a low first round

Casademont began the course with doubts, with its disfigured silhouette, and starred in the worst start in its history in the ACB League: dThe only wins in their first eight games, which led to the dismissal of his coach, Diego Ocampo, on November 10. Sergio Hernández, world runner-up with the Argentina team, was then hired, but the Zaragoza team had a hard time reacting. Victim of its defensive indolence – it scores 89.5 points per game – Casademont has performed below expectations generated in the domestic tournament, where it is still marked by the rigors of the classification: it is currently ranked in the fifteenth position of the table, having reached the halfway point of the season with only five wins to his credit. Poor first lap, low lows, for a squad that retains up to 10 players from the previous successful season, and that has important arguments in all positions of the court.

At least, the team has increased its benefits in its most recent commitments, in the Endesa League and in the Champions League, and already exhibits a version more in line with its true potential. In the national championship, his notable improvement was translated into the triumphs against Bilbao Basket (105-76) and Real Betis (96-95), two direct rivals in the fight for permanence, apart from offering a tenacious resistance against Baskonia (89-92) –the current champion– and surprising Andorra (83-98) at home; and in the European competition, the recent victory in Russia against Nizhny Novgorod (92-98), highly commendable, brought him a considerable reward: his access to the next round of the tournament, and also as first classified.

In this sense, the Casademont seems to have reunited, finally, after a discouraging start to the season. In the first section of the course, the Aragonese team showed obvious signs of weakness, especially in the defensive facet, which inevitably condemned him to defeat in six of his first eight games: he lost at home to San Pablo Burgos (86-100) and Unicaja de Málaga (63-92), and did the same on his trips to Tenerife ( 91-86), Madrid (102-83), Valencia (93-84) and San Sebastián (70-67). Especially pernicious was the stumble against the Basque team, last classified, where the offensive contribution of Zaragoza was reduced to 67 points scored. In these first eight days, with Ocampo on the bench, the only two wins in the Endesa League came against Herbalife Gran Canaria (88-71) and UCAM Murcia (98-86), both in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion.

A demanding calendar, loaded with matches and against important opponents, contributed to the bad start of the league. Since the course began in Tenerife on September 21, the Zaragoza team added ten official matches in just four weeks, having embedded in the first days of October the Final to Eight of the 2019-20 Champions League.

The lesions

The Zaragoza team had no truce, also punished by the misfortune of the injuries: he started the season without center Javier Justiz, his main reference in the inside game, who has just recovered from the arthroscopy he underwent in February to resolve the torn meniscus in his left leg. The Cuban, now with muscular problems, has participated in only one official match this season. In addition, point guard Vit Krejci was injured on September 25, on the second day of the Endesa League, and will miss the entire season due to the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee; Sulaimon remained eight weeks off the slopes due to an adductor injury that occurred against AEK Athens, in the final phase of the Champions League, on October 2; While San Miguel, operated in December on the ligament of the left hand, will not compete again at least until March. Setbacks that reduced already excessively short rotations due to the low incidence of Jaime Fernández and Sagaba Konate – already outside the Aragonese squad -.

After a low first lap, the Casademont has shown a notable improvement in recent days. Although at times he still shows a certain anarchy in his game, it is already a more solid block, more balanced, more intense, more set and sure of his strength. At least it is already capable of competing.

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Casademont Zaragoza, against a rival in free fall

Casademont Zaragoza has fueled their self-esteem, having captured victory in their two most recent matches, both of a vast dimension: last Saturday in the Liga Endesa beat Real Betis (96-95), a direct rival in the fight for permanence; and three days laterdefeated Russian Nizhny Novgorod (92-98) at home,in the Champions League, to guarantee their presence in the next round of the European tournament –in addition, as the first classified in Group D–. Both parties needed an extension to resolve, but at least they leaned on the Aragonese side, which saw its greater temperance and conviction rewarded in the decisive moments of the contest.

In this stage, Casademont now has a suitable duel to stretch its current successful career: visit Movistar Estudiantes next Sunday, a vulnerable and brittle opponent, clearly accessible, who is also in a particularly unproductive moment: he has only won one of his last eight games. In addition, that only victory occurred against the penultimate classified, Bilbao Basket (77-78), and by a single point of distance: he arrived with a Víctor Arteaga basket on the horn, when the pivot captured an offensive rebound when the box Bilbao already felt victorious. On the contrary, Madrid have bent the knee at home against Barcelona (78-92), Unicaja de Málaga (90-92), Valencia Basket (81-86) and Iberostar Tenerife (64-90), in addition of losing also in their trips to Badalona (97-70), Burgos (71-91) and Andorra (81-73).

After this negative sequence, Estudiantes are currently ranked in fifteenth position in the table, with five victories this year – the same as Casademont Zaragoza. Hence the relevance of Sunday’s confrontation, which will measure two teams marked by the rigors of qualifying. And although Casademont, very vulnerable at times, continues to exhibit significant imbalances in its defensive system, it has many more arguments in its squad than its adversary. Even more so after the recent hiring of German Elias Harris, power forward who joined the Zaragoza team yesterday, from MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, and who will be able to make his debut against Madrid on Sunday.

Casademont also surpasses its opponent in most of the statistical sections of the Endesa League. In this sense, Estudiantes bill 79.2 points per game (the Aragonese average 87.2 points); he is the one with the fewest assists in the championship, with 13.4 basket passes per duel; and ranks second to last in valuation (75.8), third to last in ball recoveries (6.3) and fourteenth in losses (13.4).

After the fight on Sunday, The Casademont will be awaited, consecutively, by two other direct rivals in their aspirations to seal salvation. He will start the second round against Fuenlabrada, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, on January 16, where he will face a team that is currently aligned in the sixteenth position of the table – equal to five victories, precisely, with Casademont and Estudiantes -.

Sergio Hernández’s team will then travel to Bilbao, on January 23, to face in Miribilla with the penultimate classified of the Endesa League. The people from Bilbao were already overwhelmed in Zaragoza (105-76), on December 13, in the first round match.

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Casademont Zaragoza defends the leadership in the Champions League

Demanding appointment in the Champions League. Casademont Zaragoza visits Russian Nizhny Novgorod this Tuesday, on the fifth day of the continental tournament, in a duel that will measure the two best teams in Group D (17.00), where the Hungarian Falco Szombathely and the Polish Start Lublin also compete. The Aragonese team, the current leader, goes to the confrontation with a double purpose: to defend the first place in the classification and, in addition, to guarantee its presence in the next round of the championship, which will begin next March and which will also consist of a phase of groups. A victory in Russia would bring Casademont this double reward.

The same goal is pursued by Nizhny Novgorod, which is currently ranked in the second position of the table, although with the same balance –three triplets and one defeat– as the Zaragozans. Zoran Lukic’s men started their continental tour by bending the knee, precisely against Casademont (78-75); but then they have ended the rest of their commitments with victory: they defeated Falco Szombathely (88-93) and Start Lublin (66-85) at home; and in their most recent performance, they again clearly defeated the Polish team (78-65).

In the first round match, Casademont beat the Russians in the Principe Felipe pavilion, but did so with unforeseen difficulty against an opponent minimized by absences. Zaragoza’s triumph took place on the horn, with an accurate triple by Dylan Ennis from eight meters away, when the duel seemed to be heading towards extra time. However, until the launch of Ennis, Casademont had been unable to defeat a rival with significant obstacles in their squad: The Russian team had not competed for a month at that time, due to the coronavirus cases detected in their squad, and appeared in the Prince Felipe pavilion with only eight players available. To all this, we must also add the accumulated fatigue from his long journey from Nizhny Novgorod. Despite casualties and fatigue, Zoran Lukic’s men offered outstanding resistance to defeat.

Nizhny Novgorod appear for the event after having lost forcefully in the VTB League, in their own fiefdom, against the powerful CSKA Moscow (63-83). The Casademont, on the contrary, comes from capturing a vital triumph in their aspirations to seal salvation in the Endesa League, having prevailed last Saturday against Real Betis (96-95) – before last classified -, after a balanced, tense and exciting duel that needed an extension to resolve.

The Russian team recovers for today’s game Anton Astapkovich and Luke Petrasek, two of its most sought-after artists, who missed the first round match due to the coronavirus outbreak. Astapkovich, in fact, is currently the sixth leading scorer in the VTB League, averaging 18.7 points per game., and represents above all a threat from the perimeter due to its high effectiveness in triple shots. Also Petrasek (12.5 goals per game in the Champions League) is a formidable sniper from long range: he has 83% accuracy in triples in the continental tournament.

In any case, Nizhny Novgorod has many other arguments in its squad, as the scoring ability of Kasey Shepherd (16.3 points per game), Alex Gavrilovic (13) and Evgenii Baburin (10.3); or the clairvoyance of Igor Strebkov, who, in addition to averaging 10.8 goals, also distributes 7.3 assists on average per game.

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the end of january six

The Casademont will play the season in the month of January, where up to six decisive appointments await him in both the Endesa League and the Champions League. The Aragonese team will be measured in the domestic championship with Real Betis, Estudiantes, Fuenlabrada and Bilbao Basket, four direct rivals in the fight for salvation; and in the continental tournament they will face Nizhny Novgorod, in Russia, and with Start Lublin, in the Prince Felipe pavilion, with the need to add the victory so as not to compromise their presence in the next phase, which will bring together the 16 best competition sets. The six games will mark the future of Zaragoza in the current course.

Receive Real Betis (January 2)

The first obstacle attends to Real Betis, a team that started the course with doubts, with numerous imbalances in their game, but which has been increasing its benefits as the competition progressed. The Andalusian squad not only added two new players – Jerome Jordan and Jerome Randle – but also opted for the change of coach. Joan Plaza replaced Curro Segura on November 30, and the team, since then, has increased its performance on both sides of the court, until leaving the relegation places to the LEB League this week. Two consecutive victories – against Fuenlabrada (86-79) and Unicaja de Málaga (111-114) – have led to the rise of the Sevillians, which will be presented on Saturday at the Príncipe Felipe pavilion (8:45 pm) in their best moment of the season. For now, they are already tied with the Aragonese in the standings, both with four victories won.

Play on the Nizhny Novgorod court (January 5)

Casademont aspires to the next round of the Champions League, a challenge that must be completed in the last two days of the first phase. The first appointment is scheduled for January 5 in Russia, on the Nizhny Novgorod track (5:00 p.m.), and has a considerable demand. It is, in fact, the most competitive workforce of all those that make up Group D, as evidenced in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, in the first round match.

Then, Zaragoza’s victory took place on the horn, with an accurate triple by Dylan Ennis from eight meters away, when the duel seemed to be heading irremediably to extra time. Until the launch of Ennis, Casademont had been unable to defeat a rival with significant obstacles in their squad: the Russian team, which had not competed since October 18, appeared in Zaragoza with only eight players available, and with the accumulated fatigue from their long journey from Nizhny Novgorod.

It is measured with the Students (January 10)

Casademont visit Estudiantes, another team marked by the rigors of qualifying – it is fifteenth. The Madrilenians have added five victories in the 16 games played, although their game shows a surprising regression and is currently immersed in a particularly unproductive period. In fact, he has only won one of his last eight games, and it was by the minimum against Bilbao Basket (77-78), the penultimate classified. The defeats occurred against Joventut de Badalona (97-70), Barcelona (78-92), Burgos (91-71), Unicaja (90-92), Valencia Basket (81-86), Andorra (81-73) and Iberostar Tenerife (64-90).

Fuenlabrada goes to Prince Felipe (January 16).

Casademont will start the second round against Fuenlabrada, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, against a team also threatened by relegation. And not only will the victory be at stake, but also in particular ‘basketaverage’ among the contenders, a factor that could be decisive at the end of the season. The people of Madrid, in this sense, were imposed by a single point to the Zaragozans (82-81), on November 11, in the game of the eleventh day. Of course, Javier Juárez’s team is now experiencing a stretch of insecurity. Not even the victory obtained in Malaga, on December 22 (84-90), has modified the unhealthy aspect of a team that recently lost to UCAM Murcia (84-81), Valencia Basket (61-68), the Herbalife Gran Canaria (87-71), Bilbao Basket (70-74) and Real Betis (86-79). Right now they are counting one more win than Casadmeont Zaragoza.

The first phase of the Champions League closes (January 19)

Sergio Hernández’s team will receive Polish Start Lublin on January 19, at the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, in the duel that will close the first phase of the Champions League. David Dedek’s team no longer have a chance to enter the next round of the tournament, having bitten the dust in their four European matches. Of course, they offered a tenacious resistance to Casademont Zaragoza, in the first round match, which in the end the Aragonese won with a triple on the horn of DJ Seeley (85-86).

Casademont currently leads Group D, although their presence in the next round of the tournament is by no means guaranteed: behind the Aragonese is Nizhny Novgorod, also with a balance of three victories, both with a win advantage over Falco Szombathely. Only the first two classifieds will access the second phase of the tournament.

Visit to a Bilbao in the relegation zone (January 23).

The Zaragoza team will then move to Bilbao, where a rival permanently punished by the misfortune of injuries awaits them. Especially damaging has been the absence of Ondrej Balvin, one of the most decisive players in the Endesa League. Since October, with the season already underway, the club has added Jovan Kljajic, Goran Huskic, Regimantas Miniotas, Alade Aminu and John Jenkins to its ranks. However, Bilbao Basket does not finish reacting and remains embedded in the penultimate position of the table, with only three victories to its credit.

In Zaragoza, in the match of the first round, Álex Mumbrú’s men fell apart from the first adversities and were overwhelmed by Casademont (105-76). In addition, Bilbao Basket also lost in December to Estudiantes (77-78), Unicaja de Málaga (75-91) and San Pablo Burgos (96-86); while his only victory this month was against Fuenlabrada (70-74), in someone else’s rodeo.

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Casademont Zaragoza, one victory away from the next phase of the Champions League

A single win from the next round. Casademont Zaragoza will try to consummate this Tuesday, on the Falco Szombathely court (18.00, Aragón TV), their mathematical classification for the direct knockout stages of the Champions League. A purpose that will be achieved if it again surpasses the Hungarian team, which it already defeated last Wednesday, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, with much more solvency than that expressed in the final score (85-76). Then, the Aragonese team handled themselves on the track with discipline and security: He put in a convincing performance, especially in the first half, and gave no option to an opponent who before the break saw his productivity drastically reduced – only 31 points scored in the first two quarters. A very significant fact, considering that Falco had been billing 86 points per game in the continental tournament.

Despite acting in someone else’s rodeo, Casademont attends the event as the undisputed candidate for victory. The Aragonese team remains undefeated, despite having offered important doubts in his game in his two European games, both ended with a similar outcome: on the opening day he beat Polish Start Lublin (85-86) away from home, with an accurate triple by DJ # Seeley on the horn ; and subsequently beat the Russian Nizhny Novgorod (78-75), in the Prince Felipe pavilion, with a launch by Ennis, from eight meters away, also in the last second of the contest. Then came the victory against Falco (85-76), in a duel marked by the manifest superiority of Zaragoza in painting.

In this sense, the game against the Hungarians brought Javier Justiz back to the court, after eleven months of inactivity due to a meniscus injury in his left leg; and on his reappearance, the Cuban gave very positive signals: contributed 12 points in little more than a quarter of an hour, with only two errors in the field goals, aside from being applied with determination and forcefulness in defensive tasks. The pivot will once again have minutes to play today, now on Magyar terrain, to gain sensations and competitive rhythm.

The new design of the continental tournament, with only four teams per group, severely punishes any unexpected setback. In the first phase, Casademont has Falco, Star Lublin and Nizhny Novgorod as opponents, with whom he will face in a round trip format – six games in total. Only the top two finishers will advance to the direct playoffs.

The Aragonese team, current leader of Group D, had experienced a notable improvement in recent weeks, which resulted in three consecutive victories: they defeated Andorra (83-98) and Bilbao Basket (105-76), in the Endesa League , and later to Falco Szombathely (85-76), in the continental championship. However, he starred in an involution in his game last Sunday, in Santiago de Compostela, and was permanently surpassed by Obradoiro (102-91).

In the Hungarian squad, The biggest threat comes from American Evan Bruinsma, who averages 20.3 points and 21 PIR of the Champions League per game. The power forward already evidenced his offensive arguments in Zaragoza, with 21 goals converted and a 60% effectiveness in triple shots. Forwards Zoltan Perl (16.7 points) and Szilard Benke (13.5), and point guard Kyan Anderson (12) also represent a danger for the Aragonese team. In addition to losing to Casademont Zaragoza, the Magyar team also bent the knee against Nizhny Novgorod (88-93). Its only European victory came against Star Lublin (84-75), on the opening day.

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Casademont Zaragoza: a team without rotations

The actions of the Casademont Zaragoza present a common denominator: the low productivity of its bench players. A factor that drastically conditions the performance of the Aragonese team, which tends to collapse in the closing stages of matches after having made formidable wear previously; or that, failing that, he drastically dislodges with the rotations and is then forced to go in tow, with the significant burden of having to overcome large disadvantages on the scoreboard.

In this sense, there are two especially significant cases: the youth squad Jaime Fernández is still not making his debut in the Endesa League, after holding 11 games; and Sagaba Konate, the last reinforcement for the interior game, has only participated in five official matches, and with an average of 4.45 minutes per match.

Added to this is the low incidence of Javi García, who has further reduced his presence on the court with the change of coach. Since the incorporation of Sergio Hernández to the Zaragoza bench, the point guard did not reach 4 minutes in Fuenlabrada, in the last game of the Aragonese –he did it, in addition, to defend Melo Trimble, the top scorer in the Endesa League–; and he only played 45 seconds against Manresa, seven days before, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion. A meager background for the youth squad, who had been completing good performances in his previous commitments. In San Sebastián, he already led the team with impudence and personality, during the quarter of an hour that he remained on the track; although his best game came against UCAM Murcia, on matchday six, when he added 8 points and 1 assist in 14 minutes of play.

Casademont started the season with a squad of 14, but were quickly depressed by the prolonged absences of Vit Krejci and Rasheed Sulaimon. The Czech was injured on September 25, on the second day of the Endesa League, and will miss the entire season due to the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.. Misfortune then struck escort Rasheed Sulaimon, who has been out since October 2 due to an adductor injury that occurred against AEK Athens, in the final phase of the previous edition of the Champions League. His return is scheduled for the first days of December.

After the injuries of Vit Krejci and Sulaimon, Casademont approached the hiring of point guard Luka Rupnik, who, in the five games he has played, remains on the court 14 minutes on average per game. Meanwhile, up to three players in the Aragonese team average more than 25 minutes per match, which represents a physical erosion of importance for a team especially punished by the calendar. In the initial stretch of the season, the Zaragoza team accumulated nine official matches in just four weeks, due to their participation in the Final a Eight in Athens.

Dylan Ennis, with an average of 28 minutes per game, is the Casademont Zaragoza player with the most presence on the court in the Endesa League. Behind the Canadian are DJ Seeley (25:03), Nicolás Brussino (25), Rodrigo San Miguel (22:44) and Robin Benzing (20:09). In the Champions League, the one who accumulates the most wear and tear is Seeley, who averages 28 minutes per match in the first two days of the competition; followed by Dylan Ennis (26: 3), Robin Benzing (24: 9), Nicolás Brussino (22: 8) and Rodrigo San Miguel (22: 2). And fatigue takes its toll, as evidenced by the collapse starring Casademont Zaragoza in Fuenlabrada, last Saturday, in its most recent performance, when it conceded a 26-11 run in the last act of the duel.

It was not, moreover, the first time that the people of Zaragoza were outmatched in the final bars. On the contrary, when it comes to the last 10 minutes of the match, Casademont has only been better than its opponent in one of its 10 Endesa League matches: against Herbalife Gran Canaria, on the third day of the championship (then he signed a partial 24-14 in the final quarter).

Casademont has already started the course without the contest of Javier Justiz, his main reference in the inside game, who continues to recover from the arthroscopy to which he underwent last February to solve a meniscus tear in his left leg. At the time of his injury, the Cuban pivot averaged 7 points and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes of play in the Endesa League, and 8.5 points and 6.6 sacks per game, in just over a quarter of an hour, in the continental competition Positive figures for a player who also has a notable impact on the intangible aspects of the game. Like Sulaimon, his return to the slopes will take place, in principle, in the first week of December.

The breadth of the squad was also reduced after the departure of Jaime Pradilla to Valencia Basket, on July 28, when the Levantines chose to pay the youth squad’s termination clause. The 19-year-old power forward is one of the most promising values ​​on the national scene, but he is also an immediate performance player. His replacement, Jaime Fernández, needs much more cooking time to showcase all his talent, hence his entire participation in this course has been limited to a single match: # 4 minutes in Poland, against Start Lublin, on the day opening of the Champions League. In this scenario, only nine players are actually entering the rotation.

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Casademont Zaragoza measures its defense

The Casademont still cannot find the right path. They beat Russian Nizhny Novgorod last Wednesday, on the second day of the Champions League; but he did so with unforeseen difficulty, having once again exhibited numerous imbalances in his game. Especially in the work of containment, the main burden for the Aragonese this season. Zaragoza’s triumph took place on the horn, with an accurate triple by Dylan Ennis from eight meters away, when the duel seemed to be heading inevitably to extra time.

Until the release of Ennis, Casademont had been unable to defeat a rival with significant obstacles in their squad: the Russian team, which had not competed since October 18, appeared at the Prince Felipe pavilion with only eight players available, and with the accumulated fatigue from their long journey from Nizhny Novgorod.

In this scenario of doubts, the Aragonese squad will appear this Saturday in Fuenlabrada (18.00, Movistar +), on the eleventh day of the Endesa League, to be measured against an opponent in a clear ascending line. The Madrid team has significantly increased its performance since the arrival on the bench of Javier Juárez, who joined the squad on October 19. The Aragonese coach caught a depressed block, with numerous gaps, which had bent the knee in his first five commitments.

But nevertheless, Juárez debuted with a victory in San Sebastián, against Gipuzkoa Basket (72-100), and later he also knocked down Joventut de Badalona (93-84) and San Pablo Burgos (78-99). The only defeat against Juárez came against Real Madrid, albeit after having offered stubborn resistance for most of the match (79-68).

The point guard Melo Trimble, current top scorer in the Endesa League –bill 20.8 points per game–, represents the main threat to Madrid. Fuenlabrada is also the third best team in the offensive facet (87 points per duel), surpassed only by San Pablo Burgos (87.67) and Real Madrid (87.60). A whole risk for the Casademont Zaragoza, a set that is distinguished, precisely, by its brittle containment system. The Aragonese team has conceded 808 points in the 9 games played, which translates into an average of 89.7 goals per match. No other team in the tournament presents such negative records in its attempt to contain the opponent’s attacks. Casademont need to strengthen back to be eligible for victory. At least, now he will have a whole week to work, after the duel that faced him on Wednesday with the Hungarian Falco Szombathely was postponed – it will finally be held on December 22.

“Fuenlabrada is going through a good time. It has grown, it has found a confidence that it did not have and the team is solid despite some important loss that it has had,” explains the coach of the Zaragoza team, Sergio Hernández who remembers that the Madrilenians “have found a good dynamic with the arrival of the new coach (Javier Juárez)”, apart from insisting on the “dangerousness” of a rival “with great scoring ability.” “We must take a step forward in the defensive aspect, making a good balance and trying to close well”, warns the coach of the Aragonese.

Casademont will not be able to line up Javier Justiz, Rasheed Sulaimon or Vit Krejci, long-injured, while it has the doubt of Nicolás Brussino, who suffered a severe ankle contusion in last Wednesday’s match, against Nizhny Novgorod , on the second day of the Champions League. On the part of Fuenlabrada, three of its players (Sikiras, Vene and Ehigiator) are practically ruled out for the crash, although everything will depend on its evolution in the last hours.

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Casademont win against Niznhy (78-75)

A basket from eight meters Ennis when there was a second left, he gave the victory to Casademont against a Niznhy who left his life with only eight players (78-75). The Russians took rents of up to nine points in the last quarter (58-67), but the set of Sergio Hernández managed to come back in great individual actions of Ennis, a decisive player in the last 10 minutes and in the Zaragoza victory, with 13 points in the last 10 minutes.

The Casademont thus achieved the first victory of the Hernández era. The victory allows the Zaragozans to give a step forward in your options to access the next phase since it adds two victories in as many meetings, something very important considering that due to the coronavirus pandemic it was decided reduce the groups originally planned from eight to four teams So if you start off badly, the chances of a reaction are reduced.

The Maño team suffered the unspeakable against a Russian team that was recently affected by the scourge of the coronavirus, which forced him to travel to the Aragonese capital with only eight players who began to train together on November 7 and with the absence of Anton Astapkovich, his leading scorer with nearly 22 points per game.

The first quarter was developed with a fast game although at the same time run over in many moments from which nobody benefited because there were numerous errors on both sides.

However, in the second quarter the panorama changed radically. The Aragonese team, which started very well and got five up in the first minute, began to fail in attack and to forget about defending forcefully, which resulted in the visitors scoring with astonishing ease.

In addition, they took advantage of the nine local losses and their superiority in the offensive rebound allowed them to catch eight rejections and thus facilitating the 2-12 partial in just two and a half minutes that placed them with a 13 advantage (27-40) three minutes before reaching the break before the local confusion.

And everything that had been a mess before the break turned into intensity and success in the third quarter with a great defense that allowed Casademont to play looser in attack and finish just one point behind at the end of this quarter (54-55).

The crisis seemed over but the Russian team, playing very open put the locals in trouble again who were down by 9 points with seven minutes to go and after a 4-12 run in just over two minutes.

The Casademont had to row again. Sergio Hernandez dispensed with his pivots and returned to play, as in the comeback in the third quarter, with two ‘fours’ which allowed him to regain the disadvantage to win, after two offensive rebounds and a final triple by Ennis Salvador when the game was tied and they had 9 tenths to go.

Datasheet

78 – Casademont Zaragoza (17 + 16 + 21 + 24): San Miguel (3), Ennis (22), Brussino (9), Benzing (16), Thompson (8) -initial five- Barreiro (2), Seeley (10) ), Hlinason (-) and Rupnik (8).

75 – Nizhny Novgorod (16 + 28 + 11 + 20): Sheperd (13), Baburin (10), Strebkov (16), Toropov (2), Gavrilovic (19) -cinco inicial- Komolov (10), Gankevich (2) y Gerasimov (3).

Referees: Sahin (Italy), Marques (Portugal) and Baki (Turkey). Toropov (m.28) was excluded by personnel.

Incidents: match corresponding to the second day of the Basketball Champions League Group D contested at the Príncipe Felipe de Zaragoza pavilion behind closed doors.

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