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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 7

La Liga Kutxabank competition began on October 29, 2016 at Bizkaia Fronton, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2). This tournament includes the entire InnPala roster, divided into 5 teams which will participate in a double round robin League competition, followed by a semi-final between the 2nd and 3rd place teams. The winner will face the League winner in a final on January 7th, 2017. Most of the matches will be at Bizkaia. There will also be matches at Sopela and Gallarta. For more on the tournament see the tournament page at InnPala.

Week 1--October 29, 2016

Week 2--November 5, 2016

Week 3--November 12, 2016

Week 4--November 19, 2016

Week 5--November 25-26, 2016

Week 6--December 2-3, 2016 

Week 7 (Source for match and individual joko scores: InnPala Twitter feed and EITB)

December 10, 2016

Necol-Ibargari defeated Zubiri-Brefel 3-1 (10-1, 10-7, 8-10, 10-3)

Scoring (Source for all scoring: EITB)
Necol +8 -3 Ibargari +13 -9; Zubiri +4 -6 Brefel +5 -11
426 balls in play; Time of the match:  48 minutes, 49 seconds

Landeta-Imanol defeated Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez 3-2 (10-9, 10-7, 3-10, 4-10, 10-9)

Scoring
Landeta +16 -12 Imanol +9 -12; Gaubeka +9 -8 Ibai-Perez +12 -4
617 balls in play; Time of the match:  68:49

 Full match video for both matches (EITB)

The big story this week was, for the second week in a row, the play of Landeta-Imanol. This week they upset the league leaders, Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez, 3-2. They won 3 very close games and lost 2 lopsided ones. Though they won, they were outscored 45-37. Landeta was the star, scoring over 40% of his team's points. The 2 matches we have reliable scoring statistics for L-I were the opening match of the tournament, October 29 (see week 1 above for full match video), where Landeta was +2 -12, and November 26 (see week 5 above for full match video), where he was +7 -9. In that match Imanol dominated the strike, 113-75. In this match Landeta took the majority of it 154-151. L-I were battered and bruised going into the 5th joko (set), after being outscored 20-7 during G-I's comeback. L-I were ahead late in the 5th joko  (9-7 as a result of two beautiful deep Landeta winners that beat Ibai-Perez) before G-I evened the score. Serving for the joko and the match, Ibai-Perez, who had the best scoring differential for both matches, faulted. Unfortunately for L-I, their 2 consecutive wins (after opening with 5 consecutive losses) came too late to put them into playoff contention. Zubiri-Brefel were thrashed by Necol-Ibargari, but the 1 joko that they managed to win eliminated L-I.

League Table:

Key: Team, Match record, Joko (set) record, League points

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez.. 5-1....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 2-3)..........17
Necol-Ibargari:...........3-3....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1)...........14
Zubiri-Brefel...............3-4....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 0-3, 1-3)...14
Fusto-Gordon.............3-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3, 3-0)...........11
Landeta-Imanol..........2-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3, 3-1, 3-2)....10

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Table of wins and losses for the 2016-2017 season.

Key: Player, Position (d=delantero (front court), z=zaguero (back court)) match wins-losses, joko (set) wins-losses, winning-losing streak, championships won. Matches that are single partidos will be noted. Table will be according to match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker will be number of wins. 2nd tie breaker will be joko win-loss differential.

December 10, 2016

Gaubeka(d)..5-1....17-11..-1*
Zubiri(d)..... 4-4....17-13..-2*
Fusto(d).......3-3....11-11...+1
Necol(d).......3-4....14-16...+1
Landeta(d)...2-5....10-18..+2

Ibai-Perez(z).5-1....17-11...-1*
Ibargari(z).....4-3....17-13..+1
Brefel(z)........3-4....14-13..-.2
Gordon(z).....3-4....11-14..+1
Imanol(z).......2-5...10-18..+2*

*Does not include the result of Nov.25, 2016 independent match Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Zubiri-Imanol. The result is unknown at this time. I will add it when I find it.

Includes Nov. 19, 2016 independent match: Zuberi-Ibargari defeated Necol-Gordon 3-0 (10-8, 10-3, 10-9) at Bizkaia.

For cumulative accounting of this player table see the InnPala Player win-loss table under the Pala page on the right side of the blog.