Hestia Menorca wins the AON Illes Balears Trophy after defeating Sant Antoni (85-77)

Hestia Menorca has been proclaimed champion of the AON Illes Balears Trophy, after defeating Class Sant Antoni de Portmany at noon this Sunday at the Pavelló Menorca by 85-77.

The pitiuso team has been runner-up and Fibwi Palma, third classified. It’s about the tthird AON Illes Balears title won by Hestia Menorca consecutivelyfor the first time acting as host team.

The Ukrainian center of Hestia Menorca ‘Slava’ Kravtsov, scorer of 23 points in the match against Sant Antoni, he has been designated MVP of the event and the tournament.

As far as the duel that defined the champion is concerned, Javi Zamora’s team has dominated the scoreboard for most of it, reaching a maximum advantage of 18 points in the middle of the third quarter (56-38, after a triple by Alderete).

Tribute to Pitu Jiménez, in his last match | Gemma Andrew

However, the Eivissa team has reacted and progressively has been wiping out the differential, until the situation was completely reversed, thanks to the activity against the Minorcan rim of the experienced point guard Jordi Grimau, who scored 13 points yesterday (65-66, 6 :48 of the conclusion).

From then on, Hestia Menorca started burning again, and with an 11-0 run in the final stretch of the match, they reestablished control of the situation (77-66 after a 2+1 from Kravtsov) and has headed towards victory (85-77, final).

To mean, apart from the Minorcan victory, that in the fifth minute of the game the game stopped to pay tribute to Jorge ‘Pitu’ Jiménez, who has dressed short for the last time. The Madrid base of Hestia Menorca, being in the center of the track, received a standing ovation from all those attending the Pavelló, including teammates and rival players and coaches.

The highly emotional moment culminated in the withdrawal of the shirt with number 5 that Pitu has worn on his back in the seven seasons in which he has played for Hestia Menorca, and which is already hanging in the sky from one of the funds of the Pavelló Menorca.

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Hestia Menorca wins the AON Illes Balears Trophy after defeating Sant Antoni (85-77)