Sunday, December 4

Cáceres, to reissue its best version

Mbala and Carrera, during an individual set last Friday. / ARMANDO MENDEZ


After their victory on Friday, Roberto Blanco’s team will look this Sunday against Lleida to force the fifth game of the series


Still with the echo of last Friday’s victory in the ears of Cáceres fans, the Multiusos returns to dress up. Roberto Blanco’s team will receive this Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to Lleida to settle the fourth game of a series that the Catalan team dominates by two wins to one.

With the aim of forcing the fifth and final match of this quarter-final tie for promotion to the ACB, Cáceres will try to repeat their best defensive version, like the one offered in the third match. And it is that the Extremaduran team managed to get out of their boxes such qualified and experienced players as Carrera, who on several occasions was overcome by the leonine defenses raised from the Cáceres bench.

On a day in which the Multiusos once again became the ‘Multisueños’, Roberto Blanco did not hesitate to value what was contributed from the stands: «I congratulate the fans because they have shown a know-how and a spirit worthy of this club and from this city. I congratulate them for having led us to the victory that we all wanted, ”the green-black coach thanked in the press room this past Friday. In the same way, he also had words of recognition for his players: «I congratulate you for always believing in your possibilities and in our ideas. They have shown a great capacity for mental recovery.

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The coach of the Verdinegro team stated that the defensive work of his men was “exceptional” and expressed satisfaction with the fact that they had maintained a certain balance on both sides of the pitch: “We were able to defend and rebound. The team has been serene, calm and has shared the ball well to get comfortable shots. In this game we asked to enjoy basketball and the team. The happy faces say it all. When we are a united team, we are very difficult.

Blanco, who advocates fighting this series to the end, has a premise for this Sunday: “We will try to return the love we have received from the stands and we will try to get the players to arrive with this boost of positive energy.”

For his part, the visiting coach, Gerard Finds, was disappointed with the attitude exhibited by his pupils: «We have gone to war without weapons and they have riddled us. They were going at a different speed and have been better from the first second. They have come out with more desire and energy.” The latter, in his opinion, is what his team will have to change this Sunday to sentence the tie without having to resort to the fifth game. In the same way, Find avoided talking about tactical issues, considering that his players did not leave the necessary imprint on the Multipurpose floor to have fought for victory.

In the event that Cáceres achieves victory in this fourth match, the tie would return to Catalan lands, where the final match would be played on June 10 at the Barris Nord in Lérida. It should be remembered that the winner of this quarterfinal tie will qualify to play the final four on June 18 and 19. From there will come the team that will accompany Granada to the ACB this coming campaign.

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As far as the rest of the quarter-final qualifiers are concerned, both Girona and Palencia have settled their respective qualifiers on the fast track (3-0). The Catalans have got rid of Coruña and the Castilian-Leoneses of Oviedo. In addition to the Lleida-Cáceres tie, the other tie that has yet to be decided is the Estudiantes-Valladolid (2-1) after the Pisuerga team managed to win the third game this past Friday.

Thus, whatever the result of this Sunday, it will be the last game of the season in a Multipurpose that has seen the playoffs return for promotion to the ACB six years after the last tie played by Cáceres, on that occasion in front of Melilla. To continue with options, the Extremadurans will only be worth the victory.

The experienced Austrian game director will be obliged to make the Catalan team’s offensive machinery work this Sunday.

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