Everything is ready for the start of a new season of the National Basketball League. The 38th edition of the maximum national basketball competition will begin this Tuesday from twenty-one (TyC Sports), when in the Superdome of La Rioja they face the local Creek against the current champion San Lorenzo.
Despite being the defending champion and winner of the last five editions of the tournament, the Raven won’t start as a favorite. This is because he had to face a profound renewal of the champion squad as a consequence of the economic problems that it entails. So much so that there will only be two players who will repeat with respect to the last champion team: José Defelippo and Leandro Cerminato.
Institute, Super 20 champion and candidate in the LNB. (Leando Gómez for the League).
On the other hand, Boedo’s team will also have changes in driving. DT champion Silvio Santander he left and left his place to Alvaro Castiñeira, 58, who stated: “Maybe a team was not assembled to be champion but we can be competitive. The time has come for some of the boys from the club to be the protagonists ”.
Franco Baralle, one of Quimsa’s key pieces.
While, The La Rioja team will make their official debut in the competition after obtaining the vacant place left by Libertad de Sunchales. Thus, the province will once again have a club in the national elite after 18 years (the last Riojan team in the LNB was Andino).
Riachuelo will debut in the National League.
Those who paint as candidates to keep the title are Institute recent Super 20 champion with a solid roster; Quimsa, current runner-up in the League, who kept his DT Sebastián González in addition to incorporating Sebastián Acevedo and retaining Franco Baralle and Mauro Cosolito; Mouth, who with figures such as Leo Schattmann and Adrián Boccia plus the incorporation of Kevin Hernandez will seek to return to glory after 14 years, and Commodore gymnastics, the runner-up of the Super 20.
Álvaro Castiñeira will supplant Silvio Santander as manager of the Cyclone.
The contest will be divided into two stages (regular phase and postseason) in which the 20 teams will face each other twice. The top 12 ranked will advance to the playoffs and the worst two will play for permanence.
Whoever arrives sweetest of all the candidates is Institute, current Super 20 champion after defeating Gimnasia de Comodoro in the final 80-66. La Gloria formed a very competitive team with Nicolás Romano (he arrived from San Lorenzo champion 2020-2021) and Tayavek Gallizi, among others. The Cordobans will debut against San Lorenzo this Saturday as locals in search of their first title in this competition.
Romano, Institute figure, former San Lorenzo champion.
While, Quimsa, current runner-up in the League, starts as another of the favorites when he managed to retain his coach Sebastián González and sign Sebastián Acevedo (from San Martín). In addition, the Fusion retains Franco Baralle and Mauro Cosolito, protagonists in the last LNB. The Santiago team, which will debut on Wednesday against Unión at home, was already champion in the 2014-2015 season.
Gymnastics, for his part, he made people talk in the recent Super 20 after reaching the final eliminating the then champion Quimsa in the quarterfinals and La Unión in the semifinals, who had come to clean Boca. The Patagonians, who lifted the trophy of the highest category back in 2005-2006, will begin their calendar by receiving Regattas on Friday.
Commodore gymnastics is scored.
Finally, Boca is another of those who promise to fight until the end. With figures of the stature of Leo Schattmann and Adrián Boccia, among others, plus the incorporation of Kevín Hernández, who arrives at Xeneize after being one of the members of the 2020-2021 San Lorenzo champion, those of Gonzalo García will seek to improve what has been done in the last edition, in which they reached the semifinals. The last Boquense championship was in the 2006-2007 season. The debut will be on Thursday against Argentino de Junín as a visitor.
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