Gran Canaria starts conditioned by international appointments and nursing

Gran Canaria starts conditioned by international appointments and nursing


Jaka Lakovic addresses his players in training. / CBGC

Players Benite, Brussino, Balcerowski, Khalifa Diop, Albicy, Slaughter and Inglis, absent on Lakovic’s debut in the Arena Club Room on Monday

Olivier Suarez-Armas

The representative of the best league in Europe is already sweating at the Gran Canaria Arena. The Claretian team led by Jaka Lakovic began pre-season work this Monday ahead of an exciting and ambitious 2022-2023 season in the Endesa League and EuroCup.

After two internships with the Segovian Porfi Fisac ​​​​on the bench,
the Gran Canaria Basketball Club has decided to take a turn betting on the Slovenian coach, who will make his debut as ACB head coach after being an assistant at Joventut Badalona and Surne Bilbao Basket and coaching Germany’s ratiopharm ulm for the past three years.

A common bet to try that the yellow club achieves the proposed objectives in domestic competition, where they have played in the Playoffs for the past two years with Willy Villar in sporting direction, but not in the Copa del Rey, and in continental competition, where they reached the semi-finals in the first season and fell in the quarter-finals in second after signing an almost perfect regular phase.

Lakovic is the main face and flag of this new Granca 2022-2023 which aims to benefit and make people benefit their fans at the fort of Siete Palmas, but there are also novelties on the court after the arrival of three contrasting pieces on the national and international scene, such as the Catalan game director Ferran Bassas -from Joventut Badalona-, the escort Brazilian Vitor Benite – from Hereda San Pablo Burgos – and French striker Damien Inglis – from Surne Bilbao Basket -.

seven absences

Gran Canaria has begun its implementation conditioned by the absence of players who will play international matches -Eurobasket, qualifying rounds for the next World Cup and the AmeriCup-, but also
for the physical issues of AJ Slaughter, who is recovering from a sprained left ankle, and Andrew Albicy, who suffered from thigh discomfort just the day he joined his team’s concentration for Eurobasket. And it is that Poland and France are waiting for both to recover to call them.

Keep in mind that Vitor Benite -Brazil-, Nicolás Brussino -Argentina-, Olek Balcerowski -Poland- and Khalifa Diop -Senegal– they are focused on their selections for international meetings.

At the same time,
Damien Inglis He underwent a medical examination at the Perpetuo Socorro Hospital in the morning and arrived at the Arena with the advanced session, so he then trained alone.

For this reason,
Lakovic, with seven absences, could only count on first team players Ferran Bassas, Miquel Salvó, John Shurna, Oliver Stevic, David Mutaf and Rubén López de la Torre, LEB Plata players trained by Gabi Alonso Adrián del Cerro, Gerardo Pérez, Miguel Serrano, Alberto Redondo and the recently signed Aitor Etxeguren -champion with Spain in the Europe U20- and, likewise, there was also the Montenegrin foreigner Jovan Kljajic, for whom the club is looking for another ready.

With this panorama,
the Gran Canaria Basketball Club is already underway and ready to sweat a lot in the technical and tactical sessions supervised by Lakovic and in the physical sessions coordinated by Lander Castro, who will be the Claretian physical trainer for the second consecutive season.

An implementation that will accelerate in order to lift the curtain on the Endesa League
against Barça on September 30, from 8:30 p.m., at the Gran Canaria Arena. A demanding first meeting facing a continental transatlantic which, like the yellows, is being rebuilt, but on a larger scale.

The days and weeks will be used to get the group back in shape and with the desire to recover the players as quickly as possible to reconstitute themselves.
the new project of a course where great emotions await you.

Manuel Peña, new assistant

On the other hand, coach Manuel Peña Garcés (Castellón de la Plana, January 2, 1983)
made his debut as Lakovic’s assistant coachthus joining Gran Canaria coaches Víctor García and Asier Setién.

Peña has experience in the Endesa League having worked under former Claretian coaches Porfi Fisac ​​and Luis Casimiro at Casademont Zaragoza,
where he was an assistant coach for three seasons (2018-2021).

Lakovic’s new assistant got his start in England, where he coached and coached the Reading Rockets, coached Berkshire and coached Britain Under-15s before landing at Zaragoza.

Number one of his promotion in the 2010 superior coaching course and technical collaborator of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB),
Peña commits in 2021 with Zaragoza Stadium Casablanca as technical director.

Peña lands on the island to take the place left by Frenchman Stéphane Dumas, who finished his second season in yellow this summer after arriving with Fisac ​​​​in 2020, a Segovia coach with whom he rubbed shoulders as a player at Valladolid and as an assistant. Senegal national team coach. Dumas was not renewed.

friendly seven

As part of the roadmap to arrive in the best conditions for the opening of the competition, Gran Canaria will play six friendly matches. The first two will be played in Valencia on September 2 and 3.
UCAM Murcia will be the first opponent, while Valencia Basket will wait for the islanders the next day.

Then the island team will travel to Menorca to
against Básquet Girona on September 10 at the Ciutat de Mao Tournament. The following day, they will face either BAXI Manresa or hosts Hestia Menorca depending on the result of the first game in contention.

Likewise, the place and day of the traditional preparation match against Lenovo Tenerife remains to be confirmed.

The day has come and the Gran Canaria Basketball Club is marching to meet the challenges ahead of us and bring joy to their die-hard fans.

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