81-68: UCAM complicates the playoff for Unicaja

The UCAM Murcia has won this Saturday with authority by 81-68 at Unicaja and clings to his chances of qualifying for the title playoffs at the Endesa League and get a European square.

The UCAM He imposed his law in a game in which his devastating second quarter, with a 31-12 run, was key, no matter how much 20 minutes left to play since then, in which the Granas held the pull of their rival.

With this result the Murcian team, in which the American base reappeared Conner Frankamp three months and a day later and already recovered from the bone edema with a fracture in the right knee that he suffered in February, he stands with 14 victories in 33 games, one of the composer set, which is still eighth in the table now with a background from 16-16. The typesetters, at least, manage to save the difference in points with respect to this opponent, whom they beat 102-81 in the first round.

The first period was one of low scoring and many errors (8-9 after eight minutes) and the team led by Sito Alonso managed to finish it up on the scoreboard (15-12), despite their blunder with the triples -1/9 from long distance – with success in his ninth attempt and the third thrown by Frankamp.

In the second period both teams got into an exchange of baskets and the greater success of the granas, now with the triples, made them open an advantage (26-18) with Isaiah Taylor already in nine points and Frankamp in six, with three top-value shots between the two.

Fotis Katsikaris stopped the meeting with time-out, but with DJ Strawberry also toned the difference continued to grow until 46-24 with which the break was reached. The UCAM CB He almost doubled his opponent with a 31-12 run in these ten minutes.

The Unicaja, without hurting his inner game – only three points of Ruben Guerrero and one of Malcolm thomas as for the pivots in the first half-, they were at the mercy of a more intense rival and this was reflected in the fact that the home team had placed four blocks for none of the visitors and in the clear dominance of the rebound -26 catches vs. 14-.

In the malagueños Jaime Fernandez, with 10 points, he was the top scorer from the clash at halftime and almost the only one who resisted the green debacle.

The resumption had a similar script at the beginning of the match and the fact that there were few points was already good for the team that led with such a difference. In addition, in the Andalusians Darío BrizuelaSurely a nail to hold on to, he got four fouls in the 23rd minute and after having committed two in a row.

The difference, which reached its top with 50-26, was consolidated around 20 goals, but the reaction of those from Katsikaris It would end up arriving and a 3-17 partial left the score at 53-43 in the 28th minute.

Sito Alonso tried to rebuild his team, although the 12 points of Deon Thompson In this third quarter they made us enter the last one still with options for a Malaga comeback (57-45).

A triple of Adam waczynski allowed the Unicaja drop from the psychological difference of 10 points (57-48), but the UCAM he knew what to do and put the direct back on. Thus he recovered his mattress with the 70-50 already with less than six minutes to play after a tray of Nemanja Radovic, a 2 + 1 of Taylor, a triple of Thomas Bellas and another basket of Taylor, top scorer of the clash with his 19 points. Those actions completed a 10-0 at the moment of truth.

The great work of Emanuel cate Y Augusto Lima on the rebound – nine for the Romanian and eight for the Brazilian – they were also key factors in a victory that the Murcians would not miss.

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Summary of UCAM Murcia - Unicaja (81 - 68)

Data sheet

81 – UCAM Murcia Club Baloncesto (15 + 31 + 11 + 24): Bellas (11), Taylor (19), Rojas (3), Webb (1) and Lima (6) -five starting-, Davis (12), Radovic (4), Cate (6), Strawberry (6), Frankamp (7) and Vasileiadis (6).

68 – Unicaja de Málaga (12 + 12 + 21 + 23): Alberto Díaz (-), Brizuela (7), Waczynski (7), Abromaitis (10) and Guerrero (3) -five starting-, Thompson (12), Jaime Fernández (17), Francis Alonso (3), Thomas (3) and Bouteille (6).

Referees: Miguel Ángel Pérez Pérez, Juan de Dios Oyón Cauqui and Yasmina Alcaraz Moreno. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-sixth day of the Endesa Basketball League that was played without an audience at the Palacio de los Deportes in Murcia.

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