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.