Perfect Sunday for Canarias Basketball Academy in the U18 Canarian Championships played in Tenerife from the 16th to the 19th of April. Two wins and first and third places for CBA White and CBA Black, respectively.
Sergio Salesa’s team faced Gran Canaria in the Finals and knew how to stop the rival’s push to end winning 70-61. The beginning answered CBA White’s expectations: 16-0 run. In spite of that first advantage, the yellow team recovered and lost 36-24 at halftime. After the break, Gran Canaria tied the game (48-48) right before the end of the third quarter but could not have a complete comeback in the last quarter thanks to the Academy’s hard defense. Finally, 70-61 and second U18 Canarian Championships for CBA. The best CBA White players were centers Menno Dijkstra (20 points, 7 rebounds and 21 efficiency points) and Souleymane Diakite (22 points, 13 rebounds and 30 ranking points).
For its part, CBA Black beat Náutico (65-66) in a very tight game at the opponent’s sports hall. CBA Black (composed by 6 U16, 3 U17 and 3 U18 players and coached by Carlos Velasco) tried t olead the game from the beginning (18-22, minute 10), pero the host fought hard (from 20-30 to 30-30 before the end of the second quarter). The 32-36 at halftime reflected how equal both teams were. In the third period Náutico got an 8 point distance (48-40) but CBA Black closed its defense and knew how to attack the low post to have a comeback. In the last minutes with a tight scoreboard, Diego Willis took the responsability and smashed the rival from the perimeter (19 points in the end for him). In the last play, Javi Valeiras’s steal certified the third place for CBA Black and it is the moment now to wait the possible withdrawals of several qualified teams for the Spanish Championships so that CBA Black goes with CBA White to Torrejón de Ardoz from the 3rd to the 9th of May.