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.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Main Nue--Tournoi Ossau Iraty

Tournoi Ossau Iraty,  was played at Trinquet Saint-Andre, Baiona (Bayonne) (1)(2), October 13, 20, and 27th, 2016.

Source for scores (Esku Pilota Results page (scroll to dates)

Video source: Esku Pilota Youtube site

* Not listed at the Esku Pilota player pages at present

Semi-finals:

October 13, 2016

Elgart-Lucu* defeated Monce-Iturbe* 40-35

October 20, 2016

Aguirre-Lazcano defeated Inchauspe-Benesse* 40-24

Final:

October 27, 2016

Aguirre-Lazcano defeated Elgart-Lucu* 40-39.

Full match video

Since there were no match statistics available, I created my own.

Number of balls in play: 921

Number of balls in play: number of points

0-9: 41
10-19: 24
20-29: 10
30-39: 3 (including one that was replayed because Lucu accidently hit Aguirre in the back of the head with a shot)

40+: 2

Longest point: 47 balls in play (14-3 to 15-3)

Scoring (my subjective judgments, yours may be different).

Aguirre +20 (including 7 service aces) -1; Lazcano +10 -3
Elgart  +18 (including 6 service aces) -5; Lucu +17 -5

Though not contested by the stars of the Esku Pilota roster, this was one of the most dramatic and entertaining matches played this year. Consider:

Equalities: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Lead changes: 8 (the first at 23-24, the last at 38-37).

Decade scores: (winners always listed first): 9-1, 15-5, 20-10, 23-17, 25-25, 31-29, 35-35

Full condensed linescore (winners always listed first):

2-0; 2-1; 12-1; 12-3; 15-3; 15-6; 16-6; 16-8; 19-8; 19-10; 20-10; 20-14; 22-14; 22-17; 23-17; 23-24; 25-24; 25-26; 27-26; 27-28; 31-28; 31-31; 32-31; 32-32; 35-32; 35-36; 36-36; 36-37; 38-37; 38-38; 39-38; 39-39; 40-39

Sometimes "small" matches can be great matches. This was such a case.

Cedric Lucu played especially well (even though his error decided the match).

MY ARTICLE: Cedric Lucu, 17 winners, point by point