Sunday, December 3, 2023

Unicaja puts pressure on Lenovo, but Tenerife holds on and beats Baskonia

Unicaja and Tenerife, with the permission of Joventut and Gran Canaria, appear to be the two teams destined to fight face to face for fourth place in the Endesa League table at the end of the Regular Season. With Baskonia, Barça and Real Madrid already far away, only one more place remains free (the fourth) to have a home field advantage in the quarterfinal playoff for the title. And it seems that this pending booty will be for the canaries or for the typesetters.

With 7 days to play before the crosses for the title, Unicaja will try to recover that victory from a disadvantage, with a match that will be key to the final resolution of the fight between the two to be fourth, Unicaja-Lenovo Tenerife, which will be played at the Martín Carpena on a date yet to be defined, since the one initially scheduled on the calendar coincides with the Final Four of the Basketball Champions League. The ACB must, in this way, find an alternative day for the people of Tenerife and Malaga to play their match corresponding to the penultimate day of the league.

The truth is that this Unicaja has surprised this course by breaking all kinds of barriers, being a very competitive team that can beat any rival and in any situation. But the truth is that It will not be easy to finish fourth because Lenovo’s calendar seems affordable to maintain its advantage against the most demanding team that awaits Unicaja in this final sprint of the Regular Phase.

In addition to that Unicaja-Lenovo Tenerife, The greens have to visit Breogán, Casademont Zaragoza, Real Madrid and Bilbao Basket, while Joel Parra’s Joventut and Manresa will have to pass through Martín Carpena. What remains for Lenovo Tenerife, in addition to their visit to Malaga, is to welcome Breogán, UCAM Murcia and Casademont Zaragoza to their court in La Laguna, while they will have to visit the fields of Bilbao Basket, Covirán Granada and Girona.

Given the equality that exists in this League, we must keep an eye on the average between Unicaja and Lenovo, which may be the one that finally decides who is fourth and who is fifth when the Regular League ends. In the first round match held in Tenerife, the greens lost 91-84, seven points of income that Unicaja will try to improve in the pending clash between the two at the Martín Carpena.

The fight for fourth place is still open. And Unicaja is clear that it is not going to give in.


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