Fuenla takes the second derby of the preseason

Paco García's men beat Movistar Estudiantes for the second time in the preseason (91-84), who have still not won so far in preparation for the start of the Endesa League.


The American point guard Melo Trimble and the Estonian power forward Siim-Sander Vene, with 24 and 18 points respectively, gave Urbas Fuenlabrada their second derby of the preseason against Movistar Estudiantes (91-84), which came back and competed until the final but still without winning in preparation phase.

Paco García's team, undefeated in the five friendlies they have played, had the direction and success of Trimble (5 of 6 in triples and 5 assists) and the response from Vene's triple (4 of 5 attempts) to overshadow the awakening of the collegiate star, the Frenchman Edwin Jackson, who stood out with 25 points, the 17 of the American Alec Brown or the good third quarter of Víctor Arteaga, with a 'double-double' of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The derby, the second of this preseason after the one played two weeks ago at the Movistar Academy Magariños, which ended with a 78-80 away victory, with the local losses of Tomás Bellas and Chema González and the visiting absences of the Dominican Ángel Delgado and the Lithuanian Dovydas Giedraitis began as a schoolyard, still at Fernando Martín, back and forth until Trimble, who could have been a schoolboy in March but ended up being Fuenlabreño in July, began to impose its law with trays and assists.

With Melo and a good defense, 'Fuenla' grew up against an astonished Estudiantes who lost 8 balls in 10 minutes and was very soft in the defense of his hoop. Javier Zamora called a time-out with 18-11 on the scoreboard (min. 7), without success because his team only scored two free throws from Jackson, while the locals left eleven with the clasp of a penetration by the young Slovenian point guard Ziga Samar , 19 years old, 'fish' from the Madrid quarry (24-13) .

Fuenlabrada added and continued in the second set, thanks to the physical power of their new center, the American Robert Upshaw, and the picaresque of Marc García, who took a horrible pass from Cvetkovic to give Samar the '2 + 1'. The collegiate reaction, with the help of triples from the Serbian and Edgar Vicedo, and the defense in the zone, began to balance the duel (32-27) .

With a good Arteaga under the hoops, Estudiantes gained confidence and the races returned, the triples of the Serbian shooter Aleksa Avramovic and another mate from the Cuenca center equalized the duel at the edge of the break at 37, although a final free kick by Emegano put the 38 -37 with which the teams went to the dressing room.

A brief collegiate lead with a basket and additional shot from Brown gave way to an 8-0 run by Fuenlabrada (46-40) with an imperial Trimble. Despite this, Brown did not give up in his efforts to bring the schoolboys closer to the outside and inside, he was joined by Avramovic and his compatriot Nemanja Djurisic to equalize (54-54, min. 26), giving way to a dynamic quarter-final and no owner that ended 61-62.

The schoolboys bet on finishing the task from the 6.75 meter line: first Avramovic, then Brown and then Cvetkovic, but before all the figure of Estonian Siim-Sander Vene was erected, responding with equal effectiveness, and a transition finished by Upshaw maintained local leadership 3 minutes from the end (80-73) .

Exploiting the physical superiority of their new pivot and with two triples almost followed by Melo Trimble (89-80), Paco García's men shelved the derby despite Jackson's latest attempts. The duel ended with a 91-84, the fifth victory for Fuenlabrada and the sixth preparation game lost for the collegiate team, ten days before the start of the Endesa League.

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