84-85: Andorra gives the first dislike to Jasikevicius' Barça

Barça, despite Mirotic's 28 points, could not impose its game on the Andorrans who played with more discipline and with Senglin and Tyson Pérez as executors.


Morabanc Andorra beat Sarunas Jasikevicius's Barça at the Palau Blaugrana 84-85 in the final of the 41st edition of the ACB Catalan League, adding their second title in the competition after a match in which the 28 points of Nikola Mirotic, MVP of the final, was insufficient against the game of Tyson Pérez (17 points) and Jeremy Senglin (18), especially in the second half

The Catalans have not yet been able to count on Cory Higgins and Kyle Kuric, while the Andorrans have had, in addition to the already known Moussa Siagné, the casualties of Oriol Paulí and David Jelinek, who were injured in Friday's semifinal against Joventut .

The two teams presented the same initial five of the semifinals and Saras placed Calathes with Bolmaro at the center of his attack and the young Argentine noted the first six points of the Catalans (6-5, m.3) .

Andorran losses in attack and Barça's dominance in the rebound opened the gap (11-5, m.6). Ibon Navarro stopped the game, changed to his bases, giving entry to Guille Colom and Sergi Garcia and the change was total (13-13, m.8) after a time from Barça and Saras's anger at his players.

Arrines' free throws (4) allowed the Barcelona fans to go 17-15 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Calathes and Heurtel took command of their team, but Jeremy Senglin and a triple by Palsson gave Morabanc an advantage (17-20, m.12) .

That's where the Mirotic recital began, with nine points in this quarter, along with Hanga and a final triple from Calathes to go with an advantage at halftime (40-37) .

And those of Ibon Navarro, with Senglin successful and a 2 + 1 in the return of Tyson Pérez to the track, tied again (48-48, m.25). With 51-48 (m.26) Heurtel relieved Calathes, but the Andorran defense was solid with changes from zone 2-3 to alternative individual and went up again thanks to free throws with Barça already in 'bonus' (54-57, m.29) .

Good actions by Heurtel and Davies allowed Saras's men to go to the last quarter with an advantage (60-58), but without being able to demonstrate their superiority in the squad, although the effort was beginning to take its toll and, in addition, Bandja Sy had had to leave injured in the middle the third quarter.

A triple by Abrines and basket by Hanga gave Barça its maximum advantage up to that moment (65-58, m.32) and Calathes returned to the axis of the attack with Heurtel and Mirotic also entered. Even so, Andorra did not allow the gap to open (71-68, m.36) .

Tyson Pérez and Palsson returned to the track (76-72, m.38) and a triple from the first reduced the difference in the score to the minimum expression (76-75) and forced Saras to request time to 1:52 for the end .

Mirotic, who added his point number 28 gave air to his team, but Senglin and a triple by Hanna tied (80-80) with 40 seconds to go, although Calathes gave the initiative to the Catalans (82-80) again with oslo 35 seconds of play.

Hanna tried a penetration play and the ball went out in favor of Morabanc and an incredible triple by Senglin, impressive, put those of the Principality ahead (82-83) with 21 seconds to go, but a penetration by Abrines returned to give command to Barça (84-83) with only nine seconds on the electronic.

Ibon Navarro's time, serve in the offensive field for Andorra, Mirotic's rigorous staff on Tyson Pérez, two free throws (84-85) and in the last play Thomas Heurtel missed the triple that could have decanted the crash.

Morabanc Andorra made merits to win this title, the second in its history (the previous one in 2018) and both against Barça and with Ibon Navarro as coach.

Girona wins the women's final

Spar Girona beat Cadí La Seu 69-61 in the women's final in which the Girona team player María Araújo was elected MVP of the match. Spar Girona has added its ninth title, the fourth in a row, and maintains its hegemony in the competition.

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