Archive photograph of the player, David Huertas, when he participated in the Puerto Rico basketball team in 2018. Today he is part of the Fuerza Regia de México team. . / Thais Llorca / Archive
Monterrey (Mexico), Nov 18 . .- The Puerto Rican David Huertas led this Wednesday with 22 points the 86-69 victory of Fuerza Regia de Monterrey over the Aguacateros de Michoacán in the final of the Mexican professional basketball league, to put the series 2-1 in his favor.
Huertas, who also contributed five rebounds and two assists, helped Monterrey’s men, coached by Spaniard Francisco Olmos, get within a title win.
The first quarter started evenly, but a couple of shots from Huertas, a triple and a double, placed the game in favor of Fuerza Regia with a five-point lead with 3.30 minutes on the clock that led Monterrey’s team to close the quarter with the score 26-16.
For the second period, the regios lowered their momentum and committed turnovers taken advantage of by Michoacán, led by Argentine Nicolás Casalánguida, who reduced his disadvantage and tied the duel 31-31 with more than half of the quarter ahead.
However, the Aguacateros, with six missed field goals, returned control of the game to Fuerza Regia, which relied on the rebounds and trays of Huertas and American Joseph Ávila to go at halftime with a 42-35 advantage.
At the beginning of the third period, the Aguacateros cut the distance to three points by taking advantage of the penalty shots that Fuerza Regia gave them.
A triple by Argentine Cristian Cortés tied the duel 50-50, however Fuerza Regia took off again with field shots to close 60-57.
The last quarter was decisive for those led by Olmos, who with a good defense prevented Michoacán from scoring in the first three minutes, time in which Fuerza Regia put the duel 73-57 and already unattainable.
Desperation seized the Aguacateros so much that the MVP of the west, American Jerome Meyinsse and Casalánguida committed technical fouls.
With the advantage not only on the scoreboard, but also mentally, Huertas continued his triples concert to close the room with three shots from a distance.
The final will resume tomorrow with the fourth match, the last to be played at the Fuerza Regia home and in which, if they win, they would raise their third title in their history.