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.


Glory awaits you | Champions League

Quimsa and Flamengo face everything or nothing looking for the Champions League 19-20. Two strange presents considering the filming of both and how they arrive regarding the amount of games faced lately. As and everything is a game and the winner will be crowned in Uruguay from the 20 by DIRECTv.

The cast from Santiago comes from winning a real battle. Super on supplementary to San Lorenzo 110 – 97 after equaling in 91 and after raising 14 points of difference. A game with a strange setting, both Argentine teams with a mix between new players and those who could keep, especially Quimsa. Baralle and Ramrez Barrios as party figures to turn an electric game full of ups and downs and situations for both.

Quimsa showed high performance in closing. They mesh with Robinson and Gaskins passages, added to the moments to find Simpson, the prominence of the perimeter and the physical battle that was crucial and without a doubt be one of the points that play his game against Flamengo. A great appearance by Baralle and all the power and heart of Ramrez Barrios to take the victory. For the santiagueo it will be his first final of the tournament and therefore his first chance of being crowned in the competition.

Flamengo looking for his second tournament. In 2014 he took it in the Brazilian teams’ duel against Pinheiros 85 – 78 in Rio de Janeiro. Marcelinho Machado with 24 pts was the figure and had Nicols Laprovittola from the lead (now Balbi repeating Argentines from the base). Also with the peculiarity that that tournament took him undefeated (he could repeat in case of beating Quimsa). If he manages to celebrate, he will reach two conquests, equaling Pearol, San Lorenzo and Guaros de Lara as the most winners.

The history of Flamengo is different in this championship. He arrives undefeated, he dominated his group from the defensive, reached the quarterfinals where he overflowed in both games to Fuerza Regia and in the semifinal he collided with Instituto. He beat him both times (63 – 54 and 66 – 64) to make it to the final. From that cast he has several changes to consider. It no longer has Barrera, Vargas, Graham or Black but adds Luciano Gonzlez, Yago Mateus and the experience and power of Rafael Hettsheimeir after passing through Franca. Good changes enhancing his roster without a doubt.

Flamengo has a cast to fear. Balbi with all his quality in driving, Mateus was added, in addition to Marquinhos in the external shot and players with a lot of physical power but with an external shot. The aforementioned Hettsheimeir as well as Olivinha and Mineiro with experience in finals. A long roster, very strong from its defense and with a great perimeter goal. It comes with another shoot because he took the Carioca championship at the beginning of October in a very loose way and giving place to his entire team to show themselves.

Argentina will seek its sixth title, the third in a row after the two made by Barça (2 San Lorenzo, 2 Pearol, 1 Regattas). On the other side, Brazil could match the albiceleste palm groves (it has 4 so far) and leave behind a couple of second places in recent seasons. Quimsa with illusion around the corner. Glory awaits you.

Jos Fiebig