Gran Canaria kicks off with a renewed spirit and the obligation to look up

Gran Canaria kicks off with a renewed spirit and the obligation to look up

Willy Villar -left-, Jaka Lakovic -centre- and Enrique Moreno pose during the official presentation of the Slovenian coach. / cover

Lakovic’s project begins pre-season work this Monday without the presence of the four internationals and the injured AJ Slaughter and Andrew Albicy

Day came. New season and more shared wishes. This Monday, the Gran Canaria Basketball Club begins its pre-season work at the Sala Club in the Gran Canaria Arena to arrive in the best conditions for its league debut against Barça on September 30, starting at 8:30 p.m. Precinct Siete Palmas.

The project that Jaka Lakovic will lead faces preparation conditioned by the absence of players who are with their national teams due to international commitments in Europe, Africa and America. And it is that the Pole Olek Balcerowski, the Brazilian Vitor Benite, the Argentinian Nicolás Brussino and the Senegalese Khalifa Diop will take a few weeks to join the Claretian dynamic.

there is uncertainty surrounding the physical state of the North American exterior AJ Slaughter and French game director Andrew Albicy for left ankle sprain and thigh discomfort, respectively. Evils that keep them both away from Eurobasket for the moment.

For this reason, the Slovenian coach, who will make his debut in the Endesa league as head coach after having been an assistant at Joventut and Bilbao and having been at the German ratiopharm Ulm for three seasons,
will only be able to count on first-team players Ferran Bassas, Miquel Salvó, Damien Inglis, John Shurna and Oliver Stevic, as well as David Mutaf and Rubén López de la Torre They join a professional team LEB Plata record this course.

Ferran Bassa. /


Precisely, the branch that forms the Gran Canarian Gabi Alonso,
who will collaborate with Lakovic during the pre-season while awaiting the return of Víctor García from Eurobasketwill complete the preparatory sessions with regulars Adrián del Cerro, Gerardo Pérez, Miguel Serrano and Alberto Redondo and newcomers to the entity Aitor Etxeguren -gold in the U20 European Championship with Spain-, Serbian midfielder Luka Paunov and the Dominican shooter Yeikson Montero -lost to Eulis Báez the final of the Dominican Republic League a few days ago-.

English and Benite, with international and domestic competition experience, are the main newcomers along with Jaka Lakovic, who will have a new assistant coach to join the aforementioned Víctor García and fellow islander Asier Setién.
It is Manuel Penawho worked for three courses at Casademont Zaragoza (2018-2021)where he coincided with former yellow players Porfi Fisac ​​and Luis Casimiro.

six friendlies

Granca will play six warm-up matches. The first two will take place in Valencia on September 2 and 3. UCAM Murcia will be the first rival and Valencia Basket will wait for the islanders the next day.

the Claretian team will travel to Menorca to see each other with Básquet Girona on September 10 at the Ciutat de Mao Tournament. The following day either BAXI Manresa or host Hestia Menorca will play depending on the result.

The place and day of the traditional friendly duel against Lenovo Tenerife remains to be confirmed of Txus Vidorreta and, if it is confirmed that the faces will only be seen once, then another opponent.

Damien Inglis. /


“A good chemistry”

Lakovic takes charge and, after the first session on Monday at the Arena, he will take care of the media. In his official presentation, he has already underlined that “for me it is essential
ateam with good chemistry, let’s be a family. Then the storms will come and coming out of a storm is always easier when the team is united.

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