The second game of the semi-final between Portimonense and ABC de Santo André, which will give access to the ProLiga final, in which the last place in the main division of national basketball will be decided, is scheduled for this Saturday, 29th, at 18h00, at the Portimão Gimnodesportivo Pavilion. Admission is free.
To express the support of the Municipality in view of the imminence of the promotion, the vice-president of the Chamber Álvaro Bila and the councilor for Sports Teresa Mendes attended one of the last training sessions before the big decisions, having encouraged the players and technical team of Portimonense.
On the occasion, Álvaro Bila wished everyone “a victorious weekend, so that they will bring us great joy, crowning the bet in favor of basketball that is being made in the municipality, attested by the 277 athletes, male and female, who defend the colors of Portimonense at all levels”.
According to coach Carlos Almeida, who has been working at Portimonense since 2010 at the youth level, “after last week's difficult triumph in Sines, when we beat ABC Stº André by 71 x 70, if we win tomorrow we will automatically qualify for the final ; if we lose, there will still be a final tiebreaker game, scheduled for 17:30 pm on Sunday, because this is decided by the best of three games”.
If this rival is overcome, the Algarve team will have a passport to the final, also the best of three games, being able to continue to the highest level of national basketball, even in the event of defeat, if the opponent is AD Galomar, Madeiran team from Caniço. , which will not happen if the other finalist is Galitos do Barreiro.
Portimonense's squad has 14 players, half of whom come from the club's academy, which for the coach is an asset: "Our strength is teamwork and that's what allowed us to overcome a very difficult period this season. , caused by a series of injuries”.
Otherwise, “we would never have reached the semi-finals. All that commitment and team spirit gave us the necessary strength, amplified by the growing support from the stands, with more and more people encouraging us in home games”, concluded Carlos Almeida.