It was the second game of one of the South Conference semifinals of the Argentine Basketball League Come in Zarate Basket Y Racing de Chivilcoy. The first had been a beating of the team from Zarate 92 to 67, but this was more even, with an advantage for the team that is ahead in the series. In the last quarter the difference was shortened until it vanished when the match had just three seconds and five thousandths left.
They were even on 104 points and due to the little that remained until regulation time expired, everything seemed to be heading for extra time. The local technician Manuel Anglese, asked for a minute and indicated the move to avoid extra time and, consequently, win the game. When replacing from the band, the unthinkable happened: Facundo Pascolat gave the pass to Federico Grun who, stepping on the central circle, made the launch before the buzzer sounds.
The ball went in clean, passed the hoop delicately and the match ended 107-104 and unleashed madness in the Zarate stadium. If the Anglese team wins the next one, they will reach their conference finals.
Grun arrived just two months ago to the team that fights for promotion. He did it after Lucas Andujar ruptured cruciate ligaments and joined a team whose base achieved promotion from the regional to the Argentine League, then qualified for the Super 8 and now seeks a place in the elite of Argentine basketball.
The next meeting between Zárate and Racing will be on Saturday in Chivilcoy and if those led by Anglese win, they will reach the final of their conference. If they lose instead, they will have two more opportunities, while the Academy needs to win three games if it wants to stay in the race.
The other key is Deportivo Viedma, also with two wins, and Estudiantes de Olavarría. The winner of that final will be awarded the title of champion of the Southern Conference, which will allow him to face the best of the North for a place in the National League.