For the third time in the last four seasons Barça returned to snatch a Copa del Rey from Real Madrid, although this time without final pressures or arbitration controversies, because He was far superior to a gripped rival that could not end the curse of the host, which has lasted for 19 years (73-88).
The Catalans, having forgotten the shock of their debut and without symptoms of fatigue, went from less to more in a tournament in which They already add 26 Cups and threaten the dominance of their eternal rival, who is left with 28. Sarunas Jasikevicius’s project already has its first title in its pocket.
The team seemed to start better in the final Pablo Laso from the hand of Alberto Abalde, but that feeling did not last long because the Catalans reacted immediately from the hand of Nikola Mirotic, that began to produce in attack and gave the first advantages to his.
Then came the white disconnection, which had him out of play for almost five minutes, in which he went from 7-4 to 7-18 after a 14-0 run. The shots did not enter him and, in addition, they clearly lost the battle in the rebound and they were asphyxiated by the defense of a Catalan team owner and lord of the first act (11-20).
With only three two-point baskets to their credit (33%) and a single triple of the seven attempted in those ten minutes (14%), the current champions were forced to the first substitution to react, as happened in the semifinals in front of Lenovo Tenerife.
They did it timidly, with a 5-0 start at the restart, but there was their threat of a comeback because, in addition to playing with a couple of gears less, their opponent was much finer, with a Cory Higgins in the good line of previous matches, and did not allow approaches.
Those of Jasikevicius followed their own, complying with their game plan, before the bad afternoon of the rival gunners. Pablo Laso moved the bench in search of solutions But it was of no use, because after conceding 32 points in the second quarter, they reached the break with a clear 31-52 in favor of the visitors.
Higgins’ 2 + 1 in the first play of the second half aggravated the situation for Madrid interests, who could not find their way to the hoop and continued to accumulate errors, along the lines of the first two quarters.
At least his defense began to carbure as usual and to recover balls and Sergio Llull began to produce and assist a Walter Tavares until then disappeared. Barça had doubts when they saw that their mattress remained at 16 points, but Álex Abrines, from the perimeter, restored tranquility to his team.
Then came two triples in a row from Llull and Causeur that tightened the final somewhat (50-63, min 28). They still had a long way to go, but at least their attitude behind was different, until a final sprint of the Barça left the crash on track at the end of the third quarter (50-69, min 30).
The exchange of blows from the last ten minutes proved sterile for a Real Madrid that, although he minimized damage from the triple and reached eleven down, he did not have his afternoon and ended up yielding his crown to a much more compact Barça, which already seriously threatens the white dominance in the tournament’s record.
73 – Real Madrid (11 + 20 + 19 + 23): Llull (8), Causeur (5), Abalde (15), Deck (9) and Thompkins (8) -starting five-, Carroll (-), Tyus (-), Laprovittola (-), Tavares (17), Reyes (2), Garuba (-) and Alocen (9).
88 – Barça (20 + 32 + 17 + 19): Calathes (12), Higgins (20), Hanga (3), Mirotic (12) and Pustovyi (2) -starting five-, Oriola (2), Abrines (8), Davies (10), Westermann (-), Bolmaro (-), Smits (13), and Kuric (6).
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Carlos Peruga and Antonio Conde. Without eliminated
Incidents: Final of the Copa del Rey 2020-2021 played behind closed doors due to the pandemic at the WiZink Center in Madrid.