MADRID, 21 May. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Unicaja de Málaga did not take fourth place in the Endesa League from Lenovo Tenerife this Sunday, despite beating it 75-71 in a match corresponding to the 33rd and penultimate round, postponed at the time due to the participation of both clubs in the recent Final Four of the Basketball Champions League.
With that tournament in mind, where Tenerife finished third after beating Unicaja himself (79-84) in the José María Martín Carpena Pavilion, the pupils of Ibon Navarro and Txus Vidorreta faced each other again. In addition, the two had pending accounts since the last final of the Copa del Rey, a joy for the team from Malaga (80-83).
Guided by the 19 points of the American-Montenegrin point guard Kendrick Perry, Unicaja prevailed this time by a difference of +4. This was the most important thing in the outcome of the duel, since the Tenerife team had won the first round of the league by 91-84, so losing now by four points helped them to keep their fourth place.
Bulgarian power forward David Kravish had a play in the final moments to make it 77-69, but missed his reverse hook and the rebound was captured by Tenerife, who then sealed the result with two free throws scored by Aaron Doornekamp . On the final possession, Perry missed a 3-pointer and didn’t add to the bitter victory.