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SETTLED and free of new injuries, it was a good week all round for Iberostar Tenerife, starting with an 84-76 home league win over San Pablo Burgos.

All the players have pulled together well to cope with the recent injury run, and Fran Vazquez stepped up with a top score of 19 points for his best return in the yellow vest.

But it’s not just about individual points. The new defensive players, Mads Bonde, of Denmark, and Sweden’s Tobias Borg, didn’t trouble the scorers. Yet they laid the foundations for the solid win, Tenerife taking all the quarters 19-16, 18-17, 22-21, and 25-22.

Next up, on Tuesday, was the final qualifying group game in the European Champions League. The trip to Lithuania was extremely rewarding because they beat hosts Neptunas Klaipeda 83-67 to ensure top spot.

The coach was able to give all the squad decent time on court as the quarters were dealt with 24-16, 19-22, 20-14 and 20-15. The big star again was Mateusz Ponitka, with 24 points.

The draw for the last eight takes place on Wednesday 14th February, and it will be an amazing feat if Tenerife win the League again. But they know the remaining games will put them under severe pressure.

And in case Tenerife need anything else to sharpen their minds, the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) takes place in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria from 15-18th February.

Tenerife face Valencia in their semi-final, while Real Madrid and Real Unicaja battle it out for the other final place.

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