Regular Season Round 18: Caja Laboral - CAI Zaragoza 74-73 (23-20, 15-15, 21-22, 15-16)
Date: January 20, 2013 Sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (10-8) was very close to win a game against second ranked Caja Laboral (15-3) in Vitoria on Sunday. Caja Laboral managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CAI Zaragoza won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Caja Laboral won last quarter 15-16. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. Caja Laboral's coach Zan Tabak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian forward Damjan Rudez (208-86) added 14 points in the effort for CAI Zaragoza. Caja Laboral have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Real Madrid. CAI Zaragoza at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with FCB Regal. Caja Laboral are looking forward to face Cajasol (#12) in Sevilla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CAI Zaragoza will play at home against CB Canarias (#15) in Tenerife and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win. Top scorers: Caja Laboral: M.Lampe 14+6reb+1ast, B.Oleson 13+3reb+1ast, N.Bjelica 10+6reb+2ast, A.Nocioni 10+3reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 8+5reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 7+4reb CAI Zaragoza: P.Aguilar 21+6reb, D.Rudez 14+3reb+2ast, C.Toppert 10+4reb+1ast, H.Norel 7+2reb, S.Van Rossom 7+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 6+2reb
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