The HLA Alicante threw caste and trade yesterday to come back in Almansa (93-99) and add their sixth consecutive victory which strengthens him as the undefeated leader of the LEB Oro League after a long-suffering and hard-working triumph at “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’s break before receiving on Sunday, December 6 (6:00 p.m.) the second classified, Covirán Granada de Bamba Fall.
Lucentum repeated previous mistakes at the start of the match 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 the scoreboard throughout the first half thanks, above all, to the direction of Noguerol, the triples of Nogués and Cvetinovic’s inside game.
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. The Albacete team had up to 11 rent, which only found the replica in front of Urtasun and some of 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, again Lucent’s leading scorer with 19 points.
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 from Galán and Pitts to leave the score at halftime at 51-44 and lower the local scoring balance by 10 points in the second quarter.
The trend was to be maintained after the break, with a rigorous unsportsmanlike performance against Llompart included, until midway through the third quarter, the HLA fully connected to the game with much more intensity and aggressiveness in defense and the closing of the rebound. At that moment, Edu Martínez broke into the lead, with three consecutive triples, plus another from the Mallorcan base, completed a 0-14 run to put Lucentum ahead for the first time since Urtasun’s initial three-point basket. Another excessive unsportsmanlike 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 the command of the match.
With four points ahead (71-75) the Alicante started the last quarter against Almansa who also has caste and did not give up. The visitor’s advantage came to be 11 points (75-86) with seven minutes to go, but Perelló’s men came to reduce it to only three (85-88) after a 12-4 run in the 36th minute. that the leader showed 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 competition, sixth of the current season for a team that does not stop growing.
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