The HLA Alicante has thrown this Saturday of breed and trade to come back in Almansa (93-99) and add its sixth consecutive victory that consolidates him as the undefeated leader of the LEB Oro League after a long-suffering and hard-working triumph in “La Bombonera” in La Mancha. After a weak and hesitant start to the game, Lucentum cemented a new success in their great reaction midway through the third quarter thanks to a 0-14 run and the stellar appearance of Edu Martínez with three consecutive triples.
Pedro Rivero’s team is now going to a week off before receiving on Sunday December 6 (18.00) the second classified, Covirán Granada de Bamba Fall.
Lucentum repeated previous mistakes at the start of the game with lack of defensive concentration and little patience in the development of the play, which were perfectly used by Almansa.
The team of former Lucentian coach Rubén Perelló knew how to overcome the last-minute loss of his starting point guard José Pérez and took the initiative in the game and on the scoreboard throughout the first half thanks, above all, to the direction of Noguerol, the triples of Nogués and the inside game of Cvetinovic.
Too contemplative under his basket and hasty in attack, HLA Alicante saw in the first quarter how Almansa went to 31 points in favor (31-23 in the first set) with an impressive series of five out of five in shots of three points.
Up to 11 rental points came to have the Albacete team, which only found the replica in front of Urtasun and something by Jorge Bilbao. The Lucentum Foundation suffered, with a deep hole in its defensive zone, until Rivero’s team tightened the nuts in defense at the beginning of the second quarter and Chumi Ortega entered the scene with two consecutive triples (36-31) and Justin Pitts.
The Alicante team cut distances to three points in this phase, but in the subsequent exchange of baskets the La Mancha felt comfortable, who were somewhat more rushed towards the end of the first half with four consecutive points of Galán and Pitts to leave the scoreboard at halftime at 51-44 and lower the scorers’ balance by 10 points in the second set.
The tonic was going to be maintained after the break, with a rigorous unsportsmanlike to Llompart included, until midway through the third quarter, the HLA was fully connected to the game with much more intensity and aggressiveness in defense and closing the rebound.
At that time, Edu Martínez appeared as the protagonist., who with three consecutive triples, plus another from the Mallorcan point guard, completed a 0-14 run to put Lucentum back in front for the first time since Urtasun’s starting basket of three. Another rigorous unsportsmanlike hit fell to Edu, but Rivero’s team no longer tolerated any more distractions, began to distribute hits among all its players and no longer let go of command of the match.
With four points ahead (71-75) the Alicante started the last set against an Almansa who also has caste and did not give up. The visitor advantage became 11 points (75-86) with seven minutes to go, but Perelló’s men reduced it to just three (85-88) after a 12-4 run with four minutes to go.
It was time for the leader to show his stripes and Llompart closed the debate on the court with two consecutive triples that put down the La Mancha rebellion and further boosted this HLA Alicante, which knows how to suffer and react to add its fifteenth consecutive victory in official competitionl, sixth of the current season.
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