The second semifinal of the Final-8 of the BCL at Trade Union Sport Palace (capacity 5,600/ hosting a small number of fans during the event) will be played between last year’s titleholder Burgos of Spain and the big surprise of the tournament, Strasburg of France! The Spaniards were a bit stressed for 20 minutes against Hapoel Holon in the quarter-finals; coach Joan Penarroya had to “shout” to his players in the locker room during the halftime break to bring them to their A-Game. And indeed, Burgos appeared transformed for the second half, defeating the Israelis 86-77 in the end.
Their % from the 6.75m. line wasn’t great (6/22, 27.3%), but with a pivotal performance from Vitor Benite (26 points) and experienced playmaker Alex Renfroe (14 points, 10 assists), Burgos walked away victorious. Power forward Rivero added another 11 points and 7 rebounds. No absences have been reported for the Spaniards before the semifinal tonight.
The French caused a sensation on Thursday afternoon; they eliminated powerful Tenerife, the first favorite to win the title, 88-86 in overtime (73-73 after the first 40′). The soul of the players of the 34-year-old Finnish coach Lassi Tuovi needs a special mention; they sacrificed their bodies many times towards the end of the game. And they celebrated a tremendous and historic qualification. Fantastic teamwork with 18 offensive rebounds (the French are the best team in the tournament in this statistical category). Ishmail Wainright (19 points) and Brandon Jefferson (22 points, 6 assists) stood out during the quarter-final. All players at the disposal of Tuovi against Burgos tonight.
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