Hoop heroes can’t wait
AFTER a week off from league action, Iberostar Tenerife were caught cold at Unicaja Malaga on Wednesday night, losing 88-67.
But they are still chomping at the bit for the Final Four of the European Champions League at their La Laguna stadium next weekend.
In Malaga, a 18-18 first-quarter draw was as good as it got because the remaining scores, 26-16, 21-12 and 23-21, left them with a rare heavy defeat.
Ferran Bassas led the resistance on 12 points, and Nico Richotti added 10, but it was a poor night for most of the players.
Next Friday (28th April) features the two Euro semi-finals: Banvit (Turkey) v Monaco at 5pm, then Tenerife’s exciting clash against Venice at 8pm.
International media coverage will add to the full-house matches, and Prince Albert of Monaco, a keen basketball fan, is expected over to support his home side. The grand final takes place on Sunday (30th April) at 7.15 pm.
Tenerife fear no one after a stunning series of group and quarter-final wins. Even though last weekend was a time to relax, other league games played meant that Tenerife were guaranteed a top-eight position at least.
It means they will compete in the end-of-season play-off event in May. They might even have to invest in a new trophy cabinet!
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