Neither the rule that could not count on his American (Maya More) in the fourth quarter because playing against Army team was able to Shanxi Rui Flame of Lucas Mondelo.
National coach and his assistant, also Spanish, César Rupérez, are making history in China where a foreign coach ever won three consecutive league. For now the Spaniards have two and have earned the right to dream with his third consecutive ring before the giant Brittney Grinner, International American known for their ability to perform mates into play.
MONDELO: we reinvent ourselves in progress
Lucas Mondelo recalls that "the key this season is not giving anything for granted. The rule change prevented us from having an extra Asian, affecting us more than any other team because we had the best in the league. It's like if you take away one of the Americans in the Endesa League. Our roster of Chinese was limited -only possessed a internationally-, and play as often, coached little harmed us a little more and we should combine the team with several new faces. But when things go wrong you have to get used to try new things and seem to find the way after incorporating a 'combo' to complete the puzzle ".
The coach expects "a very, very complicated end. In front we have to Brittney Griner, who is one of the best centers in the world. We suffered her in the final of the World Championship in Turkey where we went silver and in China has become one of the best players in the league".
But Mondelo hopes "to court advantage and the competition for a competitor as Maya Moore will try to raise some traps to compete. It will be a tough battle and will be important to start the playoff ".