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CAB Estepona takes the derby over Unicaja Mijas (68-65)

It was difficult to start the CAB Estepona Garden on the Costa del Sol, which after the first few moments (2-1, min. 2) saw Unicaja Mijas approach the game with its usual intensity and trying to grow from an aggressive defense that made them look superior at the start not only because of the score. , but because of the attitude. The differences were not great in the Pineda’s light, but the losses, the second chances after missing the shot and an improvable defense allowed those from the capital to go ahead at the end of the first ten minutes (16-20) despite Oshlynn Brown’s five points and Conchi Satorre’s six.

From there, the locals knew how to click and show a better version, although Francis Trujillo’s pupils, who always play especially motivated against CAB Estepona, were going to fight it at all times. Soon Marina Gea put her team within a single possession difference (18-20, min. 11), but Akillah Bethel first and Marta Ortega later gave oxygen to theirs again. The CAB Estepona Jardín players on the Costa del Sol were being better, but some defensive mistakes and the hard-working offensive of Unicaja Mijas refused to turn the score around. The 0/6 in triples at halftime (30-34) hurt an Estepona team that, with the exception of Satorre (10 points), led to halftime with a very distributed score.

Unicaja Mijas tried to impose its game in the first stages of the third period and open the gap, but the locals, pushed by a crowd that began to get particularly fired up after halftime, were not willing to stumble for the second consecutive game against a team located in the antipodes of the classification and playing at home. Of course, it was not until the final stretch of the quarter that the CAB Estepona Jardín de la Costa del Sol managed to complete the comeback (48-47) after a free throw by Patri Benet. From there, Unicaja Mijas never had a real chance of winning the match.

The figure of Kris Raksanyi was key in the last ten minutes: he started with seven goals and would score 15 by the end of the match. The Hungarian put the +3 on the scoreboard before Wiktoria Keller equalized the score from beyond the arc (52-52, min. 33), but CAB Estepona Jardín on the Costa del Sol was still better. A triple by Raksanyi and two baskets by Satorre and Pati Benet seemed to break the game (59-52) and forced Francis Trujillo to stop the game with just over five minutes left. The visitors knew how to react, being correct in front of the rim and in the face of Brown’s continuous search in the paint. The score was even (61-61), but then Raksanyi and Aleksandra Parzenska took out their rifle from long distance to give a four-point advantage that would already be insurmountable despite the errors of Francis Tomé’s team, who lost several key balls and They were not correct from the four-sixty line.

Data sheet

CAB Estepona Garden of the Costa del Sol 68 (14-16-18-20): Gea (4), Satorre (17), Raksanyi (15), Parzenska (7) and Brown (14) -starting five-, Vera (-), Viruel (4), Masiá (2), González (-), Benet (3), Traoré (-) and Mortensen (2).

Unicaja Mijas 65 (20-14-13-18): Gutiérrez (2), Ortega (11), Keller (13), Bethel (15) and Vieitas (10) -starting five-, Moreno (0), Gómez (0), García (2), Ruiz (6), Filor (6), Cánaves (-) and Arrebola (0).


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