ACB - Spain

Spanish League Finals, Game 3: June 3, 2008
Tau Ceramica, ACB league champion 2007-08 (Photo: ACB.com) Tau Ceramica is the Spanish League champion! Tau Ceramica won its second Spanish League title - its first since 2002 - by sweeping the best-of-five final playoff series against AXA FC Barcelona. Tau downed Barcelona 76-61 in front of almost 10,000 fans at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria in Game 3 on Tuesday, rounding one of the best seasons in club history with two titles - Spanish League and Spanish Supercup - and appearances in the Spanish King's Cup final and the Euroleague Final Four. Igor Rakocevic paced the winners with 16 points. Pete Mickeal added 14 and was chosen as the Spanish League finals MVP. Mirza Teletovic had 12 while Tiago Splitter got 11 for Tau. Fran Vazquez had 12 points for Barcelona, Pepe Sanchez added 11 while Mario Kasun got 10 for the guests. Barcelona stayed in the game for 25 minutes, as Sanchez brought the guests within 43-39. Rakocevic and Mickeal stepped up to make Tau boost its margin to 67-50 and seal the outcome long the final buzzer, allowing its fans to celebrate that their team is the new Spanish champion! MORE

Finals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
0 AXA FC Barcelona (3) 64 74 61 x x
3 Tau Ceramica (4) 75 78 76 x x
Spanish League Champion 2007-08: Tau Ceramica Vitoria

Semifinals Playoffs, best of 3 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
2 Tau Ceramica (4) 81 83 x
0 Unicaja (8) 68 82 x
0 DKV Joventut (2) 90 71 x
2 AXA FC Barcelona (3) 93 85 x

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 3 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
0 Real Madrid (1) 73 86 x
2 Unicaja (8) 89 88 x
2 Tau Ceramica(4) 87 95 82
1 Pamesa Valencia (5) 79 100 61
2 DKV Joventut (2) 85 83 86
1 Akasvayu Girona (7) 72 91 75
2 AXA FC Barcelona (3) 75 83 x
0 iurbentia Bilbao (6) 64 92 x

Finals games
Game 1 AXA FC Barcelona vs. Tau Ceramica 64-75 May 29
Game 2 AXA FC Barcelona vs. Tau Ceramica 74-78 May 31
Game 3 Tau Ceramica vs. AXA FC Barcelona 76-61 June 3

Semifinals games
Game 1 DKV Joventut vs. AXA FC Barcelona 90-93 May 22
Game 1 Tau Ceramica vs. Unicaja 81-68 May 23
Game 2 AXA FC Barcelona vs. DKV Joventut 85-71 May 24
Game 2 Unicaja vs. Tau Ceramica 82-83 May 25

Quarterfinals games
Game 1 Real Madrid vs. Unicaja 73-89 May 15
Game 1 DKV Joventut vs. Akasvayu Girona 85-72 May 16
Game 1 AXA FC Barcelona vs. iurbentia Bilbao 75-64 May 16
Game 1 Tau Ceramica vs. Pamesa Valencia 87-79 May 16
Game 2 Unicaja vs. Real Madrid 88-86 May 17
Game 2 Akasvayu Girona vs. DKV Joventut 91-83 May 18
Game 2 iurbentia Bilbao vs. AXA FC Barcelona 83-92 May 18
Game 2 Pamesa Valencia vs. Tau Ceramica 100-95 May 18
Game 3 DKV Joventut vs. Akasvayu Girona 86-75 May 20
Game 3 Tau Ceramica vs. Pamesa Valencia 82-61 May 20

LAST GAME GAME 34
May 9, 2008
Day Match Result
May 9 Unicaja vs. Ricoh Manresa 86-90
May 9 Pamesa vs. DKV Joventut 85-76
May 9 Akasvayu vs. Fuenlabrada 85-69
May 9 León vs. MMT Estudiantes 71-96
May 9 Bilbao vs. AXA FCBarcelona 90-84
May 9 CB Murcia vs. Valladolid 95-89
May 9 ViveMenorca vs. Kalise GC 103-105
May 9 Real Madrid vs. Cajasol 89-81
May 9 Granada vs. TAU Cerámica 89-87

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Quarterfinal PlayOffs 

Match

R. Madrid (1) vs. Unicaja (8)

DKV Joventut(2) vs. Akasvayu(7)

AXA FCB (3) vs. Bilbao (6)

Tau Ceramica (4) vs. Pamesa (5)

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STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Real Madrid 34 29 5 2862 2572
2 DKV Joventut 34 25 9 2980 2650
3 AXA F.C. Barcelona 34 24 10 2617 2524
4 TAU Cerámica 34 22 12 2867 2604
5 Pamesa Valencia 34 22 12 2706 2520
6 iurbentia Bilbao Basket 34 21 13 2597 2507
7 Akasvayu Girona 34 21 13 2726 2685
8 Unicaja 34 17 17 2721 2648
9 Kalise Gran Canaria 34 16 18 2682 2689
10 Cajasol 34 14 20 2701 2764
11 Ricoh Manresa 34 14 20 2715 2817
12 Polaris World CB Murcia 34 13 21 2491 2634
13 Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada 34 13 21 2542 2671
14 MMT Estudiantes 34 12 22 2561 2694
15 C.B. Granada 34 12 22 2629 2761
16 ViveMenorca 34 12 22 2567 2755
17 Grupo Capitol Valladolid 34 11 23 2685 2887
18 Grupo Begar León 34 8 26 2571 2838

Spanish League Semifinals, Game 2: May 24-25, 2008

May 24, 2008 by Euroleague.net Print
Ersan Ilyasova - AXA FC Barcelona AXA FC Barcelona and Tau Ceramica advanced to the Spanish League finals. Barcelona earned a spot in the 2008-09 Euroleague by sweeping its best-of-three semifinal series against archrivals DKV Joventut. Despite its loss, Joventut will also play the 2008-09 Euroleague as the reigning ULEB Cup champion. On Saturday, Barcelona beat Joventut 85-71 in Game 2 at Palau Blaugrana. Alex Acker led the winners with 20 points on 8-for-8 free throws. Jaka Lakovic added 17, Ersan Ilyasova posted a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds while Fran Vazquez got 12 points for Barcelona. Edu Hernandez-Sonseca had 13 points for Joventut, Jerome Moiso added 11 and 5 blocks while Pau Ribas and Demond Mallet each got 10 points for Joventut, whose star guard Rudy Fernandez was limited to just 9 points due to a shoulder injury and outstanding defense by Gianluca Basile. Meanwhile, Tau edged Unicaja 82-83 in Malaga on Sunday. Pete Mickeal won it for Tau by hitting the game-winning layup with 2.6 seconds remaining. Igor Rakocevic paced the winners with 21 points. Mickeal added 14 while Tiago Splitter had 12 for Tau. Boni Ndong had 18 points for Unicaja, Marcus Haislip added 16 and Berni Rodriguez 13. Barcelona hosts Tau in Game 1 of the best-of-five finals on Thursday, May 29.

Joventut went scoreless in the opening 6 minutes, missing 9 consecutive shots against the hosts' strong man-to-man defense. Meanwhile, a three-pointer by Basile ignited a 15-0 run in which Acker and Lakovic combined for 9 points. Moiso got Joventut going with a three-point play but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Acker and Mario Kasun allowed Barcelona to get a 22-6 lead after 10 minutes. Three-pointers by Ribas, Demond Mallet and Lubos Barton brought Joventut back to life, while free throws by Ricky Rubio and Fernandez got the guests within 35-28. Fernandez left the court with a shoulder injury but a three-pointer by Hernandez-Sonseca brought Joventut even closer, 40-38. Acker and Ilyasova allowed Barcelona to keep a 45-40 lead at halftime. Joventut stayed in the game throughout the third quarter through Moiso and Noel to cut its deficit to 57-56. A 7-0 run that Basile capped with a triple allowed Barcelona to get a 63-59 edge after 30 minutes. Vazquez shined early in the fourth quarter while Ilyasova struck from downtown for a 73-66 Barcelona lead with 6 minutes to go. Ilyasova kept dominating the boards, however, while a driving layup by Lakovic made it a double-digit game, 80-70, with 3 minutes to go. Joventut did not recover and all Barcelona fans celebrated its return to the Spanish League finals and the fact that their team will be back in the Euroleague!

In Malaga, Carlos Cabezas and Ndong gave Unicaja a 7-4 lead early in the game. Rakocevic stepped up for Tau, as he followed a jumper with a running triple to put Tau ahead, 12-16. Haislip, Daniel Santigo and a final basket by Jiri Welsch brought Unicaja within 22-24 at the end of the first quarter. Haislip followed a bomb from downtown while a wild dunk-and-foul to put Unicaja back ahead, 32-29. Back-to-back three-pointers by Zoran Planinic and Simas Jasaitis silenced the crowd, 34-38. Haislip kept pacing Unicaja while Ndong made it a two-point game, 44-46, at halftime. An outstanding Rakocevic shined after the break to boost the guests' lead to 52-58 midway through the third quarter. Ndong led a 12-2 run that gave Unicaja a four-point lead, 64-60, after 30 minutes. Mickeal took over early in the fourth period while a three-pointer by Sergi Vidal gave tau a 73-76 edge. with over 3 minutes remaining. Carlos Jimenez, Rodriguez and Ndong fueled a 7-0 run that seemed to seal the outcome, 80-76, with 25 seconds to go. Rakocevic scored in transition but Rodriguez made free throws for a 82-78 Unicaja margin. Prigioni buried a seven-meter bomb and immediately fouled on Davor Kus with 7 seconds to go. Kus, a 93% free throw shooter, missed twice from the foul line. Mickeal raced downcourt and scored in the other end. Unicaja had time for a final shot but Planinic had a block on Cabezas' nine-meter shot that allowed Tau to reach the title series!


Semifinal Playoffs, best of 3 games
RecordTeamGame 1Game 2Game 3
2Tau Ceramica (4)8183x
0Unicaja (8)6882x
0DKV Joventut (2)9071x
2AXA FC Barcelona (3)9385x

Semifinal games
Game 1DKV Joventut vs. AXA FC Barcelona 90-93May 22
Game 1Tau Ceramica vs. Unicaja81-68May 23
Game 2AXA FC Barcelona vs. DKV Joventut85-71May 24
Game 2Unicaja vs. Tau Ceramica82-83May 25