Athens visits Salta in a key playoff duel

Athens visits Salta in a key playoff duel
Athens visits Salta in a key playoff duel

Athens visit to Jump Basket today from 9 p.m., for the third point of the quarterfinal series of the Argentine League. This is a key duel, since the winner will be one win away from the semifinals.

Cordobeses and Salteños come to this third match with a win each in the best-of-five series for the quarterfinals of the Northern Conference. Although now the advantage belongs to the Infernales, who will play both today and Saturday as a home team.

Atenas won the first by a tight 94 to 91 with great work from their interns Lucas Arn (31) and Chris Ware (29) who covered the absences of center Juan Cruz Oberto (feverish condition) and their starting point guard Nicolás Zurschmitten due to problems in one of his knees. In that context and after a month of standing still without competition, the Greek won but the feeling remained that the series would not be easy at all against a very dedicated rival.

In the second match, Salta Basket made it clear that they are going for everything and that is why they dominated from start to finish, physically and tactically, an Atenas team that felt the wear and tear of the first match. Especially in defense, the five starters of the northern team exceeded double figures in points scored with Lucio Castellani (22) and Jeronimo Díaz Muller (17) as key players from outside and inside the perimeter but well accompanied by Diego Peralta (17), Facundo Brinda (15) and Agustín Jara (14).

Once again, Athens will not have the presence of Juan Cruz Oberto, who suffers from Dengue, while the evolution of Nicolás Zurschmitten will be closely monitored, who despite playing a few minutes last Monday, has not yet fully recovered from his knee injury .

This third point is key, since the winner will be one step away from the semifinals and the loser will be forced to win two matches if they want to continue in the race.


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