He Barca will play the final of the Endesa League next Tuesday after overcoming (98-84) this Sunday to San Pablo Burgos in the semifinals of the Final Phase that is being played at La Fonteta, a duel dominated by the Catalans from the beginning and with one more march in the second half.
Those of Svetislav Pesic produced a good and forceful version for wait now rival between Valencia Basket and Kirolbet Baskonia looking to win back the league since 2014. Mirotic (18 points) held his Regular League MVP and a Heurtel (14 points and 11 assists) recovered for the cause, they stood out in a choral performance by the Catalans, who enjoyed good incomes, with one of +19 at the start of the last quarter, now final.
The favorite tried to make his starting condition clear, but also Burgos demonstrated the reason for his presence in the penultimate round, the first in its history and being executioner of the Real Madrid, despite arriving with less rest than its prestigious rival. Barça jumped strong defense, very involved and with success (17-8). The Burgos did not find their rhythm and soon found themselves with foul problems. Lima, with two, sat up quickly.
Thus it was difficult for him to find the rebound and the possibility of running Burgos, but McFadden greatly minimized the damage of a complicated first quarter (23-17). He Barca He continued to grow at the beginning of the second set and, with a 12-2, he scored the maximum in his favor (35-19). With Aguilar and Rivero also in foul trouble, Peñarroya defended his hoop with a zone defense that upset the rival.
Lima returned to the track and did everything to return the partial to the azulgrana until a 41-41 that Mirotic broke on the horn. Burgos dominated the rebound and found the rhythm, while Barça forgot how well they had done for 15 minutes. However, the restart brought another good start to Barcelona.
Heurtel joins the fight
Burgos risked their passes and Higgins added six points in a row. In addition, Mirotic, Claver and Kuric added three, in a new 10-point mattress that started to raise the demand a lot of the match for those of Peñarroya. Even without finding Benite, the plugs from Lima and Fitipaldo were the arguments of a Burgos who went to the last quarter in trouble (72-58).
The foul problem at Barça was for Hanga, but Heurtel took the reins well, to feel like a leader again after many months off the court, in a great second half. The rent culé reached more than 19 and, desperately, Burgos was released without disturbing those of Pesic. The culé coach continued dosing minutes keeping many points in his players, with Oriola, Kuric and a Heurtel who arrives in time to fight for the title.
Results: Barça, 98 – San Pablo Burgos, 84. (43-41, at half-time).
Barca: Hanga (1), Higgins (9), Claver (10), Mirotic (18) and Tomic (8) –initial quintet–; Heurtel (14), Davies (10), Oriola (9), Abrines (3) and Kuric (16).
San Pablo Burgos: Fitipaldo (11), Benite (16), Vega (2), Rivero (8) and Lima (10) –quintet holder–; García Calvo (-), McFadden (19), Aguilar (13), Salvo (2), Apic (10), Alonso (-) and Bassas (2).
Partial: 23-17, 20-24, 29-17, 26-26.
Referees: Hierrezuelo, Cortés and Aliaga. Without eliminated.
Pavilion: Source of San Luis.