Fuenlabrada takes an agonizing victory against San Pablo Burgos

Vene and Trimble led the second victory of the preseason for Paco García's men (83-78). A step back for the people of Burgos who came from beating RETAbet Bilbao and Baskonia.


Basketball Fuenlabrada added its second victory of the preseason against San Pablo Burgos (83-78) in an exciting final in which the triples gave the Castilian team options, but the local defense and free throws ended up deciding the triumph of the side of the Paco García's team.

The new project from Fuenlabrada is advancing at a good pace, endorsing the match won against Movistar Estudiantes with a new victory against a level rival, a San Pablo Burgos who had just won Bilbao and Baskonia, and will be in the Final to Eight of the League Basketball Champions in Athens (Greece) .

Without heavyweights such as point guard Tomás Bellas, Congolese forward Christian Eyenga, and American center Robert Upshaw, Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (17 points) and American Melo Trimble (14) assumed the attack, and the rebounds were distributed. between the Osas Ehigiator youth squad (12 points and 5 rebounds) and the Brazilian Leo Meindl (11 and 8), with contributions from Chema González, Marc García and the Bosnian Njegos Sikiras, with four sacks each.

With these wickers, Fuenlabrada resisted a San Pablo Burgos that had in the American Ken Horton (13 points) and the Brazilian Vitor Benite (12) their most decisive men in attack. The Burgos sent until the break always with short advantages: 20-25 to the first quarter, 34-37 midway through the second and 40-43 to the rest.

The trend was always that until the local defense began to make a dent in the Burgos, during the second half of the third quarter. Taking advantage of that effectiveness, Vene equalized the duel (50-50) and despite the response of the American Alex Renfroe for the visitors, the Nigerian Obi Emegano contributed the points that gave the initiative to the locals, who closed the third quarter ahead: 61 -59.

A good start to the final quarter with a 7-0 partial, sealed by a triple by Marc García, gave Fuenlabrada an authority that made it grow in its defense, annul Burgos and put up to thirteen points up, 76-63, to 3 minutes left

Joan Peñarroya's men did not allow themselves to be beaten so easily, but they struggled, first with Horton and the Serbian Dejan Kravic on the inside, then with triples followed by Xavi Rabaseda first and Thad McFadden later. The local time-out did not stop the bleeding, as Renfroe's free throws reduced the distance to a minimum (77-75) with less than a minute left.

The Brazilian Leo Meindl, who in the previous play had committed a few steps that had made his team lose an option, redeemed himself with a tray to make it 79-75. San Pablo responded with another triple, but the Fuenlabran defense would come down to not let him score more and the free throws of Trimble and Urtasun did the rest. San Pablo will play its next friendly on Saturday in Bilbao, and Fuenlabrada will host Iberostar Tenerife on Friday.

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