Iberostar Tenerife and MoraBanc Andorra will open this Friday (19.00) the second day of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey de Málaga, a tournament that the Canaries face reinforced as brand new champions of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup and the Andorrans, excited to reach the first semifinal in their history.
Just five days after lifting the third title of his story before the Virtus of Bologna, Tenerife arrives in Malaga determined to prolong its euphoria and as one of the main aspirants on the less ‘strong’ side of the table, that for which neither Barça nor Real Madrid appear.
The team trained by Txus Vidorreta He plays his fourth consecutive Cup and in the last two he reached the semifinals, his top in the competition, and his first goal is at least to match him. He is backed by his great moment of form, with eight victories in the last ten league days.
One less victory in this Endesa League He has reaped the MoraBanc Andorra, which faces his third Cup after the debut in 1995 and his remembered performance in 2017, when he fell against Real Madrid in the quarterfinals, after an extension and from the back field not called Sergio Llull who ended up becoming the most remembered moment of that tournament.
Shermadini vs. Diagne
This confrontation with Iberostar, unpublished in the Cup, will be marked by two interesting individual duels in the base and pure pivot positions, which are likely to be decisive for distributing the ticket to the semifinal on Saturday against Unicaja or Casademont Zaragoza.
In the direction of play, the always ‘young’ Marcelinho Huertas, The Intercontinental MVP at 36, will fight for the handle Clevin Hannah. As for the inside game, a great fight between Giorgi Shermadini, the second most valued player of the course behind only Nikola Mirotic, and Moussa Diagne.
In the only precedent of this season, played exactly two months ago, the yellow team conquered the Principality with an inspired Santi Yusta (76-86). The Spanish international put four triples in the last quarter to decline the balance and demonstrate the varied range of resources held by Vidorreta.
Iberostar Tenerife: Huertas, Salin, Dani Díez, White and Bogris – possible initial quintet–; Shermadini, Yusta, Gielo, Lundberg, López, Guerra and Konate.
Morabanc Andorra: Senglin, Massenat, Walker, Sy and Diagne – possible initial quintet–; Hannah, Musli, Pérez, Llovet, Todorovic, Jelínek and Colom.
– Referees: Hierrezuelo, Count and Caballero.
–Pavilion: Martin Carpena
–Time: 19.00 / # Come on.