The Barça will play against him Real Madrid as of this Sunday the end of Endesa League after not failing against Lenovo Tenerife in a third semifinal match that Sarunas Jasikevicius’ men made their own in the third quarter with a great defense (89-72). Pau Gasol will play in an ACB final 20 years later after being, once again, one of the highlights of the Barça triumph with 15 points, 5 rebounds and a PIR of 24 in the thirteen and a half minutes he was on the court. Nick Calathes (12 points) led the Barça game with success and Brandon Davies (14 points) took Giorgi Shermadini, one of the mainstays of the Tenerife team, out of the game, in what were some of the keys to Barça’s triumph.
Txus Vidorreta’s team, led by a great Aaron Doornekamp, the match’s top scorer with 19 points and 6 of 9 in triples, could not match the game of the Catalans, who at the start of the second quarter distanced themselves and never saw them in danger your victory. The Tenerifeans surprised Barça at the start with two triples from Doornekamp and one from Cavanaugh to get 4-9 (min. 2) but the Catalans responded with Davies and Abrines to add a 9-0 run and place ahead (13-9 , min. 5). Marcelinho Huertas assisted Guerra and Sulejmanovic in the final minutes of the first quarter to keep Tenerife close to Barça on the scoreboard (23-21. Min 10).
A triple by Salin in the first attack of the second quarter put the islanders up again (23-24, min 11) but Pau Gasol appeared with two consecutive triples and Barça began to control the game until they were ten points apart (41-31, min. 16). Hanga and Calathes were also right from the 6.75 line and Smits completed the counter-attack plays as a result of the dominance of the defensive rebound of Jasikevicius’s team. Shermadini and Huertas played their best minutes of the first half in the final minutes of the second quarter to leave the difference in seven points at halftime (46-39, min 20).
Barça’s zonal defense after the break deactivated the Tenerife attack, which only added eleven points in the third quarter. A triple from Calathes and a pair of assists from the Greek base to Gasoline they threw Barça, which went to the eighteen points clear (66-48, min. 30).
Davies beat Shermadini in the zone and Lenovo Tenerife found no alternative in attack beyond the triples of Doornekamp and Rodriguez. A Higgins basket left Barça’s maximum advantage at the end of the quarter (68-50). The Tenerife people tried to return to the game at the beginning of the last period and reduced the difference to twelve points (72-60, min. 33) after two triples from Doornekamp and Salin, but a two plus one from Oriola cut the Tenerife reaction (75-60 , min. 34).
Jasikevicius brought Calathes, Higgins and Mirotic back on track to control the game until the end, as it was. Vidorreta did not do the same with Shermadini, who did not have his day and that took its toll on his team. A triple by Cory Higgins at 2’40 “final closed the game with 81-64.