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, February 22, 2017

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas--Week 12

Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas, the premier doubles competition of the 2016-2017 Mano season, began December 2, 2016. 8 teams compete for the title. The first (league) phase is a double round robin (14 matches). The top 4 finishers will then face off in a single round robin (3 matches). The two winners will play in a final on April 9, 2017.

Asegarce Competition Page

Asegarce League phase table

ASPE League phase table

Wikipedia Competition Page (Castilian)

Full ongoing league phase table (with total points and differential):

Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is 21iguales.com  21iguales.com will also keep an ongoing phase table at its main Parejas site and with every match article.

Match linescores will be provided from match articles when available. Full match linescores can be found at 21iguales.com Twitter feed.  Track back to the date and match and follow from beginning to en The feed is also available at the Main site of 21iguales.com while the matches are in progress.

Source for all highlights and full match videos, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.

Week 1;  Week 2;  Week 3;  Week 4;  Week 5;  Week 6;  Week 7Week 8 ; Week 9 ; Week 10;  Week 11

Week 12

February 17, 2017

A. Uranzu,  Irun (1)(2)(3):  Elezkano II-Zabaleta defeated Victor (substituting for Artola)-Albisu 22-6

Match article with statistics and linescore (Deia)

The most important thing to come out of this victory was the point differential. Though E-Z and A-A both have identical records, E-Z have a +40 point differential and are in 2nd place in the League. A-A, who have lost their last 2 matches by 10 and 16 points, saw their point differential dive to -18 and, though still in the logjam of  4 teams tied for 2nd place, fell out of the top 4. They need nothing more than a win, and they need one desperately. Yet again, a surplus of errors (12, according to the Deia account), did not help their cause. Runs of 6 at the beginning (0-1--6-1) and 9 at the end (13-6--22-6) book ended the match for an easy E-Z win, which also broke a 2 match losing streak.

E-Z 6-6 +40 (+1 ) A-A 6-6- -18 (-2)

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1 hour, 24 minutes, 23 seconds on the video).

In other news, Inaki Artola is scheduled to return to action in Week 13 after being out 9 weeks with a dislocated shoulder. With Victor Esteban as a substitute, the team won 4 and lost 5.


February 18, 2017

B. Ogueta, Vitoria-Gasteiz (1)(2): Irribarria-Rezusta defeated Altuna III-Merino I (substituting for Barriola) 22-12


Irribarria's +15 -3 led the way as I-R easily defeated A-M (who substituted for Barriola, unable to play due to a hand injury). The win mathematically clinched first place in the League phase for I-R. The match was close until an 8-2 run in mid-match allowed I-R to win easily. A-B lost their 5th consecutive match and now have the fewest victories in the league.

I-R 10-2 +61 (+3)!  A-B 4-8 -61 (-5)

! guaranteed 1st place in the League phase

Match highlights

Full match video (EITB) (match begins at 54:48 on the video)

February 19, 2017

C. Astelena, Eibar (1)(2): Ezkurdia-Merino II defeated Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe 22-8

Match article with statistics and linescore

In B-L's last 3 matches (Weeks 9-11, beginning with their 22-21 upset of Irribarria-Rezusta, the second time they defeated I-R in the League phase), Bengoetxez VI's scoring statistics were, by one source or another +14 -2, +9 -4, and +15 -4. These numbers were at the heart of a 3 match winning streak that gave them a solid position in the race for a Semi-final League place. In this match his statistics were, according to 21iguales.com, +4 -7. The 4 points were the only winners scored by his team. That, combined with -15 by his team, led to a very heavy defeat to E-M, who were wobbling 2 weeks ago but have recovered nicely. They carry a strong point differential into the last two weeks of the tournament. Three 5-0 runs, at the start, in the middle, and at the end of the match, led to an easy victory. 

E-M 6-6 +27 (+2) B-L 6-6- -13 (-1)  

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 55:40 on the video)

February 20, 2017

D.  Beotibar, Tolosa (1)(2): Urrutikoetxea-Imaz defeated  Olaizola II-Untoria 22-21

Match article with statistics and linescore

For the second consecutive week, U-I won by the minimum. O-U have now lost 2 consecutive matches, by 2 points and the minimum. On the micro level of this match, it was a Urrutikoetxea special. Trailing 3-8, 4-11, and 13-18, U-I fashioned an 9-3 run to win. On the macro level of the tournament, Urrutikoetxea is trying to fashion the same kind of "victory." His team has been at the foot of the table for most of the season. After a crushing 22-9 defeat by Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe in Week 10 they had a 3-7 record and seemed relegated to "playing out the string." In these kinds of situations, Urrutikoetxea, as we have seen time and again, is at his best. The two wins have given his team a chance. They only need to defeat the top two ranked teams in the League by big margins, and have several other matches fall their way. Seemingly impossible, but never count Urrutikoetxea out.

O-U 5-7- -2 (-2) U-I 5-7- -34 (+2)

Match highlights

Match highlights (21iguales.com) (11 selected points).

There was no full match video for this match.

Pala--2017 Mundo Parejas begins

Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 ; Jornada 1: February 24, 2017 ; Jornada 2: March 3, 2017 (J2 links to full match video of both matches); Jornada 3 and 4 Jornada 5: March 17, 2017 ; Jornada 6: March 24, 2017Final and 3rd Place Match: April 1, 2017 (Final and 3rd place links to full match videos of both matchs).

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Mundial Parejas, the premier long court Pala Tournament, began  February 17-18, 2017. The tournament, sponsored by Munduko Pilota Batzarra (World Pilota Council) is set up in a unique way. In each round the partnerships change. It features 8 InnPala professionals, 4 front court (delanteros) and 4 back (zagueros). The tournament will be played as a double round robin, with each player pairing with 3 others in each round, for a total of 6 matches.  At the end of the competition the top two delanteros pair up with the top two zagueros and play in a final. There is also a 3rd place match. The scoring for the tournament is based completely on joko (set) scores: 3-0=100pts, 3-1=80pts, 3-2=60pts, 2-3=40pts, 1-3=20pts, 0-3=0pts. The scoring system emphasizes the importance of every joko, no matter what the situation of any match.

All matches will be played at Mungia, (1)(2) the "Cathedral" of long court Pala (Pala Larga (1)(2)).

Complete tournament information (.pdf format, 11p), including match schedule and partnerships, rules of the tournament, and a listing of past winners going back to 2007. (Source: Munduko Pilota Batzarra).

Player information (Source: Munduko Pilota Batzarra). Note: the "dossier" link on this page connects to the above tournament information pamphlet.

InnPala Tournament page

Preview article: (mundodeportivo.com)

Preview article: (Deia)

2016 Final full match video: Fusto-Brefel defeated Gaubeka-Imanol 3-2 (10-8, 8-10, 10-6, 7-10, 10-7) (EITB). For those who are unfamiliar with the traditional long court game, this is a great example of it. For those who know and love the form, it is, quite simply, a superb match.

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February 17-18, 2017

Pre-Tournament qualifying round

February 17:

1. Landeta-Gordon defeated Zubiri-Ibargarai 3-0 (10-9, 10-7, 10-8) (30-24). (Source: InnPala Twitter feed and Dairio Vasco Cartelera, February 18, 2017).

An independent match preceded this match. These players are already qualified for the tournament.

Fusto-Ibai Perez defeated Necol-Imanol 3-2 (7-10, 10-5, 10-1, 6-10, 10-6 (43-32). (Source: Dairio Vasco Cartelera, February 18, 2017).

February 18, 2017

2. Landeta-Ibargarai defeated Zubiri-Gordon 3-1 (7-10, 10-9, 10-6, 10-9)  (37-34). Source: Dairio Vasco Cartelera, February 19, 2017).

Final table, Qualifying Round

Key: Player; Match record; joko record; tournament points (these points do not carry over into the tournament).

Delanteros:

Landeta 2-0 (W 3-0=100pts., W 3-1=80pts.). 180pts.
Zubiri     0-2  (L 0-3=0pts., L 1-3=20pts). 20 pts.

Zagueros:

Gordon 1-1 (W 3-0=100pts., L 1-3=20pts.) 120pts.
Ibargarai 1-1 (L 0-3=0pts., W 3-1=80pts.)      80pts.

Landeta and Gordon qualify for the tournament. Zubiri and Ibargarai are eliminated but will be available to substitute in case of illness or injury.

L and G put tremendous pressure on Z and I by sweeping the Friday night match. Z and I were forced to sweep their match in order to have a chance to make the tournament. The qualifiers were in doubt until the last point of the 2nd joko Saturday night. Ibargarai was eliminated after the 1st joko, Zubiri after the 2nd. With nothing left to play for, the two Saturday pairs still completed a closely fought match.

A player to watch, perhaps, in the tournament is Ander Landeta. His play has consistently improved since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. He began with a 5 match losing streak in La Liga. Since then, he has won 5 and lost 2. During the 5 match losing streak his joko record was 4-15. Since then his joko record is 19-11. In jokos decided by 3 points or less in the qualifying round of this tournament, he was 5-1. The format of this tournament is very difficult, as there is no continuity (and comfort level) between partners.  Landeta, so far, has adapted well to the format. It will be interesting to see if he continues to improve.

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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. We begin the season with  La Liga Kutxabank, starting October 29, 2016.

February 18, 2017

Championships:  L=La Liga; MI-Mundial Individual

Gaubeka(d)......7-4.....25-21...-2*....1(L)
Fusto(d)............7-6.....26-26..+2
Zubiri(d)...........8-8.....31-29...-3*
Landeta(d).......5-7.....23-26...+2
Necol(d)...........6-9.....29-34...-2

Ibai-Perez(z).....11-3...37-21..+5*....2(L, MI)
Ibargari(z)..........8-8....32-31...+1
Brefel(z).............5-5....20-19...-1
Gordon(z)...........6-8....25-30....-1
Imanol(z)............3-8...17-28.....-2*

Includes Feb. 17, 2017 independent match: Fusto-Ibai Perez defeated Necol-Imanol  3-2 (7-10, 10-5, 10-1, 6-10, 10-6) at Mungia.

Includes Dec. 30, 2016 independent match: Landeta-Imanol defeated Zuberi--Ibai-Perez 3-1 (10-8, 7-10, 10-9, 10-7) at Bizkaia.

*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

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Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 ; Jornada 1: February 24, 2017 ; Jornada 2: March 3, 2017 (J2 links to full match video of both matches); Jornada 3 and 4 Jornada 5: March 17, 2017 ; Jornada 6: March 24, 2017Final and 3rd Place Match: April 1, 2017 (Final and 3rd place links to full match videos of both matchs).