The last time UCAM played at the Palace, it did so two weeks ago, on the ninth day of the league, and just six days after falling on the Breogán de Lugo court in a match marked by a tangana that brought with it a media storm. as few are remembered at the national level with UCAM as the protagonist, and not precisely for the better. The Endesa League environment seems to have hung the villain label on Sito Alonso’s team, an essential figure in all action films, suspecting that they feed suspicions such as the survey of the competition itself on their social networks that week about which is the best mascot of the league, with the surreal prominence that won over from Breogán on the afternoon of cars.
After the days, the next game arrived. And the Palace responded by gathering more faithful than in any other game this season against a rival, Fuenlabrada, of those who do not call for massive ticket sales. With a spectacular atmosphere, the stands carried a team that went over the opposite to be winning by 36 points of difference in the last quarter.
Now, there is a certain feeling of ‘déjà vu’ in the preview of this afternoon’s game. And it is that, last week, again the defeat as a visitor of the Murcian was accompanied by controversy with a small scuffle at the end of the game started by the assistant coaches of Andorra, who made Sito Alonso ugly in excessive bad ways not to extend his hand after shaking it to Ibon Navarro. Later, Sito would justify himself by claiming that, when the time came, both Eudal and Vázquez were effusively celebrating their victory, but the mess was over. And, again, the worst unemployed in reputation are Murcians, already common suspects.
A fit team
Subsequently, the group union week has played again in a UCAM that feels an easy target for provocations from rivals, given the stigma that exists on a team that leads the Endesa League in scoring –88.9 points per game–, but also in personal fouls –23–.
And, in this context, it is time to receive a Manresa that, unlike UCAM, is a team that traditionally arouses sympathy given its historical status from the small town of Bages, and that has one of the most Spanish coaches on its bench. respected, a Pedro Martínez who is the active coach with the most games in the history of the ACB.
From very humble conditions, the Manresa men are having a remarkable season, currently standing in Copa del Rey positions with their eighth place and their six victories in ten games. These six have arrived in the last eight Endesa League games, where they were victorious in their last three matches, and, in the Champions League, this team remains undefeated, which has made a leap in physical quality with signings such as Ismael Bako and Chima Moneke on the inside, or Sylvain Francisco on the perimeter.