Regal Barça have once again shown why they are the best team in Europe. Barça won the Spanish Super Cup and Juan Carlos Navarro was made MVP of the competition.
This was the third time Regal FC Barcelona have won this trophy in what is proving to one of the
most remarkable periods in its history. Vitoria was the venue and Power Electronics Valencia were
the opposition, a side that put up a good fight but eventually succumbed to the Catalan might.
Pascual started with the same players he used in the semi finals, namely Sada,
Navarro, Mickeal, Morris and an inspired Boniface Ndong. But it was Navarro who most shone from the
outset, with 12 points in the first five minutes, and that was one of the main reasons for the
early 20-5 lead.
But the Valencians bounced back from this early blitz, mainly thanks to Savanovic. With the
score at 26-18, Xavi Pascual called timeout, but to little avail when Claver sent in a three tyo
get the oranges back to within five (26-21).
Pascual sent Juan Carlos Navarro back out for the second period, using Víctor Sada as his
play maker. Fran Vázquez scored early, but then over three minutes passed with no score at all. And
then up stepped Gianluca Basile.
The Italian bagged five in a row to put Regal FC Barcelona well in command again (33-21).
Ricky then led the tem as Pascual shuffled his pack, and the half ended with Barcelona +11 (40-29).
Mickeal takes over
North American Pete Mickeal took command for the next ten minutes, and immediately
scored six on the run (46-31). FCB were defending brilliantly, playing the ball around with style
and also scoring points, including a tremendous three from Terence Morris and another from Navarro
to make it +20 (57-37).
The Valencians needed some magic, and once again Savanovic was the source. But the comeback
was nothing like the one before, and Grimau and Fran Vázquez both provided responses to those from
the side coached by Manolo Hussein. The third period ended 63-47.
Win confirmed in fourth
A Regal Barça victory was a certainty by now, so it was time for the players to
enjoy themselves. They weren’t quite as overpowering as they had been against Real Madrid,
but they still played serious ball and protected themselves against any unwanted surprises.
Valencia kept their heads high until the end, and a Richardson three meant they were
‘only’ 12 points behind (69-57) with four and a half to play. But a Boniface Ndong
three soon put paid to that and the clock wore down towards the third ACB Supercup for Barça, and
the second in a row.
REGAL FCB, 83
P. E. VALÈNCIA, 63
Regal FC Barcelona (26+14+23+20): Sada (1), Navarro (22), Mickeal (17), Morris
(5), Ndong (13) –cinc inicial-, Lorbek (-), Ricky (2), Perovic (1), Lakovic (-), Basile (12),
Grimau (4), Vázquez ().
P. E. València (21+8+18+16): Cook (1), Martínez (4), Richardson (10), Claver (8),
Lischuck (11) –cinc inicial-, Simeón (-), Savanovic (16), Sundov (9), De Colo (4).
Referees: Hierrezuelo, Redondo and Jiménez.