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Casimiro renews with Unicaja despite coming up short in the play-offs

Luis Casimiro during his presentation on Friday.
Luis Casimiro during his presentation on Friday. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ
  • The head basketball coach will stay on for at least one more year after leading the Malaga side to third in the group stage, missing out on a semi-final place

Luis Casimiro has signed a new contract as Unicaja head coach after the basketball club's board approved the decision earlier this week.

Casimiro has already set to work with sporting director Manolo Rubia on planning for next campaign. Work got under way immediately after returning to Malaga last Friday, following the side's elimination in the group stages of the play-offs for the ACB Liga Endesa.

A string of errors in their 87-86 defeat to eventual winners Baskonia on 23 June meant that even a win in the final game against Bilbao Basket last Thursday wouldn't see them qualify for the semi-finals. In the end, a 78-65 win secured them third place.

Casimiro's new deal is for one season with an option for another and will see him embark on his third campaign at the helm after joining in the summer of 2018.

The 60-year-old's renewal points towards continuity and stability as the sport enters an uncertain period with inevitable belt-tightening.