Saturday, December 9, 2023

Unicaja: 7 days to start the third season in the BCL

The countdown to start the Basketball Champions League 2023/24 It has already begun. He Unicaja In just one week, it will begin its third journey through the FIBA ​​European tournament, an event marked on the calendar for which the rectors, the coaching staff and the players sigh after losing the opportunity at the Final Four in May in Malaga.

The new journey will begin in Hungarian lands in front of the Falco Vulcano Szombathely. On October 24, the European competition will premiere at the Martín Carpena with the landing of the Le Mans French and later, on November 7, that of Peristeri Bwin by Vassilis Spanoulis. From there the second part of the group stage will begin: trip to the French court -22nd-, reception at Szombathely -December 6- and the last match will be in Peristeri -19th-, hopefully with the pass already closed to the Round of 16.

Great hopes in the BCL

After losing the opportunity to win the title in the Final Four held last May in Malaga, the club wants to remove the thorn that remained deep inside after fall in the semifinals against TJ Shorts’ Telekom Baskets Bonn -current champion and MVP- and in the fight for third and fourth place against Lenovo Tenerife. A ‘stick’ – recognized by everyone after the great expectations generated – for which the rectors are now putting all their attention in order to be, at least, in the new final four.

Hapoel Jerusalem will be one of the great rivals in the BCL this year. Jorge Zapata (EFE)

However, it will not be an easy season. In fact, the level of the BCL has taken a step forward again. To the now classic Unicaja, Tenerife or Hapoel Jerusalem They have joined this course with great templates Karsiyaka Pine Grove, Galatasarayhe Peristeri of Vassilis Spanoulis or the Derthona Basket, among others. Now, very good names that guarantee nothing at all. Ask Galatasaray, who did not make it past the Round of 16, or Turkish Karsiyaka, eliminated by UCAM Murcia in the play-in.

Joventut, previous step

Despite everything, there is still one last league rival to give way to the Basketball Champions League. And what a rival. Joventut visits a somewhat injured Unicaja this Saturday, starting at 8:45 p.m. at Martín Carpena. The composers will need to find sensations and results to overcome that tough 1-3 in the Endesa League against a direct rival that will arrive with some of the big names in this start of the Endesa League.


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