Barcelona will play the Euroleague Final Four again seven years later. The Barça team, now with Pau Gasol, who aspire to conquer between May 28 and 30 in Cologne (Germany) the only club title missing from their record, did not fail at the Palau and overwhelmed Zenit de San Petersburgo in the fifth and final match of their tie (79-53), to have the opportunity to win what would be the third European Cup in their history after those won in 2003 and 2010. In the semifinals, Barça will face Armani Milan, who also He needed a fifth game on their court to beat Bayern Munich (92-89), with 34 points and a PIR of former Baskonista Shavon Shields. Anadolu Efes, the executioner of Real Madrid, who touched the miracle in Istanbul (88-83), will play their place in the final against the reigning champions, CSKA Moscow, who had already eliminated Fenerbahçe 3-0.
Led in attack by Cory Higgins (15 points), Nick Calathes (12), Brandon Davies and Kyle Kuric (11 each), in Pau Gasol’s best game in the Euroleague since he arrived at Barça (seven points, three rebounds and four blocks and player of the most valued match), the Barça team led by Sarunas Jasikevicius fulfilled the forecasts and gave Zenit no option, in which the exculé Kevin Pangos on this occasion was not decisive to give the big surprise at the Palau, where Xavi Pascual will triumph in his day. The Catalan coach was the coach who led Barcelona to the conquest of their second Euroleague, 11 years ago, and also who was on the Barça bench in the team’s last participation in 2014 in Milan, where he was beaten in the semifinals by Real Madrid (62-100).
At the end of this month, Barcelona, leader at the end of the regular phase of the Euroleague, with 24 victories and 10 defeats, the same as CSKA, will coincide in Cologne with the three teams that preceded them in the standings, since after The Russian team were Anadolu Efes (22 wins) and Armani Milan (21), in which Sergio Rodríguez and former Blue Malcolm Delaney are active. In their semifinal to be played on Friday, May 28, Barcelona will be a clear favorite against Ettore Messina’s Armani, while CSKA and Anadolu will reissue that same day in the last match the final they played in 2019 and in which they were crowned the Muscovite team, at the command of the Tenerife base (83-91).
Calathes (7), Higgins (16), Abrines (1), Mirotic (11), Davies (22) -initial quintet-; Oriola, Bolmaro, Martínez (-), Hanga (6), Smits, Gasol (2) and Kuric (13).
Pangos (10), Hollins (1), Rivers (8), Thomas (10), Black (8) -quinteto inicial-; Poythress (14), Zakharov, Pushkov, Baron (19), Khvostov y Zubkov.
18-21, 18-20, 24-16 (57-39) and 28-26.
Lottermoser, Tomislav Hordov and Olegs Latisevs. Eliminated: Poythress and Black.
Fifth and last game of the Euroleague quarter-final tie, played at the Palau Blaugrana, behind closed doors.
Singleton, 38 rating
Before Barça sealed their long-awaited passport to the Final Four, Real Madrid stroked the feat, but lost the fifth game against Anadolu Efes and was left out. Never in history has a team rallied from a 2-0 defeat in the Euroleague and Real Madrid was unable to do so in Turkey either, although with their heroic performance they came very close to an unprecedented feat.
After equalizing the tie at the WiZink Center, Madrid had options to achieve a milestone they dreamed of until the last 15 seconds, when at 83-80 a triple by Sergio Llul crashed into the ring and Jaycee Carroll committed a personal after the rebound captured by Chris Singleton, author of 26 points and eight rebounds for 38 PIR. The blaugrana expívot was in charge of burying Real Madrid along with Vasilije Micic (18 points and five assists) and the former Unicaja player Krunoslav Simon (17 points), whose last triple dynamited the series in the absence of 38 seconds (83-80). Former Baskonia base Shane Larkin finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The resurrected Real Madrid, despite the 17 points of Nico Laprovittola, the eight points and seven sacks of Edy Tavares and the great collective work -all scored, except Jeffery Taylor-, had to surrender in the end to the powerful Anadolu Efes, one of The three main candidates to win the Euroleague this year, to which a white team that always exhibits character and pride gave a lot of war.
Larkin (10), Micic (18), Simon (17), Singleton (26) and Dunston (3) -initial quintet-; Beaubois (5), Sanli (4), Balbay (-), Anderson (-), Moerman (-) and Pleiss (5).
Alocén (7), Carroll (10), Abalde (6), Garuba (4) and Tyus (2) -initial quintet-; Llull (10), Thompkins (12), Tavares (8), Rudy Fernández (7), Laprovittola (17) and Taylor (-).
18-21, 18-20, 24-16, 28-26.
Boltauzer, Rocha and Nikolic. Eliminated: Tavares.
Fifth and last match of the Euroleague quarter-final tie, played at the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall in Istanbul.
Pablo Laso’s team, who aspired to play their seventh Final Four in the last eight editions disputed – the 2020 Euroleague was canceled due to the pandemic – said goodbye with honor in the quarterfinals, weighed down after the Facu marches Campazzo and Gaby Deck to the NBA, for the first two beatings suffered in Istanbul and, in the fifth game, for their lack of aim from the outside (14 of 38 triples, for 36.8% of success), while the Turkish team finished 14 of 29 in triples, led by Micic, Singleton and Simon. In the most successful team in Europe, Llull could only hit two 3-pointers from nine attempts. The last two in a row in desperation in two frustrated final attacks by the Whites, when Anadolu, more accurate in the key moments in the decisive section, already had their third victory on the road to the Final Four.