The Endesa League will present three contenders for the continental scepter of the Basketball Champions League (BCL) in Russia from Wednesday, which in addition to sporting glory offers a reward of one million euros to the winner.
The fifth most populous city in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, On the banks of the Volga, the longest river in Europe, it will crown the continental champion of traditional basketball, the one who, organized by FIBA, still believes in sporting criteria as the basis for defining the international hierarchy in the sport of the basket. A hierarchy in which they have earned a place, from May 5 to 9, three Spanish representatives.
The most awarded team in the competition, Lenovo Tenerife -Champion in 2017 and runner-up in 2019-; the current champion of the BCL and the Intercontinental Cup, Inherit San Pablo Burgos; and the ‘outsider’ Casademont Zaragoza, able to reach the final appointment with his third coach so far this season and without pressure since he will debut before the host will be the Spanish representation during the gala weekend of the BCL .
The three Spanish representatives will fight for that hierarchy, but also for the economic prize of one million euros that, in the case of Inherit San Pablo Burgos there would be two, having conquered within this season the competition in the final phase of Athens delayed due to the pandemic.
In fact, the Athenian capital is the only one that has hosted two final phases (2018 and 2021) and a few months ago it was an excellent test bed for the expansion of the format from final ‘to four’ to final ‘to eight’. An experiment that was a resounding success and to which the team by Joan Peñarroya he adapted with his usual competitive ability.
In fact, the champions will have the opportunity to relive sensations led by the MVP of that event Thad McFadden, who was already important in the 2017 champion Tenerife so he could become one of the icons of the competition.
Lenovo Tenerife He attends his annual appointment with the BCL being the best Spanish team in the Endesa League – third after Real Madrid and Barcelona – and number one in the historical ranking of the European competition, although his path will not be easy. Since, if the team of Txus Vidorreta surpasses the Strasbourg, another of the classics of the BCL, could face in a fraticidal semifinal to San Pablo Burgos, which must first overcome the always complicated Israelite pitfall of the Hapoel Holon.
On the other side of the painting the Casademont Zaragoza of the newcomer Luis Casimiro, will open the competition to the host and, if he passes this test, Nymburk opine Karsiyaka will stand in the way of the desired final on Sunday.
Basketball Champions League game schedule:
Wednesday, May 5
18.00 Nizhny Novgorod – Casademont Zaragoza
20,30h ERA Nymburk – Pinar Karsiyaka
Thursday, May 6
16,00h Lenovo Tenerife – Strasbourg
19.00h Hapoel Holon – Hereda San Pablo Burgos
Friday, May 7
18,00h Semifinal 1
20,30h Semifinal 2
Sunday, May 9
16.00h Third and fourth place
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