The rivalry between Castilla and Catalonia was already from the beginning the great motor of the growth of Spanish basketball and its diffusion and popularization. For this reason, one of the first events organized by the FEB in the years after the end of the Civil War was a double duel between Catalonia and Castilla, in Barcelona and Madrid, which ended in a draw.
The first of the two games was played on the designated date of April 23 at the Gran Price in Barcelona, and ended with a 51-42 victory for Catalonia. It was a great show. “Both teams performed to their full satisfaction, especially in the phases of dominance that one and the other exercised on the field. The man from Madrid, during the two thirds of the first part and the final phase of the second, and the Catalan, in the rest”. The chronicle published the following day in the pages of EL MUNDO DEPORTIVO highlights “Emilio Alonso’s elegant and practical game” and the contribution of his brother Pedro y Gámez. On the Catalan side, the best were Eduardo Kucharski and Marcelino Maneja. The match referee was the Aragonese Bergés. And proof of the importance given to the match is the presence in the presidential box of the Captain General of the Fourth Military Region and president of the National Sports Council, General Moscardó. Along with him, in addition to other political and sports authorities, the president of the FEB, Emilio Sanchez Corona.
The ‘return’ match was played three weeks later at the Frontón Recoletos court in Madrid, also in the midst of enormous expectation and the presence of authorities, and was won by the Castilians 34-32, a result as tight as the whole game, which had to be resolved in an extension.
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