Herbalife Gran Canaria 81 Valencia Basket 97
Friday, June 26, 2020 – 8:48 PM
Pablo Laso’s team has not been absent from the semifinals since 2008. The taronjas will face Baskonia and Burgos, against Barcelona
The feat of Burgos
Valencia Basket fulfilled its role: it overwhelmed Gran Canaria (81-97) and, incidentally, left Real Madrid out of the semifinals of the battle for the ACB title. An unexpected white bump that leaves the final phase without the current champion. The last game of Laso’s, against Zaragoza, will be only a procedure. The other classified for the semifinals is Burgos, who starred in a resounding comeback against MoraBanc Andorra (88-86).
Real Madrid-Casademont Zaragoza, last in group B, was absolutely inconsequential since Valencia beat Herbalife Gran Canaria and closed the Group B classification with the locals as first in the group and San Pablo Burgos as second. They will meet, respectively, against Baskonia and against Barcelona, on Saturday.
Twelve years ago, Madrid had not missed a semifinals for the Endesa League title, since 2008, but Pablo Laso’s team has not been in this exceptional Final Phase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After an exuberant first quarter against Granca, Madrid did not have the regularity, intensity or concentration necessary to compete and to be recognized in their game and in the quality of their staff.
Valencia, meanwhile, did not fail. From start to finish he dominated Gran Canaria, which was also playing the pass. And that he could not count on his fittest player, Alberto Abalde. Jordan Loyd, Quino Colom and Mike Tobey were the props of Ponsarnau, who starred in a strong start to the second half that left Katsikaris’ men without options.
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