Iberostar’s rusty return


THE two-week break for international games played its part in a slow return to action for Iberostar Tenerife.

Sunday’s home league defeat by Andorra caught them in particularly sluggish form, as they went down 78-69.

But Wednesday night’s 71-66 win at UCAM Murcia, in the European Champions League, at least left hope for the return clash in Wednesday’s second leg, in La Laguna.

At home, Tenerife struggled to a 16-14, first-quarter advantage against Andorra, but they were on the slide after that with scores of 19-24, 15-21 and 19-19.

Mr Reliable, Mateusz Ponitka, didn’t drop his standards, recording a 16-point haul. But the support was patchy, and Tenerife have slipped to ninth in Spain’s top league.

The short trip to Murcia in mainland Spain offered a chance of redemption, and the winning scoreline should have been bigger.

But they conceded two last-minute baskets, which slashed six points off the margin.

It was quite a cautious game in the opening stages, and quarter scores went 14-15, 22-23, 14-18, and 16-15 as Murcia staged a mini-recovery in the final section.

Tim Abromaitis starred for Tenerife, with 13 points, but the team know they will need to be sharper in league and cup to ensure a bold finish to the season.

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