Estonian center Artur Konontsuk and Israeli point guard Yiftach Ziv retired from the pre-Olympics as their respective teams lost in the semifinals of the Paris 2004 qualifier. This means that the two Covirán internationals can join next week and certainly they will do some training before Saturday, August 26th, to be ready for the Andalusia Cup that will take place at the Palacio de los Deportes that day, in which the Granada team will face Unicaja de Málaga After Real Betis’ relegation to the LEB Oro, they are the only two Andalusian representatives in the Endesa League. The Regional Cup will be awarded at Granada City Hall exactly tomorrow.
Estonia lost to Poland in a close duel, 83-93, with ten points and five rebounds for Covirán’s future four, Kono. In the case of Israel, Ziv had six points and six rebounds, a facet in which he excels despite his point guard role, with eight assists that failed to prevent them from losing to Bosnia and Herzegovina 77-86.
Meanwhile, David Arrit and Fernando Revilla of Damex Udea Algeciras took part in Covirán’s training sessions and will prepare until the end of August. Two other players bring the current number to thirteen under Pablo Pin’s management: Marc Garca and juniors Hugo Megas and Hugo Fernández. Eight are from the first team, and with Ziv and Kono,” only Felicio and Kramer, who are involved in the Mundobasket, will be missing.
The red-black club’s lower-category coordinator, Juanra Ruiz, also traveled to China, where he met with the vice president of the China Basketball Association, a representative of the Zhejiang federation, the president of the CBA, and the government of Xi’an.