Throne with a new tenant

What started well in Santiago de Cuba for the residents of the capital ended splendidly in Havana. In other words, Reinier Muñiz’s hosts finished off their best run in the Men’s Major League Basketball (LSB) finals by delivering a death blow to the indomitable cast at the Ramon Fonst Multipurpose Hall this Wednesday, with a score of 77-69 (16-22, 22-18, 23-14, 16-15).

The capital title was achieved by winning three games, which started with two victories as guests and ended with the last triumph as hosts, in which the champions Hector Martinto, Neisser Coutin and Pedro Roque scored with 24, 19 and 11 points in that order . Coutin and defenseman Joan Carlos Gutierrez dominated the competition winners’ rebounding section with 12 and 10 respectively.

Alexis Torres with 16 points and Eddie Nelson Hechevarria (14) spearheaded an attack by a losing team that made little use of various weaknesses displayed by their opponent for most of the game, including
their numerous losses and an alarming number of missed shots.

“As I told you two days ago, in this third game, our goal was to win and complete the playoffs. In the beginning we were a bit nervous and it showed on the scoreboard, but after the third period we grew up and took the lead on the scoreboard, which we kept until we won the championship. I focused on getting a very good game, I wanted to enjoy the victory along with the fans and, fortunately, it came true.

“My threes were successful, I scored four points and I am very pleased with everything that I have experienced. Capitalinos turned out to be a very cohesive team focused on achieving goals. We dedicate the first place to our coach Rafael Cairo, who recently passed away,” he said. rebellious youth Martinto, one of the protagonists of success, after eight years without fame.

At the end of the game, a perfect quintet of the tournament was formed, consisting of the Havanese Pedro Roque (point guard), Joan Carlos Gutiérrez (defender) and Neiser Coutin (power forward), Esteban Martinez (forward) from Santiago and Dariel Castellanos. (center from Avila). ). The MVP award went to Gutierrez.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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