The maisondemont Zaragoza jumps on the track this Monday (10:00 a.m.), in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, in what will be the first working day of the pre-season. A preparation phase that will last six weeks until the official debut of the Aragonese in the Endesa League, whose first match is scheduled for September 29, against the Obradoiro, in Santiago de Compostela. Before starting work today, the players of the Zaragoza team have passed the usual medical examinations in recent days, which were carried out at the HC Miraflores hospital.
After a very bad season –Casademot finished penultimate in the standings–, the Aragonese team has undergone a radical change compared to the previous season. Dino Radoncic, Javi García, Triggvy Hlinason and Santi Yusta, who had valid contracts, remain in the team; Renewed Christian Mekowulu and Frankie Ferrari, who joined the team in the final stretch of last season and were instrumental in the salvation; and the hiring of a new coach, Martin Schiller, and players Borisa Simanic, Justinian Jessup, Marcel Ponitka and Rihards Lomazs is complete.
Physical preparation will monopolize the first training sessions. Casademont will face two weeks of work in Zaragoza, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, before going to the first friendly match of the pre-season, which will take place on August 27 in Ejea de los Caballeros. The opponent will be Fuenlabrada, a rival also marked by the rigors of qualifying in the previous season. In fact, they finished with 12 victories and, like Casademont, they did not reach permanence until the last day of the championship.
The next preparatory meeting is scheduled for September 3, in Calatayud, in front of the CB Granada Foundation. The Andalusian side will compete in the top flight for the first time in their history, having achieved promotion last May as LEB Gold League champions. A day later, the Aragonese team will travel to Benasque, where they will be concentrated until the 7th. In addition to the pursuit of physical preparation and technical work on the track, the stay in the Pyrenean city will make it possible to forge links, to accentuate the cohabitation and to facilitate the process of adaptation of a group with many new faces.
Next, On September 10, Casademont will participate in the Pepe Lanzuela Memorial, a tournament that will take place in Teruel and will be organized by the Aragonese Basketball Federation. It will be a demanding test for the Zaragoza team, which in this edition will face Valencia Basket, one of the most imposing teams on the continental scene.
Meanwhile, Casademont will present itself to its public on September 17, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion, in a new edition of the Ibercaja City of Zaragoza ‘José Luis Abós Memorial’ Trophy. He will do this against a consistent opponent: will measure its potential with the French Asvel Villeurbanne, a team that competes in the Euroleague and owned by former NBA player Tony Parker.
The last warm-up game will again be against Granada, now at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in the Nasrid city. The clash against the Andalusians is scheduled for September 21, seven days before the start of the Endesa Leagueand corresponds to the seventh edition of the José Enrique de la Cruz Memorial.
Martin Schiller’s team will start the official competition on September 29 in Santiago de Compostela, a very demanding setting. The Obradoiro is a particularly reliable block in its stronghold: Of the 12 wins added in the previous season, 9 of them happened in the heat of their fans.
For its part, Casademont will open at home two days later, also with another important opponent: they will play against UCAM Murcia, one of the revelations of the past course. Sito Alonso’s men not only took part in the previous edition of the Copa del Rey – they even reached the semi-finals – but they were also close to sneaking into the title qualifiers.
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