Pau Gasol leads Barça to defeat Tenerife and challenge Madrid in the final of the Endesa League

Barcelona – Tenerife (89-72)

The pvot scored 15 points (24 rating) in just over 13 minutes to decide the match. This Sunday, the first match of the final.

Pau Gasol, during the match.Enric FontcubertaEFE

At this point, no one can doubt that the return of Pau Gasol al Only it is paying off. The one of Sant Boi (15 points, 24 rating in just over 13 and a half minutes) was the most outstanding of a group that also had the success of Davies, Higgins y Calathes to knock down Tenerife (89-72) and get into the end of the CBA. The Canarian team tried to stand up, especially through the success in the triples of doornekampBut he was finally outmatched by a rival who has been showing diametrically opposite faces for too long. Something that, without a doubt, Real Madrid do not hesitate to punish harshly.

The first quarter was tremendously close. Tenerife opened a first gap thanks to three consecutive triples, two from Doornekamp, ​​who scored another in the final stretch of the period, and one from Cavanaugh. That success in that type of shots will be the key so that those of Jasikevicius They won’t go too far into the light. El Bara, meanwhile, hand in hand with the tactical sense of Calathes, a Davies Hypermotivated and a Gasol who returned to give that march more to the Catalans, managed to improve their defensive performance and end up taking a first partial victory 23-21.

Pau Gasol, tremendously effective in the last few appointments, extinguished with two consecutive triples the attempted reaction signed by Copy as soon as the second quarter started. The tables were turned on that fate. Calathes, from beyond the 6.75 line, after two consecutive baskets of Smits, will put your team for the first time ten points up on the scoreboard (41-31) while Tenerife did not seem to be able to feel comfortable on the track. The visitors, however, will manage to go to rest with a little better feelings, but seven points away from the Catalans (46-39).

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Higgins, who had already left some glimpses of his quality, added his corresponding grain of sand after the break. The Catalans, with a partial of 12-3, managed to place themselves 15 points above on the scoreboard (60-45) against a rival who, again, looked for oxygen based on triples. In this case, with less success. Davies, who had his pluses and minuses with Shermadini, Y Pau Gasol continued to show their good manners and the duel went to the last quarter with a 68-50 that seemed to force Tenerife to throw in the towel.

Far from it, the set of Txus Vidorreta I tried to resist tooth and nail. Two consecutive triples, one from Doornekamp, ​​his most prominent figure, and another from Salin, gave him hope by going 72-60. El Bara, however, aware that he could not let go, fought back on defense and, with an eminently choral attack game, managed to get 20 points up after a triple by Westermann (88-68) that, after a new exchange of baskets, with Suleimanovic and Smits as protagonists, will become the 89-72 final.


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