Dangerous hangover of UCAM in the

Dangerous hangover of UCAM in the
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Dangerous hangover of UCAM in the

On International Workers’ Day, UCAM Murcia CB will have to put on their overalls to carry out the game of their return to the Endesa League after winning the bronze medal in the Basketball Champions League. In front of Casademont Zaragoza (6:00 p.m., Movistar Deportes) at the Palacio de los Deportes, Sito ’s players will experience a dangerous European hangover, a match where they will have to use all their senses to add the twentieth victory of the campaign and give another step to be in the playoffs for the title in an outstanding qualifying situation.

This time the Murcia team will not have forward Rodions Kurucs, who was injured last Sunday against Peristeri. The club has not officially reported what injury he is suffering from, but the coach already announced yesterday at a press conference that he will not be available. He also did not reveal whether Simon Birgander, who did not play in the second game in Belgrade due to discomfort, will be in the squad. «I don’t care much who is there, I don’t care because we are going to be competitive. The players who have played less are at a very good physical level and have a very good opportunity now,” the Madrid coach noted yesterday.

The main enemy of UCAM today is UCAM and fatigue. But this season’s squad has shown that it is hungry. We will have to check in what state of mind the players arrive. The motivation, in any case, must be sufficient, since the university students are risking being seeded in the playoffs. If Lenovo Tenerife wins this afternoon and loses on their home court against Unicaja, leader of the league, Alonso’s team will conclude the thirty-first day in fourth place.

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Opposite will be a Casademont Zaragoza that won the first round match and that arrives with its entire squad, something that has rarely happened throughout the season. His coach, Porfirio Fisac, recovers Mark Smith after he suffered from gastroenteritis that left him KO on the last day, so the coach will have to leave out one of his non-EU players for the match.

The Aragonese team, which has suffered instability throughout the course due to injury losses and player leaks, needs to win not only to certify its objective, but also to slightly raise the poor level exhibited in this second round, in which only He has been able to add three victories. Furthermore, they have not won away from home since December and have only done so twice throughout the course. In any case, the Murcia fans should not divert their attention to continue expanding their historical record of wins in a campaign.

“We have to take one more step to show that we have the strength to fight for another title”

“I am very satisfied with the team’s performance and how it behaved in the match for third place” and “the Basketball Champions League is a goal that we have between our eyebrows and I doubt that we will not win it,” were the phrases he left yesterday Sito Alonso, coach of UCAM Murcia, to evaluate his team’s performance in the Final Four in Belgrade. But the coach quickly wanted to focus on today’s match, for which he believes that “it doesn’t have to be difficult to motivate the players when you see the Zaragoza squad. We have made a great effort and we have to focus on a team that has factors at the squad level that immediately put you on alert,” he said, to bring up several details, such as that “they have two very high-level players per position” and that former university player «McFadden is at the best peak of the season. They are very competitive in recent months and they are going to make us have maximum tension. This time the public factor is very important because we have had very little time, but we need that support that has been given to us throughout the season, which is magnificent. Alonso was also pleased that UCAM “is close in competitiveness to Unicaja, Madrid or Barça. The team believes in itself and we have to fight to keep it this way until the end of the season to have the possibility of fighting for another title, which should make us proud and is what we have to appeal to. We are very competitive, but we have to take another step to show that we have a lot of strength left to fight for another title,” he concluded.

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