9th round of ACB league offered many surprises and turnarounds of results.
REAL MADRID - GRAN CANARIA
After TAU Vitoria and Pamesa Valencia, Canaria defeated even third "big" away, Real Madrid playing superb basketball. Despite of having problems in attack, Canaria found the way to win with good teamplay ad defence.They kept the pace with Real during the whole game and in the overtime they finaly overtook them with great coolness. For Canaria Williams 17pts and Savane 16pts. Bullock was alone with 31pts for Real Madrid.
UNICAJA - FUENLABRADA
Unicaja totally outplayed Fuenlabrada with superb defence and great effectiveness in attack. Fuenlabrada newer was in the game. In 17th minute Unicaja was already ahead by 28 (44-16) and kept control of the game during whole 40 minutes. Four players in double digits for Unicaja, Wideman was the best for Fuenlabrada with 16points and Garcia collected 15.
LAGUN ARO BILBAO - ADECCO ESTUDIANTES
Estu has won first game on the road this year. Game was in complete parity until 25 seconds before end when Montanez missed triple for 73-73. Foreigners of Bilbao have had a bad day.Panko and Scott finished both with 9pts. Banic scored 13 and Weis collected 13 rebounds. At winners Jasen 15, McDonald 16 and Jimenez 12pts.
WINTHERTUR BARCELONA - CAJA S. F.
Barca had problems only before kick-off when Navarro and Fucka got injured and Thornton was in roster but still not ready to give full contribution. Trias stopped Roe and Caja had big problems to score while Kakiousis and Basile with outside shots made the difference (38-24 19'). Barca started second half with another 3 triples and game was over in 26' with score at 63-37. Williams and Kakiousis had 15pts each.For Caja Bramlett 13pts.
DKV JOVENTUT - AKASWAYU GIRONA
Even pretty in form these days DKV could not stop Girona. Great shooting night again with triples 12-21 and bad free throws percentage was the key of new Girona's win. Girona started well right away leading 11-25 8', but good play of Rudy Fernadez and Bennett kept Juventutes hopes alive at half (41-46). In the second half Girona's tremendeous effectiveness was again decisive with Myers killing al DKV hopes with 2triples. Benett 20pts, Fernandez 18 and Vasquez 22pts for Akasvayu.
TAU CERAMICA - PAMESA VALENCIA
Pamesa took imortant victory staying in run for Copa del Rey. Tau was very nervous and without points from outside. At the start there was no defence from Pamesa at all and TAU took big lead early up to 35-17 15' and game had same curse till halftime which ended 46-30. In the second half with much better defence and unbelievable series of triples Pamesa took charge of the game completelly and outscored TAU. Ukic 14pts for TAU, Dikoudis 19 and Avdalovic 18pts for Pamesa.
LLANERA MENORCA - C. B. GRANADA
Menorca achieved second consecutive win in bad game with low scoring percentages.Game was close till very end when hosts had better nerves in shocking thriller. Miguel 15pts for hosts, Sanmartin 14pts for Granada.
LECHE RIO - RICOH MANRESA
After 3 consecutive defeats Manresa stopped their negative trend winning in overtime against Leche Rio with significant injuries. Leche was better team, thanks to hard work in the paint of McNaull and to Mickael and Grant scoring some important points, until 3' from the end when with many shooting errors allowed Manresa to tie the game and finally win it in overtime. McNaull 15pts,Mickael 25 and Grant 18 for Leche Rio. Oliver 23 for Manresa and Ferran Lavina added 20 points.
ETOSA ALICANTE - FORUM VALLADOLID
Valladolid took advantage early in the game thanks to Alicante without offencive solutions. But hosts got themselves together in time and returned game in parity at halftime (40-39). In the second half existed only one team - Alicante. They closed well Davis and Hopkins while Larry Lewis was unstopable. Lewis 17 and Johnsen 16pts for Alicante, Radulovic 20, Hopkins 16 and Gomis 15pts for visitors.