Barca and Penya will once again fight for the title in the final of the Liliga Catalana to be played this Wednesday (9 pm). The last four At the Palau d’Esports Catalunya in Tarragona. Jasikevicius’ men worked hard to beat Basket Girona (88–77), recently promoted to the ACB and captained by an aspiring Marc Gasol (37 years old), their best edition (6 points). was far away. Until the last quarter, Barca’s maximum margin was ten points (33-23).
Girona, a team already under the seal of Ato García Rennes (76 years old), never lost a game. Opposite, a barca who was always ahead on the scoreboard but who played with the specific rhythm of the precision.
Mark Gasol returned to play against his former team at the age of 37 after moving to the NBA in 2008
The most outstanding in Jasikevicius’s team was Satoransky (13p), who has returned to Barcelona this year after passing through the NBA. The overall scoring was widely distributed – Wesley (10), Toby (10) and Jokubaitis (12) – in a game with lots of trades for the Lithuanian coach.
Barca played without Mirotic, recovering from his Achilles tendon injury, with Higgins and Sanli, uneasily.
Aito controlled several minutes of Gasol, who had not played against his former team since leaving to play in the United States in 2008 and was lauded at Tarragona. Dusan Militik (23p) was the best ever in the basket Girona.
Earlier, in the first semi-final, Penya defeated defending champion Baksi Manresa (89-96) after beating some impressive 15-point margins (60-45) in the last two quarters.
Buxi Manresa dominated the game with some authority well into the third act, when Joventut’s offensive power prevailed: 66 points in the second half. Shooting guard Kyle Guy (18p) led the men of Badalona. Pedro Martínez’s team dominated for 25 minutes, thanks largely to an inspired Jerich Harding (24p), but were unable to react when they finally found themselves behind on the scoreboard.
La Penya knew how to exploit his strength in the inside game with Birgender (11p) and Tomic (14p). The reliability of Pau Ribas (16p) was also important.
During the first semi-final break, EuroBasket champion green-and-black Joel Parra was recognized with the Spanish team. The great basketball atmosphere in the almost full Palau d’Esports Catalunya (4,500 spectators), which was reopened this Thursday after experiencing years of boycotts after the Mediterranean Games (2018) and converted into a vaccination point during the pandemic .
Barca (22 Catalan league titles) and Penya (11) will play a one-sided final in the Andesa Super Cup next weekend when they meet again, but this time in the semi-finals.