Perfumerías Avenida challenges the champion Valencia Basket for the LF Endesa


The Final of the Endesa Women’s League begins this Thursday with the first of the matches between Perfumerías Avenida and Valencia Basket, in a Municipal Pavilion of Würzburg in Salamanca (8:30 p.m.) that will try to give CB Avenida the advantage in its attempt to recover a scepter that Last year they conquered, for the first time, a Valencia Basket that arrives diminished but eager to repeat the title.

What promises to end up being a derby or a classic of Spanish women’s basketball will experience a new chapter starting this Thursday, in a final that will be decided by the best of three games and, unlike last year, with Perfumerías Avenida with the court factor in his favor, help to try to recover the throne.

With 8 League titles in its possession, Perfumerías Avenida could be at the top of the competition’s record and leave behind the tie with the now deceased Ros Casares Valencia, whose formative basketball was swallowed up by a Valencia Basket that, since that integration In 2014, it is reaping fruits.

The ‘taronja’ won the 2023 Endesa Women’s League quickly (2-0) against Perfumerías Avenida, which was then the double reigning champion team after winning, on both occasions, against Valencia Basket. So this is the fourth consecutive final between both teams and the Valencians want to equalize this balance.

But the series will begin at the Würzburg Pavilion in Salamanca, where the locals already beat Valencia Basket in the regular phase by 71-56 and, in La Fonteta, the result was 44-61 for the Castilian-Leonese team. So Perfumerías starts with a slight favoritism but the ‘taronja’ will be thirsty for revenge.

The series is expected to be a long battle between Perfumerías Avenida, with a view to that ninth title and to recover the hegemony of all, and a Valencia Basket that wants to culminate in the best way its defense of the first league victory, achieving a 0- 1 in the pavilion where he reached the summit last year.

Furthermore, if the ‘taronja’ manage to assault the Salamanca fiefdom, on Sunday the 12th they would enjoy a first ‘match ball’ for the title at the Fuente de San Luis Pavilion in Valencia. But in this final there will be important casualties on both sides.

Valencia Basket’s Mallorcan forward Alba Torrens misses the final due to a knee injury – a sprain to the lateral ligament in her left knee – that occurred last weekend, thus adding to her long-term absence. duration of center Raquel Carrera, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in the Copa de la Reina.

At Perfumerías Avenida they also have a significant loss, since the veteran Spanish international point guard Silvia Domínguez misses the final due to a muscle injury suffered in the quarterfinal match of the Women’s League playoffs against BAXI Ferrol.

And Perfumerías Avenida is in this Final after overcoming the Galician team in the quarterfinals (61-49 in the first leg in Ferrol and 87-69 in Salamanca for CB Avenida) and beating the Catalan Spar Girona in the semis, also with a comeback included after losing the first leg in Fontajau (73-61) and winning with authority at home by 82-51.

For its part, Valencia Basket has just beaten IDK Euskotren in the quarterfinals, with two victories by 59-60 and 79-69, and from passing Casademont Zaragoza both in the first leg at the Príncipe Felipe Pavilion (53-80 ) as in the return in La Fonteta (80-60). The moment of truth begins for both teams.