The forced holidays come to an end. After 27 days of its last game, UCAM will play its first meeting of 2021 today with the visit of Burgos, the clash has already been fully confirmed once both teams have passed the mandatory PCR prior to each day without a trace of coronavirus, which is why it forced UCAM to postpone its last two days of the first round and that, between quarantine and rest from the odd league, it has been inactive for almost a month.
How this break will affect those of Sito Alonso, who asserts that “competition is what gives us life”, will be put to the test this afternoon at 6:00 p.m., when his team will face the fashion team of the competition, a Burgos, who in less than four years has gone from being recently promoted to semifinalist in the Endesa League, champion of the Champions League, qualified in advance for the Copa del Rey and that on February 6 will play the final of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in Buenos Aires. A club whose mass of fans and development on social networks has given the ACB a great breath of fresh air.
The people of Burgos are also a club that maintains a twinning relationship with UCAM, as both directives have exchanged gestures of chivalry in the past, the most recent being the postponement of the first leg between these two teams. By then, Burgos suffered the ravages of Covid-19 and had just been forced to play a match against Fuenlabrada after two weeks without training and only six players with negative CRP. UCAM, the next rival, mediated before the ACB to, unlike those in the south of Madrid, seek an alternative date in empathy for the bad drink that those of San Pablo were having.
The thirteen UCAM players have given negative PCR this week, so Sito must choose who is left out
This good relationship also has in Vitor Benite, current captain of Burgos and in his day of UCAM, one of their points of union. The Brazilian, after leaving Murcia after three years as a university student to join the Croatian Cedevita, returned to the Endesa League midway through the 2018-19 season, signing for a Burgos that before had to overcome the obstacle of the right of first refusal, in the hands of UCAM. Alejandro Gómez did not hinder the arrival to Burgos de Benite, who is today one of its most outstanding players.
Benite, who since leaving UCAM has played every season up to the current one in the Endesa League, will play today for the first time at the Palacio as a rival, since when he joined Burgos in his day, he had already played the match in Murcia of That season, the last one did not come to pass due to the coronavirus break, and, in the current season, he played first in Burgos again.
Today’s at the Palace is not only the first match for UCAM after 27 days, it is also the first of the five that they will have to play until February 7: Burgos today and Manresa on Tuesday will visit the Palace, but then we will have to travel to Barcelona on Sunday next week to visit the other great ‘bogeyman’, Real Madrid, just two days later, and finish the first week of February by welcoming Joventut.
Particularities of a season subjected to the pandemic, which prevent normal planning of the workloads of some players who after almost a month of inactivity will subject their bodies to the requirement of five games in just two weeks and, later, will stop another twenty days, as the break will come for the Copa del Rey.