A little over a month ago someone said that there was a mathematical possibility that the SPAR Gran Canaria gets into the Playoff. It was a real bravado, given the performance that the island team had been making in the league start, with a start of six consecutive defeats. Today, that dream has come true, given the numerical calculations that had to be fulfilled in the last league match.
First, the island team solved its first unknown in the duel that measured the Casademont Zaragoza. And how. Beating 56-88 with all the yellow players scoring at least one basket in a real basketball party. María España, with 18 points and Djeneba Ndiaye, with 16, were the top scorers for the yellow team.
On the other hand, the Valencia Basket I had to do the La Paterna team a favor against Euskotren, and despite maintaining the tension until the last quarter, the taronjas they beat the Basque team 81-68 to be tied with the almighty leaders of the competition, the Perfumerías Avenida de Salamanca, both with 29 victories and a single defeat, between both, and where the Salamanca box will be measured at SPAR by only one point of difference in the basketaverage between the two co-leaders.
As for the meeting at Prince Philip, Sika Koné made it clear that she had to have been the regular league MVP to the detriment of Markeisha Gatling, with whom he was measured on the track in the last game of the season. The one from Mali saw how the award was handed to her before the game started and it hurt her pride to add 12 points and 16 rebounds (32 PIR), for the only 8 points and 7 rebounds of the North American pivot of the Aragonese team.
In the first quarter, although the SPAR started with nerves, Sika already left his mark with 6 points and 6 rebounds to contribute to the 14-23 with which the period ended. And on top of that the triples began to enter the yellow team, four almost in a row, two from Ndiaye and another from Alina Hartmann, to get to double the locals in the score (18-35).
The superiority in the yellow offensive rebound was allowing them to enjoy expanding the lead on the scoreboard from the middle of the second quarter and José Carlos Ramos even gave entry Elena Rodriguez so that you continue to gain confidence in the future. The young youth squad, who this week was also called up by the Spanish team and who wanted to leave her mark on the Casademont court.
The break was reached with a wide 26-48, which gave the impression of having half a job done with 20 minutes to go. The only thing missing was that in the Fonteta, Valencia Basket pressed a little more, since they fell by a single point 35-36 against Euskotren and had to throw a cape to the insular ones so that they would sneak into the Playoff.
End of course party
In the second half it was sewing and singing. Open play in both parts of the court and the baskets fell like a waterfall for the island interests. Only the faith of Taylor Wurtz tried to resist the avalanche of SPAR, which did nothing but increase its advantage in the light and the players by increasing their statistics.
Such was the comfort that José Carlos Ramos found himself with in the third quarter that he even introduced the very young Carla Brito on the track. The majorera coincided with Elena Rodríguez in the yellow quintet and in the Fonteta Valencia began to open a gap.
45-70 at Principe Felipe with 10 minutes to go, and Leticia Rodríguez’s team from Agüimense won by nine (56-47). A period to be resolved and the heart of SPAR was more in Valencia than in Zaragoza at this point.
To avoid possible scares, Ramos put the starting quintet on the floor to close the match. The Twin Towers yellow, James and Koné fulfilled their appointment with the double-double in the last period. With the only but of what Kai was charged again with fouls, eliminated in the absence of four and a half minutes after four offensive penalties, to stay with 10 points, 11 rebounds.
The celebration was maximum when both Carla Brito as Elena Rodríguez they managed to join the party in the last possessions of the match, making their debut on the scoreboard and completing a perfect match in the choir, getting all the SPAR players who traveled to Zaragoza to get at least one basket.