By Stefan Djordjevic / [email protected]
Hereda San Pablo Burgos, a team that started professional competition in 2015, won the Basketball Champions League title last season on their debut in European competition, and have now repeated success with the second in a row.
The Spaniards won against Pinar Karsiyaka with 64-59 on the scoreboard in the 2020-21 final, to make history by becoming the first club to win two (consecutive) Basketball Champions League titles. In the meantime, they have also won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
“It’s an incredible day, we know we have incredible players, incredible talents, but this season is incredible”, Coach Joan Penarroya said after the game.
It was a very close competition between the two teams chasing the dream and the winner was decided in the home stretch. With 35 seconds remaining, Alex Renfroe took responsibility and headed for the basket, scoring on Amath M’Baye and giving his team a 62-59 lead.
The defense was extraordinary from both teams throughout the forty minutes and it was fitting that Burgos sealed the deal with a great deal of commotion during Karsiyaka’s efforts to tie the match, forcing a displacement roll into the game. painting after an offensive rebound. Vitor Benite established the final score from the free throw line.
Final 8 MVP Benite finished with 15 points, including a crucial three-point green light in crisis time followed by Renfore with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists. Jasiel Rivero added nine points and five rebounds.
Dejan Kravic made history not only because he finished the night with eight points and eight rebounds, but also because he became the first player to win the BCL title three times, two with Burgos and a Virtus. Bologna.
For Karsiyaka, M’Baye scored 17 points and eight tables while Raymar Morgan scored 13 and Metecan Birsen 10 points.
“We just couldn’t take a picture, especially me, but I don’t want to use excuses.”. Morgan said in the post-match press conference and added: “Just because we lost this battle, it’s not the end of the season, we will continue to fight in the Turkish league.”
Photo credit: Basketball Champions League
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