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Jasiel Rivero and Valencia Basket today in Spanish basketball league



HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 23 (ACN) Cuban Jasiel Rivero and his club Valencia Basket will play today against Monbús Obradoiro, in the 13th game of the 13th round of the Spanish basketball league.

Their duel should have taken place days ago but was suspended when some Valencia Basket players tested positive to COVID-19. Coach Joan Peñarroya, who already recovered from the disease, will lead his team in the match against the Galicians.

Valencia Basket will try to end a streak of two consecutive defeats, the most recent on the 19th, when they were close to come from 25 points behind Río Breogán and lost by one (97-98).

On their home court, the locals lost the first three periods 19-29, 17-21 and 14-25, making it seem impossible to overcome such a deficit. They almost did, though, by winning the 4th quarter 47-23.

For the visitors, Dzanan Musa, with 33 points, was the best, whereas Klemen Prepelic stood out among the Valencian players. The Cuban Rivero only notched up five hoops and two rebounds.

Now Valencia Basket ranks ninth in the standings with a 7-6 balance. Its contender for today, Monbús Obradoiro, is in 12th place (5-8).

Real Madrid (13-1) leads the competition, followed by Barca (11-3), the reigning champion of the Spanish basketball league, and Joventut Badalona (9-5) rounding up the leading trio.

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