La Laguna (Tenerife) (EFE).- Lenovo Tenerife did its job and defeated Casademont Zaragoza (92-69) on Tuesday, a unique condition to finish fourth in the regular season and thus face the “playoff” for the title with the home court factor in their favor against Unicaja de Málaga.
And he did it as he knows how to do it, setting the standards on the field and taking advantage of the good pitchers they have to be able to make a difference. On this occasion they were fine in the shots and scored when the team needed it the most.
The good direction of Marcelinho Huertas was also vital in this victory, who in the first two quarters was essential so that Zaragoza, who began playing better than the people of Tenerife, did not go down on the scoreboard.
But the start of the game was clearly dominated by the visitors, much more involved in the game and more successful (0-7, min. 2). Mekowulu was doing a lot of damage from the outside and neither Doornekamp, first, nor Abromaitis found the formula to stop him.
Little by little, the insular team got into the game, but Huertas’s leadership was not enough to control a grown rival who found an easier basket.
Casademont Zaragoza took advantages, while Lenovo, based on arreones, managed to prevent the rival from taking important advantages in electronics. Huertas with seven points scored out of the twelve from his team and Mekuwulu, with 11 of the 15 of theirs they were still the protagonists.
Zaragoza continued to impose their rule until the end of the first quarter, even reaching a ten-point lead (13-23) two minutes after the first break.
Tenerife organized themselves better in the second quarter and gradually took control of the game. In the 14th minute he would manage to equalize the match after Shermadini’s basket. A quick timeout by Porfirio Fisac, the Casademont Zaragoza coach, could momentarily stop a successful home team, but it did not prevent them from taking their first lead in the 15th minute after a three-pointer from Sasu Salin.
The last moments of the second quarter were a nonsense for the visitors who were unable to focus on the game and allowed the people of Tenerife to take their first important advantages and thus reach the break with a 44-37 score.
Now with the score in their favour, Lenovo Tenerife knew how to play their tricks better and took the opportunity to command the score with some comfort, although it would not be until the start of the last quarter when they would leave the game sentenced against a Zaragoza that did not deserve the difference that the score reflected at the end of the clash (92-69).
Lenovo Tenerife 92 (17+27+20+28). Huertas (16), Salin (3), Cook (-), Doornekamp (9), Shermadini (15) -initial-, Abromaitis (6), Fitipaldo (6), Diagne (5), Fernández (5), Sastre ( 13), Bolmaro (12) and Guerra (2).
Casademont Zaragoza 69 (25+12+15+17). Sant-Roos (13), Wright (5), Yusta (8), Makowulu (15), Mara (3) -initial-, Langarita (2), Jessup (8), Ponitka (6), Simanic (2), Hinalson (2) and Cruz (5).
Referees: Caballero, Sánchez Mohedas and Baena.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the last day of the regular phase of the ACB League, played in the Santiago Martín Sports pavilion, before some four thousand people. EFE