Saturday, December 9, 2023

Unicaja-Breogán: Good opportunity to continue adding

Unicaja, at its sweetest moment so far this year, with four wins in a row, welcomes Breogán this Saturday at the Martín Carpena (6:30 p.m./Vamos)an “alleged” rival conducive to being able to add one more victory, allowing the greens to climb the table and increase the streak of good results that the team has seen since beating Joventut, a couple of weekends ago.

The truth is that Breogán arrives very diminished in Málaga, without Sergi García, without Anthony Polite and without Toni Nakic, all of them injured, in addition to the absence of their latest signing, the former NBA Justin Anderson, who has not arrived in time to to be able to debut in this match at the Martín Carpena.

Ibon Navarro talks to his players. ACBPhoto-M.Pozo

El Breogán, 1-5 in the classification

The people of Lugo are penultimate in the League standings, with only one victory in six games, although it is true that they have competed in almost all their games and that must be taken into account.

Given what we have seen, it seems clear that the key to the match is in the version we see of Unicaja. If Ibon’s team plays at their level, it is almost impossible for the Palacio to win. If the team slacks off, doesn’t play focused and underestimates its rival, then that’s when problems can arise.

Ibon Navarro has doubts about Kendrick Perry, with shoulder problems. The point guard has not trained since Tuesday and his presence in the game will be decided at the last moment, depending on his evolution. If he cannot be there, his place in the squad will be occupied by youth player Mario Saint-Supéry.

At a statistical level, the Galicians are the team that receives the most fouls in the Endesa League (23.50) and the one that loses the fewest balls (10.8 – Unicaja being 2nd in this record, with 11.5-); They are also second in offensive rebounds (14.33) and third in recoveries (10.67).

Unicaja is looking for its fifth straight victory. Alex Zea

Renewed template

As for players, Río Breogán presents a completely remodeled squad. In the forward position he stands out Matas Jogela. The Lithuanian, debutant in the Endesa League, has become one of the players to watch in the competition at the start of the season, averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 recoveries, having He has already starred in some great performances, such as against Lenovo Tenerife (21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 goals and 2 blocks for a PIR of 32).

Breogán is 1-5 in the standings. ACBPhoto

In the young Lugo squad, the interior game that they lead stands out Juan Fernandez (10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, with 2.7 offensive -4th in the Endesa League- for a 12.8 rating), well accompanied by Mouhamet Diouf (7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks -4th in the league-) Martynas Sajus (6.7 points, 4 rebounds) and Matej Rudan (5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds).

Abroad, Stefan Momirov (7.5 points in 29 minutes of play -4th-) and the newcomer Conner Frankamp (2.5 points) are some of their references, in addition to the intensity they provide the Quintela brothersSergi (7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2 assists) and Erik (3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists) and Albert Ventura (2.3 points).

The Carpena will once again have a great atmosphere. Alex Zea

Gala atmosphere

Carpena will once again show off a great image. Around 9,000 spectators are expected to bring color to the stands and try to lead the team to its fifth straight win.. Hopefully.


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