The European champion Usman Garuba, in the Palacio


The recently declared winner of the Eurobasket went to the match between Cebé and HLA Alicante last night to watch his brother Sediq play

Usman Garuba was last night at the Sportpaleis in Cartagena. The Spain international, who against all odds won the Eurobasket with the national team, went to watch the performance of his brother Sediq, Cebé’s acquisition this year. Born in Madrid to Nigerian parents, he was in the Real Madrid youth academy, a team with which he made his ACB debut in 2018 against San Pablo Burgos. He became the third youngest player to make his debut in the top division of Spanish basketball.

He broke one precocity record after another. In the 2019-20 season, against UCAM Murcia, he became the youngest player to achieve a double double in the ACB League. He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and a PIR of 24. In addition, he performed at an extraordinary level in the Euroleague, reaching a PIR of 30 in a game the following season.

As a result, he was chosen in the twenty-third position of the NBA ‘Draft’ by the Houston Rockets, a team to which he belongs and which paid Real Madrid the three million euro cancellation clause.

Usman is very close to his brother Sediq, who is two years his junior and has arrived this summer at ODILO Fútbol Club Cartagena Baloncesto on loan from the Merengue team with the aim of bolstering the defensive side of the Cartagena club. That is why he witnessed the match between Cebé and HLA Alicante (former Lucentum), which plays in the LEB Gold League, in the VIP box of the Palacio de los Deportes de Cartagena last night.

The NBA player was the big attraction of the game, the stands were asking for photos. Cebé chairman David Ayala handed him a Cartagena team shirt at halftime. “It’s better than expected. We chose well,” he told the Houston Rockets’ ORM microphones, referring to his younger brother.

In the match, where Cebé performed much better than in the preseason first, although eventually losing with a final score of 60-74, Sediq Garuba shone with his own light. The power forward scored 17 points. Point guard Víctor Aguilar was also at a remarkable level, with a total of 11 points.

The game was decided in the last quarter. After reaching that point with a score of 45-50, several consecutive goals from the visiting side increased the distance to win the match.

Source: La Verdad


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