Something had gone wrong in the last two months, apart from the possible forgetting of automatisms due to the suspension of the FIBA windows that Aíto has emphasized so much, because he Basketball Girona went from falling in love with the public to offering a rather poor and lackluster image.
That team that had shown its claws with very solvent victories in Fontajau and completely erasing the rival on the track in some moments it got diluted from March and it seemed that the best version would not come back. Not even the victory on Easter Sunday against Fuenlabrada was very encouraging and even less so seeing the lack of competitiveness shown on the courts of Joventut and Madrid. But in Saturday’s duel against Granada, Aíto’s team made a breakthrough in intensity and energy, two features that are marking Girona’s season in both a positive and negative sense.
In the ten victories that have been tied and that could already ensure permanence, Basketball Girona has shown a level of energy superior to its rivals on both sides of the court which has allowed it to addin the vast majority of cases, resounding victories. He has particularly highlighted the defense, since in just one match -the visit to Fontajau del Múrcia during the Sant Narcís fairs-, more than 80 points were scored. On Saturday, for example, there were 73 and it could have been even less if the Andalusians had not made up the result at the end. However, in defeats the team has shown a worrying lack of energy that has led them to concede more than 86 points on average. That’s why, in the small final against Granada, it was key to go out with another impetus, and Aíto’s men understood that and this also helped them to gain confidence in other important facets of the game, such as the outside hit.
Even though Taylor led the Girona team again and is the one who infected his teammates with intensityanother fundamental piece for Aíto’s to break the tie in the second quarter was Roko Prkacin. The Croatian stood out for his work under the hoops that gave second opportunities in attack – some of which he already finished. At the end of the game he commented that “it’s a big win for us. I’m very happy with everything we did today. We needed this win and I think it will give us more energy. I think it’s been a good improvement. The young man from Zagreb added that “we were particularly good in defence, very energetic and gave everything on the court».
The Granada coach, Pablo Pin, also surrendered to the energy level of the Girona players. «Prkacin plays at 2,000%, Fjellerup plays at 2,000%, Figueras plays at 2,000% and all the players who come out are at 2,000%.”
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