Dfter six years defending the Universidad de Concepción jersey, Magellan basketball player Carlos Lauler Zañartu, Physical Education pedagogy student and captain of “Campanil”, is living his first adult experience at the international level defending Cafeteros de Armenia in professional basketball from Colombia.
The man from Puntarenas trained in Sokol was able to emigrate thanks to a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave on loan. “The link will extend until the end of the Colombian LPB, so the presence of the escort on the date of the 2023 Basketball World Cup Qualifiers (where Chile faces Brazil in Buenos Aires at the end of this month) is compromised, but if he cannot be there, Carlos knows that the process has only just begun and will undoubtedly have new opportunities ”, commented the page of the Penquista club, also collecting statements from Lauler in the preview of the trip.
“Happy, because I fulfill a dream of always. It took me at a difficult time after playing the Super Cup final, where I am a little physically touched, but I hope to recover and take advantage of this opportunity that is rarely given and I had to take it. I am hopeful to do things well ”, he emphasized.
Carlos, 25, son of “Kiko” Lauler, has defended the University of Concepción since 2015. Being their captain, a couple of months ago he lifted the National League (LNB) champion title, precisely with a triple of his that made the difference in overtime against CD Valdivia as a visitor. Also, a couple of weeks ago he won the Chilean Super Cup, being chosen the MVP of the match.
“I am confident that everything will turn out well and I will represent my family, the University of Concepción and the Chilean players in the best way, from whom I have received very important support,” Lauler said.
As soon as he stepped on Colombian soil, Lauler made himself available to debut for his new team. It was last Friday the 5th and he did it in a big way, contributing 10 points, five rebounds and one assist, even though he was only 21’25 ”on the court. The performance of the Magellanic served for Cafeteros de Armenia to defeat Corsarios de Cartagena by 73-59.
The next day, a new victory, now over Bucaros de Bucaramanga 54-45. Lauler played 27’20 ”, contributing 4 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Cafeteros won again last Monday. It was 66-62 at the Sabios de Manizales home and Lauler played 34’03 ”with 8 points, seven rebounds and one assist.
Yesterday, the team from Puntarenas had action again and again came out gracefully, as they beat Cóndores de Cundinamarca 77-47 and Lauler was 17’54 ”on the court, converting 5 points, plus three rebounds and three assists.
Cafeteros shares second place with Caribbean Storm Islands and Motilones del Norte (all three with 16 units), one point behind the leader Titanes de Barranquilla after nine dates. The next rival of Lauler and company will be Team Cali, this Saturday as a visitor.
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