Monday, October 18

The HLA wakes up in a big way against Girona (74-62)

Jonas Zohore, the best of the game, on an attack play.

Jonas Zohore, the best of the game, on an attack play.

HLA Alicante was reunited with its best basketball to add his tenth victory of the season and cut the streak of four consecutive losses. The people of Alicante gave a radical change to the image they offered in Huesca. Just what Pedro Rivero asked for and that the team materialized with a huge game against Girona that ended up being stopped with a huge defense. It was the best match of Jonas Zohore (Rating 26) With the Lucentian shirt with a great job both in defense and attack. The pivot played a practically perfect game with a Pitts in his natural state, although the teamwork stood out above all else. It was a fast-paced and intense game that the Lucent team left on track in the third quarter with a high-karat basketball, the one necessary to defeat a rival who came to Alicante in winning momentum. The last two quarters of the Lucentum were brilliant, especially their exemplary defense, the great hallmark of the team. Girona could only score 23 points in the second half.

The HLA jumped onto the floor of the Pedro Ferrándiz ready to hit the table. The best face of Lucentum reappeared from the first play of the match in a frenzy against a high-quality Girona. Triples festival in an exciting first quarter that went a long way. After a start to the game dominated by Rivero’s team, Girona brought out its best version to endorse a partial of 0-12 that forced the Lucentino coach to stop the match before the avalanche of Catalan play. Rivero’s words had an immediate effect on his players. Two consecutive three-pointers from an exceptional Pitts put things in place and equalized on the scoreboard moments before Llompart masterfully assisted Zohore, which yesterday was at a very high level. With 20-20, he finished a very interesting and quality first quarter in all actions.

It was no less the second quarter, which had a frenetic pace with two teams more attentive to attacks than to defenses. Zohore started hard. Six consecutive points from the Dane gave Lucentum a plus under the basket. The match entered an incredible basket-swapping phase. Nobody failed. They were minutes of great quality. Galán joins the party with several fundamental actions to keep up with the match, but above all, Pitts’ performance was being vital, both in attack and defense over Sabat. To put the cherry on the fourth, a triple of Gjuroski on the horn served to get a good income at rest (44-39).

The third started the same as the previous one, with good actions from Zohore to put the HLA at 47-39. But Girona was not willing to consent to anything and endorsed a 0-5 that Llompart stops shortly before Sabat scored another triple. A match from power to power between the two teams, a great match with great equalization on the scoreboard.

The HLA entered the jamming phase in attack although it made up for it thanks to the bonus in free throws and its defense, one of the great qualities of the team and that it recovered again yesterday. A triple at last Edu Martínez gives Lucentum the maximum advantage and forces Girona to request a time-out (58-49). The Lucentinos began to put the victory on track with an 8-0 run that knocked out their rival.

Edu Martínez uncovered in the last quarter from the triple line to leave the game sentenced. Girona could not with the spectacular defense of an HLA wanting to remove the thorn of the latest results. The game was won, but Pedro Rivero’s players gave themselves up on every play and on every rebound. The Alicante team unhinged their rival in each attack. Tension in the last moments between Galán and coach Carles Marco, an anecdote in a match in which Lucentum returned.

Saturday awaits the Almansa on the same stage.

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