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Valencia Basket lifts the first Cup in its history

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Valencia Basket lifts the first Cup in its history

EMarch 24, 2024 is a date that Valencia Basket remember. The club managed to lift the first Copa de la Reina in its history after defeating Casademont Zaragoza in a crushing way (77-53). The Valencians, led by a plethora of Leticia Romero (19 points, 17 of them at halftime) and by an incombustible Alina Iagupova (17 points), prevailed in attack and defense with a collective game that left the Mao team completely nullified. Carlos Cantero’s players, who were defending the title, suffered too much from the fatigue of playing three consecutive games.

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He rolled the ball. The Carolina Marín pavilion raised the curtain on the final of the Queen’s Cup. After putting aside the initial nerves, the Aragonese team started the match following the script of the semi-final: a partial score of 12 to 2 driven by Leti Romero It made the game uphill for the defending champions. All of this with the addition of Christine Diallo’s knee, which was wearing a cumbersome bandage after the wear and tear of the semifinal match that forced her to sit down at the first opportunity. Rubón Burgos’s players smelled blood: a triple by Nadia Fingall put the noose around the necks of the gangs and Queralt Casas turned the first quarter into a nightmare for Carlos Cantero’s goals, stealing more balls than Barcelona’s pickpockets (21 -12).

The Aragonese were not willing to give in, and a basket by Leo Fiebich closed the gap (24-18). But the wear and tear took its toll on the players and their rivals took advantage of it to get back on track after a 2+1 by Cristina Ouvia (+13). Diallo’s reappearance on the court had an immediate effect, but Leti Romero’s state of grace (17 points at halftime) quelled any attempt at an ambush. After a timeout with a hand request included, The Canary Islands again scored a basket that left the team with serious problems when the break arrived (47-30).

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“MVP” shouted the fans traveling from Valencia after seeing how Leti Romero put the +21 on the scoreboard. Things had to change a lot if Casademont Zaragoza wanted to turn the game around. Rubn Burgos’ players wanted to lift the cup and proof of this was seeing Queralt Casas celebrating while looking at the stands when he saw that his team placed the +23 on the electronic board. The Mao team’s low outside success percentages (5/16 in T3) frustrated any attempt at a comeback (60-41). The cries of “yes we can” from the optimistic Zaragoza fans were silenced as they reached the last set.

There were no longer options for the current champions. The 27 points that separated both teams left the game over (68-41) with 8 minutes remaining. The injury to Leticia Romero, who had to leave the track with the help of the coaching staff, left a bittersweet taste for the team, which just two days before also experienced the serious injury of Raquel Carrera. The fish had already been distributed, and the Valencians were justly deserving of lifting the Cup. The final horn sounded and the emotion took over the ‘taronja’ bench. In its sixth participation, the team finally managed to lift the long-awaited title. The first in his history and one of the few that Alba Torrens had left to achieve. Without a doubt, a date to remember.



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