San Pablo Burgos Lexus, European basketball champion
He inherits San Pablo Burgos Lexus this Sunday was proclaimed brilliant champion of the FIBA Basketball Champions League after making a third exhibition in the Final at 8 ‘from Athens to beat Greek AEK in the final 85-74.
He Burgos team debuted in the 2019-2020 season in European competition, but the pandemic slowed down until this month of October when he was summoned again in Athens to face seven other rivals. Months before, he had already demonstrated his competitive capacity in the Final Phase of the Endesa League, reaching the semifinals, leaving Real Madrid out and in a mythical setting like OAKA he knocked down another door by presenting himself in society to continental basketball.
The set that trains Joan Peñarroya, with five years of life, closed the final phase designed by FIBA to decide the champion of their competition with a new exhibition and against another rival with much more experience and history in the Old Continent and full of players used to top-level European matches such as Rice, Langford, Lojeski, Maciulis or Slaughter.
But after forcefully get rid of Israeli Hapoel and French Dijon, his pulse did not tremble to avoid the party at the home of the Athenian team after a final where he started nervous and erratic, but in which he unleashed after the first ten minutes to unexpectedly remove all hints of emotion. Within the great collective performance of Burgos, Thaddus McFadden excelled, author of 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Anyway, AEK came out very strong and scared from the start with a worrying 14-24 after a horrendous end of the first quarter. However, San Pablo Burgos reacted in the best possible way and found the success in the triple that he had not had in the first ten minutes. Hand in hand with veteran Cook, the Burgos team endorsed him with a brutal 35-12 partial to reach the break with a good income (49-36).
Comeback for history
The expected reaction of AEK did not come thanks to the intensity that Joan Peñarroya’s team maintained on the track, who always found a triple to respond to any threat of approaching their rival’s scoreboard. The Athenian set, with ‘MVP’ Langford well braked and overwhelmed on the rebound, he was 18 down (56-38) and when he tried to get back into the game, the Castilian-Leonese team endorsed him three triples to stop him.
In the last quarter, the San Pablo Burgos did not accuse the nerves of being close to entering history and when AEK faked again with emotion (75-63), his hand reappeared from the triple to sentence and be able to enjoy his victory and join Iberostar Tenerife in the record.