Havana, Oct 20 (RHC) Cubans Jasiel Rivero with Spain’s Valencia Basket and Karel Guzmán of Romanian U Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca started very well in two of the three main basketball leagues in Europe.
Rivero from Havana scored 12 points in the victory of the Taronjas at the Fuente de San Luis Pavilion in the city of Valencia, where the locals beat the Greeks from Promitheas Patras 92-82 at the start of group B of the Eurocup.
Jasiel scored the goals by making four two-point shots six times and with a quartet of validated free throws over six attempts. He also had appreciable rebounding work, capturing seven in 27:02 minutes on the court.
For the winners, the best scorer was also French power forward Louis Labeyrie with 23, followed by Icelandic point guard Martin Hermansson (13), and Rivero and Spanish forward Josep Puerto, both with 12.
The hosts led the entire match with quarters of 28-24, 19-19, 22-20 and 23-19.
This is how the Valencians began a calendar that at this stage consists of 18 games for each of the 20 contestants, until April 6, 2022. Only eight teams by groups go to the quarterfinals, which will take place from April 19 that month.
The semifinals are scheduled for May 3 and the date for the discussion of the single match title has yet to be announced.
In the second round of the event, Valencia will face the Montenegrins of Buducnost VOLI Podgorica on the 27th of this month.
On the other hand, the equally habanero Guzmán, a member of the Cuban national team, has already had two successes with the Romanian club, the last one this Monday 76-71 against the Italians of Happy Casa Brindisi, to command the key G of the Basketball Champions League of the Old Continent.
Karel contributed eight cards to that triumph and before taking four to the scoreboard in a 66-60 smile at the expense of the Turks from Darussafaka Tekfen.
The next presentation for the Romanian club will take place on November 3 against one of the favorites of the section, the Turkish Hapoel U-NET Holon.
Club Napoca concludes the group round on December 22 seeking to qualify for the next phase among the top two. The competition has 32 teams divided into eight groups.
Taken from JIT.