should include new players that “are going to add excitement to the others”.
Finally, the officials that are going to referee the 26th game in Adecco Plata are Javier Torres and David Sánchez. As always, there will be a free entrance.