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With a dominant Matías Núñez and a good collective and defensive game, Racing beat Presidente Derqui 79-65, as a visitor, in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Metropolitan League. Fernando Rosanova’s team reached the semifinals of the tournament.

They are stages of kill by kill, the one who wins continues and the rival goes on vacation. The Academy comes from an outstanding campaign that it wants to crown in the best way and that is why it knew how to defeat one of the top candidates for the title, Derqui, in his house and with his people. In the previous one, Pilar’s red and black man had not lost at home for a year between the Metropolitan League 2021, the Federal League and the Metropolitan League 2022. In addition, when he came across teams from the region, he had only lost twice: date 10 of the League Metro 2021 against Racing and in the final against Indios de Moreno, in Liga Metro 2021. However, the streaks are about to end.

One of the stellar matches of the metropolitan day began as expected. Matched from end to end but with a slight academic advantage from the start. With good resolutions from Matías Núñez and Nicolás Remolina, added to Mauro Pérez’s outside shot, Racing countered each local clean and jerk to win the first quarter 20-17.

The second period found the cast directed by Fernando Rosanova much better. The defensive demand predominated, leading his rival to have five turnovers and take uncomfortable shots; In addition, Mariano Martorelli and Fabricio Caamaño appeared from the bench to stretch the gap to 39-24 after the first half.

Derqui, with the impulse of his people and with the individualities of his own names, put up a fight. He proposed the blow by blow and tried to lead Racing into error. However, between Núñez and Pérez they answered in time to always keep the difference to more than one digit and go to the last period up 58-46. The acid test was to keep his head and physical fullness at a time when the homeowner had no choice but to lower the difference and enter the final stretch with chances to turn history around. But, between the good initial offensive passage and the influence of Núñez, Derqui was losing his mind and players due to five fouls.

The Academy closed the match better and took the 79-65 victory, thus ensuring the pass to the semifinals of the championship, as in Metro 2021. Now, the next rival will be Sportivo Pilar, in Pilar, the next Sunday at 20.30.


Racing (79): Remolina (16), Pérez (15), Fabiano (3), Fernández (0), Núñez (32); Caamaño (5), Martorelli (8), Magallanes (0), Strangis (0). Ogallar and Colagiovanni did not enter. DT: Fernando Rosanova.

Derqui (65): Aguilar (3), Alvites (14), Henríquez (17), Fernández (4), Martiarena (14); Merchant (13), Delelis (0), Henriquez (0), Arce (0). Sosa, Gómez and Diez did not enter. DT: Eliseo Iglesias.

Partial: 20-17, 19-7, 19-22, 21-19.

Report: Facundo Olguin.

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