Thursday, March 30, 2023

Key day in the BCL

Key day in Europe. Actually, a key week in Unicaja’s journey in the Basketball Champions League. The greens play tonight (8:30 p.m.) in the carpena against him Galatasaraythe same rival they will visit 48 hours later in istanbulin a double confrontation between compositors and Turks in which the team of Ibon Navarro p.He can leave his pass to the play off of the quarterfinals of the competition on track FIBA.

The truth is that the BCL It has been the great objective of this team since the beginning of the season. about the Copa del Rey of badalona It has been a success as deserved as it was unexpected, but the cup glory has not minimized that kind of “obsession” what is for him Unicaja this Basketball Champions League 2022/2023.

He Unicajathe undefeated leader of the group with 2-0, is looking for a double win this week that would place him one step away from finishing group champion and thus play the quarterfinal play-off with a home field advantage, the last step before that Final Four what waits in the Martin Carpena… as long as Unicaja is among the four finalists. Normal that there is illusion in The Guindos before so many incentives.

The game comes at a very good time for the greens. There are no casualties, beyond the known of nihad djedovic. The team demonstrated on Saturday against Girona that continues in the same good dynamics that it exhibited in the Badalona Cup and today is a good day to prove it because the shortcut to the long-awaited quarters (with a home field advantage) means not failing today or on Thursday.

What Galatasaray will Unicaja meet today? Well it’s a good question. A priori, the Turks appeared in the forecasts as the great rival of Unicaja in the fight for the leadership of that group K, but the results have changed that roadmap. They lost the last day on their track against the AEK of Athens and your situation is really limit. They are playing it today and we will have to see how they manage that need before a Unicaja who knows that he cannot fail.

At a statistical level, the Galatasaray Nef he is the 2nd best scorer in the BCL (85.6 points per game) and 3rd in assists (20.5). As for players, the shooting guard Dylan Ennis (14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists) and the power forward Angelo Caloiaro (13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 16.1 PIR), both former ACB, are their main scoring references in a team in which the interior also stands out Sadik Kabaka (10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds) and the shooter Tyrus McGee (11.8 points, 3 assists).

In addition, to alleviate the drop in Dee Bost (signed by the Asvel Villeurbanne), incorporated the pivot, former Carplus Fuenlabrada, Dusan Ristic (14 points, 11.5 rebounds, 24.5 PIR) and point guard Daron Russell (13 points, 4.5 assists).

Watch out for the great atmosphere that is going to live again in the stands of the Sport’s palace. It’s not going to be crowded like Saturday against the Basketball Gironabut it is likely that there will be around 8,000 souls pushing the team in a game with a lot at stake.

The appointment is at 8:30 p.m. Unicaja vs Galatasaray. Two teams with a brilliant past in European basketball that want to continue making history, now in the “world” FIBA.


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