Atenas, supportive and hard-working, beat Rivadavia by opening the semi-finals of the Argentine League

Atenas, supportive and hard-working, beat Rivadavia by opening the semi-finals of the Argentine League
Atenas, supportive and hard-working, beat Rivadavia by opening the semi-finals of the Argentine League

Athens It is very clear that the toughness of the commitments in the Argentine Basketball League is increasing more and more. That each game has to leave the soul for the shirt and that inalienable objective such as the search for promotion to the National League. And that the rivals come “enlarged” to play him. He is supportive, hard-working Athens. Plus the quality of its players.

The start of the Northern Conference semifinals could not be different. Gustavo Peirone’s team worked hard to beat Rivadavia de Mendoza 83 to 73 and lead 1-0 in the series.

Collectively what happened in Athens was very outstanding, with very high individual points such as Nicolás Zurschmitten bordering on a triple-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, accompanied by Juan Cruz Oberto with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Carlos Buemo with 16 points.

On Tuesday, again at the Carlos Cerutti Sports Center and also at 9 p.m., the second game of the series will be played, which will continue in Mendoza on May 18 and 20, if necessary. While a fifth and decisive match is scheduled for May 23, in Córdoba.

Before starting the game, in the warm-up, José Montero suffered a strain in his leg and only entered the second half. Before the start jump there was a minute of silence for the death of Rubén Fantolino, former president of Atenas, the Association of Clubs and the Cordoba Association.

The Athens Party

Before the start jump there was a minute of silence for the death of Rubén Fantolino, former president of Atenas and the Cordoba Association.

During the warm-up, José Montero felt a strain in his adductor and his place in the starting lineup was taken by the youthful Matías Stanic. And he started firmly, in full Athens, very strong at the back and effective in attack to take an 8-0 lead in two minutes.

The Green fought and won several offensive rebounds that gave them second-best shots, until the Mendozas adjusted the score and gained confidence in attack. They were patient with the ball in hand and turned the score around, 18-17 with 38 seconds left, but Peirone’s team closed the quarter better, winning 20-18.

The start of the second segment was goal by goal. The two took out their scoring weapons. Rivadavia, with many Cordobans on the squad, found two triples from Agustín Vergara (with time in the General Bustos neighborhood training) to get within two: 27-29 in three minutes.

Atenas responded with the Juan Oberto-Lucas Arn duo doing damage near the rim. He was the captain, with a burst, that gave Green an 8 lead: 39-31.

The visiting defense was rough, with a lot of friction, similar to what Salta did in the quarterfinals, and was always in play, on the lookout. With a good first half from Carlos Buemo, Atenas went into halftime ahead 44-40.

Peirone opted for Arn-Oberto in the paint while Buemo maintained the scoring pace to keep Atenas ahead 55-48 in 5 minutes of the third chapter. Rivadavia adjusted the mark in the area, forcing Verde to shoot from outside. With the path to the rim closed, Nico Zurschmitten scored a “bomb” to give air to the General Bustos team, 59-54.

Montero showed his quality and Atenas won the segment 66-57.

El Verde extended 71-57 opening the final quarter. But far from giving up, the visit lowered the margin to 5:73-78 with three minutes remaining. Peirone’s team went more than two minutes without converting until Oberto broke the drought and with 1’30 left he unleashed the celebration at the Cerutti.

The series programming

  • May 12. Atenas-Rivadavia, at 9 p.m.
  • may 14. Atenas-Rivadavia, at 9 p.m.
  • May 18 RIvadavia-Athens, at 9 p.m.
  • May 20th. RIvadavia-Athens, at 9 p.m.*
  • may 23. Atenas-Rivadavia, at 9 p.m.*

If necessary

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Tickets to see the duels in Córdoba.

  • They can be purchased through the Atenas website (atenas.com.ar), at the club headquarters (Alejandro Aguado 775, General Bustos neighborhood) or at the Cerutti ticket offices (a while before the game). Prices: Popular:
  • 3 thousand pesos. Orchestra:

6 thousand pesos.
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