Unicaja, Telekom Bonn, Hapoel Jerusalem and Lenovo Tenerife. The Final Four of the BCL 2023 already has its four classified teams. The FIBA continental title will be played between May 12 and 14 with two Spanish teams, one Israeli and one German as contenders for the European title.
He Unicaja he was the first to do homework in their quarterfinal tie. He won 2-0 against UCAM in Murcia and qualified 7 days ago for the long-awaited Final a Cuatro.
The greens, who come from the Qualifying Phase, have made a BCL to frame, which will allow them to play for the first time, in their second participation, the Final Four of this competition.
Between this Tuesday and Wednesday the other three finalists have qualified. The second team to achieve a place was the Telekom Bonn, who won the tiebreaker of their series against French side SIG Strasbourg. The Germans lost the first game of the crossover in Bonn, but stormed Strasbourg to equalize the series and this Tuesday they certified the comeback and the pass to the Final Four.
Bonn is one of the big surprises of the season in Europe and even in the Bundesliga, where they are co-leaders with 26 wins in 28 games. They have the same victories as Alba Berlin, although Telekom has a postponed match, and they have no less than 4 ahead of third-placed Bayern.
The third classified team was this Wednesday the Hapoel Jerusalemwho feasted in their pavilion against a Greek AEK that could not stand the strength of a Hapoel even in the first quarter that was carried on the wings by the 11,000 fans who filled the Pais Arena to the brim.
Hapoel was one of the favorites before the start of the competition to be in the final fight for the title and Aleksandar Dzikic’s men have fulfilled those forecasts. He will be a fearsome opponent, of course, whoever gets to play in the semifinals.
The last team to qualify chronologically was this Wednesday the Lenovo Tenerifewho beat Baxi Manesa in the tiebreaker of a series that was much more even than anyone could have anticipated on the day of the draw.
Tenerife is the current champion of this competition, who won a year ago in the Final Four held in Bilbao, precisely against Manresa. The islanders have been the favorites to beat since this BCL started and they will go to the Fina Four as one of the top contenders for the title.
The four-way event for the title will be played between Friday the 12th and Sunday the 14th of next May. Before, next Tuesday, April 25, the pairing draw will be held in which there will be no type of restriction, so Unicaja can play any of the other three finalists, including Lenovo Tenerife from the Endesa League.
The two semifinals of the BCL will be played on Friday the 12th and the two winners of those matches will play the grand final on Sunday the 14th. The schedules of all the matches will be announced in the coming days. Unicaja has a challenge ahead of him.
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