Victories, when they come with suffering, seem to taste better. Class Bàsquet Sant Antoni knew how to suffer this Sunday to beat Odilo FC Cartagena CB by 60-64, after a very even match played on the court of Cartagena and resolved in the final moments. It is the fourth consecutive victory of the block trained by Carles Flores, who will arrive at the break next weekend with his homework done. The defeats suffered in the first two days of the new season in the East group of the LEB Plata are now history. The Balearic Islands continue to grow and show themselves to be a more solid team as the weeks go by.
Vicinius da Silva, with 16 points and 7 rebounds (with a PIR of 21) was the islanders’ most outstanding player, with whom men like Pau Carreño and Ervins Jonats also shone. At Cartagena, the leader was Powell, with 13 points and 7 rebounds (for a PIR of 15).
Sant Antoni did not start well, which fell in the first quarter against a more electric and complete Cartagena. The peninsulares dominated the opening act with 23-14. However, Portmany’s men gritted their teeth in the second quarter, going into the break just three points down (31-28).
As if it were a diesel engine, which needs kilometers to get better, Flores’ team continued to grow as the minutes went by. In the third quarter there were several alternations on the scoreboard, but Sant Antoni finished the period ahead (45-47). It was with a triple by Jonats after assistance from Haro.
The equality was maintained in the last quarter and neither team was able to take off in the electronic. With just over two minutes to go, the match was tied (58-58), but Sant Antoni dealt the final blow in the final stretch. A basket by Da Silva and a triple by Carreño made it 58-63 for the Balearic Islands, who were close to winning with less than a minute left to play. The pitiusos did not get nervous and were able to celebrate another success (60-64).
Odilo FC Cartagena CB (23+8+14+15): AS Garuba (6), V. Aguilar (9), P. Tendero (10), I. Powell (13) and S. Mendiola (8) -initial team-. J. Reyes, EM Martínez (3), JE Bitjaa Kody (9) and A. Odero (2).
Class Basketball Sant Antoni (14+14+19+17): M. Mollgaard (4), E. Jonats (14), D. De la Rúa (3), V. Da Silva (16) and J. Grimau (11) -initial team-. A. Zurbriggen (2), A. Haro (2), A. Omeragic and P. Carreño (12).
Referees: Javier Sáez Ruiz and Francisco Olmos Ochoa. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the regular phase in the East group of the LEB Plata. Sports Palace of Cartagena.
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Carat victory of CB Sant Antoni in Cartagena