And for dessert, the Morabanc Andorra. The Herbalife puts an end to a marathon week of matches measuring yourself this afternoon in the Gran Canaria Arena to the Andorran team (17.15 hours, Movistar Deportes). Swill be the fourth meeting of the Claretian group in the last seven days -the fifth in nine-, favored by the double day he had to face in the Euroleague. The main question that arises about the yellow squad is to know if it arrives with some breath at this event. And is that last Thursday against Panathinaikos in Greece too much noticed the effort made on Tuesday in Siete Palmas against FC Barcelona, when he signed his first and historic victory in the continental competition.
To the pupils of Salva Maldonado, in the chip change that means forgetting Europe to face the domestic competition, they have to deal with a hard nut to crack, the Morabanc Andorra, a team that is going to demand quite a lot in the physical section.
The Principality square has been preparing the match since Wednesday, as on Tuesday it fell in Belgrade in its Eurocup match against the Star Red Meanwhile, the Herbalife He has had only one previous training to this duel, that of yesterday afternoon, after arriving in the morning in direct charter flight from Athens.
This was what the coach of the yellow team referred to in the preview: "The team arrives with what comes, with four games in seven days and five in nine with tomorrow's – for today." And that is the reality, with the strength Just a bit, the wear has been great, it was a situation that we knew was going to happen, we knew it would come and we have to face it ".
And the Granca can not be neglected in its return to the domestic tournament, where it has only achieved a triumph – with the Cafés Candelas Breogán at home – for three defeats -Barcelona, Monbus Obradoiro and Unicaja Malaga-, which places the Claretians in fifteenth place in the classification of its competition, as his coach indicates: "We know the importance of the match, first because it's the next, and second because it's from the Endesa League, which is our league."
In front of a Morabanc Andorra that signs an even balance: two won -by UCAM Murcia and Divina Joventut- and many others lost –Barcelona and Manresa-. If needed, the Herbalife arrives, also those of the Principality; appear in the sixth position of the table after paying with defeats his last two league appearances.
Despite this fact, Salva Maldonado, coach of Herbalife, calls him a very dangerous opponent "who is playing at a great level and also with a very attractive game".
This is how the yellow coach analyzes the Andorran team: "They have players like Ennis and Albicy who are very capable of taking the ball very quickly to the attack, very aggressive towards the basket, in the offensive transitions, but in the rebound we all have good and bad things. We also have a good offensive rebound and this fight under the hoops will be an important part of the game, like every game.It will be one of the key aspects in the two baskets to try to see which team is going to impose its rhythm and his game. "
Speaking of sections of the game, the statistics reveal certain differences between one set and the other as we go through the season. In the defensive ranking, the Morabanc Andorra, which appears in the Arena depleted in terms of outside players with the losses of David Walker and Rafa Luz, is one of the best in the championship -third with an average of points scored per game of 72.5-.
For its part, the Granca has in this plot one of its main weaknesses. The Claretian team, after the four league matches played so far, is one of the worst in the Endesa League, the second worse with an average of 88 per game. A ballast.
In attack the thing changes. While those of the Principality present an average of 73.3 annotated – the fifth weakest -, the average of the Granca is installed at 85.5 points – the fifth best-.
Salva Maldonado, technician of the Herbalife, demands the support of the fans for today, since it is "a very difficult day" because it also plays the Sports Union Las Palmas at home at the same time. "But the people who come have to help us because it's one of those days where the team needs to feel protected." Due to the coincidence of the football event with the one basketball, plus the saturation of matches of the Granca, little presence of fans is expected in the Arena.