The Burgos David succumbed to the Barça Goliath

San Pablo resisted for 20 minutes, but Barça's physique and his bench depth broke the duel in the second half. Mirotic and Heurtel, the best.


He has struggled and suffered, but Svetislav Pesic's Barça will compete on Tuesday for their 16th league title, in what will be their 28th final in the competition, after beating San Pablo Burgos 98-84. To the reconquest of a trophy that he has not achieved in the last five seasons, since 2014 when he beat Madrid in the final.

The team from Burgos has resisted in the first half (43-41), but Pesic's rotations, the rhythm of play imposed by Thomas Heurtel (11 assists), the effectiveness of Mirotic (top scorer with 18 points) and Kyle Kuric ( 16) have ended the resistance of the great revelation of this final phase.

The Barça bench has contributed 52 points for 37 of his rival, who has not had a successful Vitor Benite, a key piece in previous duels, despite his 16 goals. Pablo Aguilar (13 and 7 rebounds) and Augusto Lima (10 and 6) have held theirs to the limit of their forces. The San Pablo Burgos, despite the defeat, has made history and with capital letters.

Barça arrived at the event much cooler, with one more day of rest and after having reserved some of its most important pieces. The San Pablo Burgos, on the other hand, had had to be emptied in the five games of group B and the 24 hours less rest they accumulated have been noted.

Pesic does not believe in small enemies and put his best quintet on the track and Peñarroya only left Thad McFadden out. The Serbian coach's orders were clear, stop Vitor Benite, do not allow Fitipaldo or Bassas to maneuver and move Lima away from the board.

Barça came out connected (8-0, minute 2), but Fitipaldo, Lima and a triple from Jasiel Rivero balanced the contest (8-8). The fouls, the entry of Heurtel from base by Hanga and that accelerated the pace opened a gap with a partial 9-0 (17-9). Even so, San Pablo did not collapse and McFadden prevented the Catalans from breaking through at the end of the quarter: 23-17. Pesic ordered more movement in attack and Oriola, Tomic and Kuric broke the Castilian defense (35-19) .

Fitipaldo replaced Bassas, Peñarroya changed the defense to the adjustment zone and Heurtel entered for Hanga after committing his third foul. From there the scene changed because Lima crushed the Barça ring and Fitipaldo scored from all positions. It went from a 37-21 to a tie at 41 (minute 19) for a 4-20 set in four minutes, although Mirotic broke the equality just before the break (43-41). Burgos had achieved 20 points in the paint and 10 second options, with only three losses in this quarter after suffering eight in the first.

In Barça they closed their defense at the beginning of the third period and in attack Higgins and Mirotic disarmed the rival zone from outside (62-49). Not even Hanga's departure with four bank fouls allowed Benite to be fluent, because Heurtel set the pace. In addition, Brandon Davies, with a triple, closed the room with a clear 72-58 for the azulgrana.

The partial had been devastating in that third act (29-17) and the team of Joan Peñarroya was beginning to notice the effort. With 83-64 (minute 34), the Catalan coach asked for time to calm his attack, but Hanga returned to the mark of Benite that was already successful and together with Pablo Aguilar, very effective, they managed to reduce distance (85-72, min 36). Pesic stopped the crash. The coach gave Mirotic rest (scored 18 points in 17 minutes) to let Heurtel fully control the pace of the crash (14 points and 11 assists). Benite came up in that room with eight goals, but it was too late. Barça had both feet in the final.



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