The Valencia Basket , facing the first of the two finals that lie ahead to try to get into the semifinals of the Final Phase of the League Endesa with a direct confrontation against another team that depends on itself to move round, the San Pablo Burgos.
San Pablo Burgos keeps its qualification options for the semifinals intact and, like Valencia Basket, it depends on himself to be in the next round. His time in the tournament is being remarkable with two wins (against Casademont Zaragoza and Real Madrid) and a loss in overtime against Herbalife Gran Canaria. Led by the dangerous shooters Benite and McFadden, the Burgos team has found in the extanja Pablo Aguilar and the Cuban Jasiel Rivero the formula to not miss the absence of the center Earl Clark, his great absence in this tournament, in addition to Álex Barrera ( back) and the long-term injured Goran Huskic.
Jaume Ponsarnau and Joan Sastre analyze the match
The coach Taronja showed in the preview a great respect for his rival on Wednesday
“San Pablo Burgos is a team that we have to have the utmost respect for how they are playing, how they are competing, how they are living this competition. We have the utmost respect for their quality, how they play, what they want to do and what they manage to do. We are going to have to prepare very well . ”
For his part, the guard Joan Sastre stressed that “the team is fine, but now there are two very complicated games. Let’s focus on the first one we have which is against Burgos, he is playing very well, very good basketball. He beat Real Madrid, which is said soon, and we will have to play a very good game, be very focused and play well for 40 minutes, because if they can’t give us a lot of problems and we want to try to play as well as possible and get the victory ” .