Tijuana (Mexico), Oct 16 (EFE) .- The Soles de Mexicali of Spanish coach Iván Déniz beat the Abejas de León 86-80 this Saturday to qualify for the postseason of the Mexican Basketball League that will start on the 26th of October.
The Suns, who due to the pandemic play as locals in the border city of Tijuana, are the leaders of the western zone with 11 wins and six defeats, above the Libertadores de Querétaro, second in the standings, and the Astros de Jalisco del Spanish coach Sergio Valdeolmillos, third.
The best scorer of Déniz’s men was American Joe Lawson, who from the bench contributed 21 points, three rebounds and four assists, in addition to making four 3-pointers in seven attempts.
Mexicali came back in the third quarter against the Bees of Spanish strategist Pablo García. At half time, the Iberian mentors duel was 39-38 in favor of León.
Those led by Déniz had a third quarter of nine points from Joe Lawson, who got six of them with a pair of triples that marked the way to victory to go to the final period 63-56 up.
In addition to Lawson’s good sense, the Suns remained powerful in the paint, scoring six points and grabbing 11 rebounds, which allowed them to limit León to his worst quarter on offense with 17 points.
In the final 10 minutes, Lawson remained the protagonist of the Suns and dispatched five units with a triple more.
The Suns also took advantage of Leon’s six losses that morphed into six units that helped Mexicali win the 86-80 win.
In other results on Saturday, Jalisco defeated the champion Fuerza Regia of Argentine strategist Nicolás Casalánguida 96-89, Querétaro beat the Panteras de Aguascalientes 105-101, and the Halcones de Xalapa defeated the Dorados de Chihuahua 82-79 .
Less than a week before the end of the regular season, which ends on Friday, the Dorados are the best team in the east with 10 wins and seven losses, followed by Fuerza Regia, in second place, and the Durango Lumberjacks.
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