The club will fight this Sunday Super Cup, the first title of the season (18.30, #Vamos) after leaving the good feelings against Valencia Basket to which he dominated the first semifinal from start to finish (87-68). Brandon Davies (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Cory Higgins (13) shone individually, but the triumph was built above all on a great collective effort that made us forget the bad image of a week ago with the defeat in the Catalan League against to Manresa.
His rival in the final will be Real Madrid, the champion of the last three editions, which in the second semifinal, beat the host, Lenovo Tenerife by 70-72, in a much more balanced game that was decided in the last quarter. , which the Txus Vidorreta team faced with a five-point advantage that was not enough. It will be the first classic that Spanish basketball will experience in the new season.
“We have to keep improving and if it can be winning. Today they have all been able to play and that is good. Now, we will focus on the final, “said Jasikevicius.
From the defense , Barça began to build the victory , especially in the first half in which they forced 15 losses in Valencia (they ended the game with 20), surpassed by the intensity and physical display of their rival.
Too many casualties
Limited by important casualties ( Dimitrijevic, López-Arostegui, Rivero, Labeyrie ), Valencia was surprised, initially, and later surpassed, by a rival who took advantage of his mistakes to add easy baskets in the counterattack, which moved the ball, dominated the rebound and the inside game and, in general lines, showed many more automatisms than the Valencian team.
Calathes knew how to move the team, but the same happened with Laprovittola on the court and when the young Jokubaitis entered the starting five . Barça has taken a step forward in creation with the arrival of the latter two. But also in the threat to the basket.
The two are capable of generating points, giving the Barça team more punch, which again showed good percentages in the triple, and found, against the Valencians, a very solid version of Davies and Higgins, the two players who were in charge of going stretching the differences, over ten in the first quarter, already on the border of 20 points before the break (43-23) without Peñarroya finding a way to change the script. Newcomer HayesHe also took a step forward and the Barça team only missed a better version of Mirotic, very blurred.
The Valencia, who has been flawless in preseason (4-0) failed to change that trend around the locker room. From his physical display, his aggressiveness, and the constant help behind him, Barça maintained control and, in addition, did not lower his excellent level in attack, to take his advantages to a maximum of 26 points.
Unconsciously , Peñarroya decided to take advantage of another way: giving quality minutes to young people like Ferrando, Pradilla or Puerto and these showed him that they can be important in their schemes.
The Madrid, meanwhile, managed to overcome the pressure of the public against the Lenovo Tenerife, hooked to the success of some of his new players, although it was Causeur (13 points, 5 rebounds) the decisive player in the box Laso adding five consecutive points the decisive partial. Point guard Williams-Goss finished with 12 points, power forward Yabusele shone with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Hanga and Heurtel added 8 points each. Shermadini, with 21 points, and Huertas, with 13, were the best in Tenerife.