Mogi and San Lorenzo tip off the tournament
Date Monday, October 28
Local game time: 8:00 PM
TV: DAZN - DirecTV.
Referees: Luis Roberto Vázquez (Puerto Rico), Julio César Anaya Freire (Panama) and Kristian Páez Arteaga (Ecuador).
Venue: Ginasio Municipal Hugo Ramos, Sao Paulo.
SÃO PAULO (BCLA) — The curtain of the Basketball Champions League Americas will be raised in São Paulo with a showdown between two teams that know each other perfectly — Brazil’s Mogi das Cruzes and Argentina’s San Lorenzo. The two will face for the fifth time in the last three years at a continental level, after they played four times in Liga de las Américas, with all wins — including the final of the 2017-2018 season — going to San Lorenzo.
The Brazilians, led by Jorge Guerra are coming in strongly after beginning their season undefeated with three wins against Capitanes, São Paulo and Corinthians. The coach was able to build a squad equipped with experience and youth. He knows his key elements are Alexey and Danilo Fuzaro, plus Fulvio's contributions.
As for San Lorenzo, they're currently amid a rebuilding process, but their winning drive remains intact. Gonzalo García, Joel Anthony, Donald Sims, Mathias Calfani and Jerome Meyinisse are no longer there, but they hired a new technical team led by Facundo Müller, who arrived with Luciano González, Esteban Batista, Facundo Piñero, Agustín Caffaro and Justin Williams. Besides, to continue clenching the top spots in the Americas after two Liga de las Américas editions, they're counting on Marcos Mata, Nicolás Aguirre and Dar Tucker as their star players.
“We have a team that likes to play good basketball. We know San Lorenzo are dangerous because we already know them, but with this new BCLA format we can play at home with our people. Mogi are a team that always want to fight for important things, I hope that we can have an excellent tournament,” said Guerrinha, who coaches for the Brazilian team that today opens at home and will play their second game on November 24 as visitors against Uruguay’s Biguá, the other Group A team.
Marcos Mata is one of San Lorenzo’s spearheads, who’s also coming in strong after getting into the quarter finals of the Súper 20, the tournament that opens the season in Argentina, and who’ll try to grasp one of spots in the Final Four against Obras Sanitarias. The small forward talked before the initial game against Mogi: “The venue will be very important in this competition because this is a new format, which is why we need to play good games as visitors and, if we can, win the two games because we're visiting. We know that Mogi has always had a good team and that Biguá fights hard. Our goal is to always try to get the objectives. We’ll have to change a lot of things because we're rebuilding. We need to be active and intelligent. The debut will be a very tough game.”