Unicaja and Básquet Girona battle it out in the Liga Endesa


Unicaja beat Monbus Obradoiro (87-74) and Bàsquet Girona beat Zunder Palencia (76-80) this Saturday on matchday 8 of the Endesa League, both teams at the top of the table with five wins.

Dylan Otsekowski was the protagonist of the fourth consecutive league victory for the Malaga team, fifth in total, with 19 points and a PIR of 22. Ibon Navarro’s team withstood the pulse of a ‘Obra’ that kept the duel open at all times.

A 26-18 in the last quarter tipped the balance for the locals, with Martín Carpena satisfied with the choral performance that reflected the numbers of Nihad Djedovic (15 points), Kameron Taylor (13) and Will Thomas (16 rating). The Galician team suffered its second defeat in a row, three in the last four games.

On the other hand, Bàsquet Girona added its fifth victory of the season, its second in a row to confirm an important reaction, by beating last-place Zunder Palencia with pick and shovel. Chumi Ortega, with a rating of 28, led the local team, but Girona won away with 16 points from Ike Iroegbu and a good game from Sergi Martínez and Quino Colom.

In addition, Casademont Zaragoza came back (77-63) against Surne Bilbao Basket with a run of 38-8 between the end of the third quarter and the last. Mark Smith (23 points and 29 PIR) was the handy hero against a Basque team that suffered its third consecutive defeat.

Meanwhile, Lenovo Tenerife lifted its difficult start to the season a little with a 71-53 victory over MorBanc Andorra. Txus Vidorreta’s team dominated from start to finish in La Laguna, with a great defense, and signed its fourth victory in five games. Marcelinho Huertas was the best with 12 points, 8 assists and 18 PIR.