This is a current awareness blog that links to the latest sources of information on Basque Pelota matches and Tournaments. It covers both North and South Basque modalities: Mano, Main Nue, Pala, Paleta, Remonte, Cesta Punta, Jai Alai, and minor modalites. We link to match articles, statistics and video highlights and/or full match videos.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mano--Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M--Final

The 2016-17 professional Mano season began on October 7, 2016 with the first round of the Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M competition. The 1st round quarterfinal league competition took place on  Oct. 14-16, 2016. The second round was played on Oct. 21-23. The third and final round was played on Oct. 28-30, 2016. The semi-finals were played on November 12-13, 2016.

The third place match between Urrutikoetxea and Oliazola II, which was supposed to take place on November 20, 2016, was cancelled due to a shoulder injury suffered by Oliazola II in his semi-final-loss to Altuna III.

Asegarce Competition Page

The competition had 12 players, in two groups. The opening round of four preliminary matches took place October 7-10, 2016. The four winners (two in each group) moved on to a quarter final league, where they joined four other seeded players (Urrutikoetxea and Altuna III in Gourp A, Oliazola II and Bengoetxea VI in Group B) in a single round robin quarter-final league. The 1st place finishers in each group then faced the 2nd place finishers in the other group in the semi-finals. Semi-final winners played in the final on November 27, 2016.

Note: Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated is 21iquales.com.

Source for all match video, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.

Final

November 27, 2016:

Ogueta Fronton, Vitoria-Gasteiz (1) (2). Bengoetxea VI defeated Altuna III 22-21

Match article and statistics (21iguales.com). 

Match article (Diario Vasco--includes link to 33 photos)

Match article (Deia)

Feature article--Altuna III (Diario Vasco)

Feature article--Bengoetxea VI (Diario Vasco)

Feature article that discusses Bengoetxea VI's triple crown (singles, doubles, 4 1/2) (Deia)

In an incredible match that see-sawed back and forth throughout, the lead changing hands 4 times, Bengoetxea VI placed a perfect left wall shot that Altuna III could not answer, winning his second consecutive 22-21 pressure match to win the tournament. 7 service aces were crucial to the win. With the victory, Bengoetxea VI becomes the 7th player in Mano history to win the triple crown (singles, doubles, and 4 1/2). He joins Julien Retegi, Fernando Arretxe, Aimar Oliazola, Juan Martinez de Irujo, Abel Barriola, and Mikel Urrutikoetxea. Urrutikoetxea won all three last season. Altuna III finished the tournament  3-2. Bengoetxea VI finished 4-1.

Match video highlights (EITB)

Video of final point of match (EITB)

Video highlights, various points (21iguales.com Youtube)

Full match video (EITB)