MADRID, 14 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Barça yielded (79-87) this Sunday at the Palau against Valencia Basket that endorsed the Catalans their first defeat in the Endesa League, in a day 10 that Real Madrid took advantage of, with a hard-fought victory (85-88) against the Urbas Fuenlabrada, to equalize 9-1 at the top of the table.
Sarunas Jasikevicius’s men lost their undefeated condition and they also did so in the heat of their fans, because of a Valencia that is leaving demonstrations of strength in its new stage with Joan Peñarroya. The local team lived on the back of Mirotic (22 points), but lacked defense and more arsenal.
Valencia did not collapse at any time and kept their face to the meeting until they struck in the last quarter, a 16-24 that dismounted the leader. Jasiel Rivero (25 PIR), López-Arostegui (19) and Dubljevic (17) took the Palau.
In the morning, Madrid had fulfilled in an expensive derby south of the capital. A triple by Thomas Heurtel on the horn gave the whites the victory, a jug of cold water for the locals after fighting to get out of the relegation places.
Fabien Causeur and Walter Tavares, who ended up expelled in the final agony, were the support of a Madrid that had to pull all its weapons to win the victory of Fernando Martín. After the whites and Barça marches a Lenovo Tenerife (7-3) that beat Coosur Betis (72-81) with a great match in Seville.
The Canaries were led by Bruno Fitipaldo, 22 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, a PIR of 28, to dominate from the first quarter. With six wins is a BAXI Manresa who, led by a lethal duo formed by Moneke (15 points, 19 PIR) and Bako (17 and 19), beat Río Breogán (86-75).
In addition, in the lower zone, Surne Bilbao Basket achieved its third victory, again in front of its fans, at the expense of a Monbus Obradoiro also in three victories and that sold the defeat dearly (80-76). Ludde Hakanson (21 points) was the most outstanding.