In the blink of an eye or, rather, on a trip to Valparaíso, the advantage that Basket UdeC had in its series against Colegio Los Leones, by the definition of the Central Conference of the National Basketball League (LNB), disappeared.
The university team went to Quilpué with a difference of 2-0 that seemed almost definitive to keep the tickets for the grand final of the tournament, where Valdivia awaits, which he left on the road to Las Animas.
However, the leaders of Cipriano Núñez had two false days during their visit to the feline ‘den’, where they fell by 60-54 in the first match, and 70-63 in the second match, leaving the key subject to a fifth and decisive encounter.
Thus, everything will be defined this Saturday, August 28, from 7:00 p.m. at the Casa del Deporte, where the last game of the disputed series will be played and the champion of the conference will be known.
Overcoming casualties and ghosts
Not only the poor image exhibited in his last presentations will have to overcome Campanil in this fifth game. Also the sensitive loss of Carlos Lauler, one of its most important figures and who will be absent this Saturday due to a tear suffered in the second match against the Quilpueninos.
The national team has 15 days of recovery, and it would only be a letter in case the UdeC reaches the final against Valdivia. He was joined by Evandro Arteaga, who suffered a dislocated finger, a condition that would not prevent him from playing this Saturday.
Despite the difficulties, the young courage, Lino Sáez, was confident of being able to reach the final in front of his audience. “The fifth game will be kill or be killed, a duel where we will have to leave everything on the court, especially if we are home. Now what we have to do is clear our heads, focus and prepare for the game for these remaining training days, “he said.