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Distraught Astros fall at final hurdle for third year in a row.

Fuerza Regia of Monterrey overcame the Astros de Jalisco in five games in the final of the National Professional Basketball League (LNBP), inflicting the Guadalajara-based team’s third successive loss in the end-of-season finale.

The Astros had won the opening game of series at their home stadium last week, but went on to lose the next four, including all three road games. Thursday’s 90-98 defeat in game five was the nail in the coffin for the Astros, whose players were unable to find any answers to Monterrey’s superior power and skill, in particular Shonn Miller of the United States, a former Ivy League rookie of the year, who racked up 23 points and 12 rebounds.

The title is Fuerza Regia’s fifth in the 23-year history of the LNBP.  No other team has won more championships.

Formed in 2019, the Astros franchise has reached the final in three of its five seasons in the league—a formidable achievement. The players and coaching staff will no doubt console themselves knowing that at least they won the Pacific Coast Basketball Circuit (Cibacopa) title back in June.

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