In search of the triumph. This is how the SPAR Gran Canaria will jump to the floor of the La Paterna Pavilion tomorrow Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Ahead, a vital match for the permanence in this Endesa Women’s League. The rival will be Alter Enersun Al-Qázeres Extremadura, which lands in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the same numbers as the local team: five victories, fifteen defeats and one match pending to be played. The emotion is served.
The SPAR Gran Canaria, already recovered from the defeat last weekend against the Promete Logroño Campus (73-66), will have to grow on its track to achieve a new victory that allows it to distance itself from the last two classified: Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre León and Quesos El Pastor Zamora, four and three victories, respectively.
There is no time for error in the team led by José Carlos Ramos. The options of permanence in the Endesa Women’s League go through staying strong in the direct duels that it will have to face in the remainder of the championship. This Saturday will be the first of them.
In addition, for this match, SPAR Gran Canaria is counting on having won the first round match 66-80, so it will be essential not only to win the match, but also to maintain the basketaverage, which can be of vital importance in the last bars of the season.
Ramos will have to resolve the lack of success that his key players are accusing in recent games, with a Sparkle Taylor not giving her best version after the knee injury, and Kai James or Sika Koné, less protagonists than usual.
For her part, María España Almendro, team captain and top scorer, with 21 points, in the match against the Cáceres in the first round, assures that “since the match ended in Logroño we began to focus on this match. We are very clear about what we want and that Al-Qázeres is a direct rival. It is true that we won there at home, but that does not mean that for that reason it will be easy on our court. The game starts with both scores at zero and the only thing we have in mind is to be focused, play our game and win ”.
Thus, SPAR Gran Canaria will have to put on their overalls to jump onto the track with the intensity and cool head necessary to win the game, without lowering their guard in any room.
The yellow squad for this Saturday is made up of Djénéba N’Diaye, Marta, Hermida and María Doreste, as bases; Gara Jorge, Elena Rodríguez, Dominique G. Blackwood and Sparkle Taylor, as bodyguards; María E. Almendro, Alina Hartmann and Carla Brito, for forwards and Kai James, Adji Fall and Sika Koné, in the inside positions.
In need of victories, Alter Enersun Al-Qázeres Extremadura arrives in La Paterna. Those of Jacinto Carbajal accumulate a streak of three consecutive defeats. The last one, against Lointek Gernika Bizkaia, ended with a 31-point difference for the Basques (38-69).
However, the Extremadurans have reinforced their squad with the incorporation of Czech base Petra Zaplatova and Russian center Ana Pachurina, which will allow them to add a touch of freshness to their ranks for this final stretch of the competition and make up for the loss caused by Mariella Fassoula, now in the Ciudad de La Laguna Tenerife.
As stated by Juan María Cortés on the portal canalextremadura.es, “Alter Enersun Al-Qázeres is in a difficult situation after losing three consecutive defeats in the last seven days. However, from the club they maintain a positive mentality and vision.
This week will be somewhat special for the women from Cáceres since Jacinto Carbajal wants to work in a kind of mini preseason. The objective is none other than to adapt the new players to the model that the coach wants as soon as possible.
Many of the options of permanence go through the performance that the new faces that have arrived in this second half of the season can offer: Pachurina, O’Dwyer, Alexis Jones and Zaplatova ”.
With all this, the meeting this Saturday in La Paterna, which will be broadcast once again in streaming by CanalFEB.tv, is presented as a golden opportunity for both teams to separate from the lower zone.