Little has changed over the summer. Both Valencia Basket, the league champion, and Perfumerías Avenida, the runner-up, have incorporated new players into their squads, but in the final of the Super Cup the two teams resorted to their classics when they were distressed. Rubén Burgos' team, extraordinary during the first three quarters, gave the feeling of having the title tied when he came to leave by 25 points (52-27), but Silvia Domínguez, Leo Rodríguez, Andrea Vilaró, Laura Gil and Maria Fasoula took a step forward to avoid the affront and almost took the prize. They came to caress the total comeback with 14 seconds left (75-73), but Cristina Ouviña, who had just missed a free throw, stole a decisive ball on the last play and avoided disaster.
Valencia Basket, which is still waiting for the return of Australian Bec Allen – it is playing the WNBA playoffs – already links two consecutive titles in what seems a new era in Spanish basketball. Although their reinforcements are not yet up to the players who form the axis of the champions. The team continues to depend on Ouviña, Queralt Casas, Alba Torrens, Raquel Carrera -MVP of the tournament- and Marie Gülich. In the same way that Perfumerías Avenida, despite the arrival of the base Olcay Çakir and Sika Kone, the MVP of the last Women's League with Spar Gran Canaria, who could not play even two minutes of the final due to some discomfort, has not finished fitting his novelties either.
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The problem of the Valencians was to see themselves close to the trophy too early. Not only for those 25 points, but, rather, for the feeling of doing what they wanted with their historical rival. His defense was strenuous, constantly putting his hands in and blocking the passing lines of Perfumerías. And when a team defends so well, the attack is almost always easier. Leti Romero and Cris Ouviña found many offensive options to widen the gap.
The dominance of Rubén Burgos' players seemed irreversible. But Jesús Vázquez has athletes with a lot of character in his team. At the head of all, stainless at 36 years old, Silvia Domínguez, who was looking for the triples of Vilaró or Rodríguez that compensated later finding the superiority of Fasoula and Laura Gil, again in Salamanca after passing through Valencia and France. They had it close, but Valencia did not finish yielding.
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