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 Finals, Game 3: June 3, 2008

Jun 03, 2008 by Euroleague.net Print
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!

Igor Rakocevic - Tau Ceramica (Photo: ACB Media)Barcelona tried to surprise Tau with a tall starting lineup featuring Ilyasova at small forward. Three-pointers by Teletovic and Rakocevic gave Tau a 6-2 lead. Barcelona as many as 12 consecutive shots and even when coach Xavi Pascual had already asked for a much-needed timeout, free throws by Splitter and Mickeal extended the hosts' lead to 11-2. Mario Kasun and Fran Vazquez tried to change things for Barcelona while a three-pointer by Denis Marconato brought the guests within 15-9 after 10 minutes. Pepe Sanchez banked in a jumper to get Barcelona even closer, 16-13. Mickeal and Planinic stepped up for Tau, as Barcelona switched to a 2-3 zone defense. Barcelona found a go-to guy in Vazquez while a corner triple by Gianluca Basile tied the game, 26-26, after 17 minutes. Will McDonald scored inside while Teletovic struck from downtown for a 31-26 Tau halftime edge. The hosts improved their defense after the break while Teletovic and Splitter made it a seven-point game, 36-29. Mickeal kept pacing Tau but Sanchez singlehandedly brought Barcelona back to life, 43-39. Rakocevic had 5 points in a 7-0 run that gave Tau its first double-digit lead, 50-39. Singleton and Mickeal dunked it to set the crowd on fire, 58-48, at the end of the third quarter. Fast break baskets by Planinic and McDonald broke the game open, 62-48, early in the fourth quarter. Barcelona never recovered, as all Tau fans at Buesa Arena had time to celebrate a new Spanish League title long before the final buzzer.


Finals Playoffs, best of 5 games
RecordTeamGame 1Game 2Game 3Game 4Game 5
0AXA FC Barcelona (3)647461 x x
3Tau Ceramica (4)757876xx
Spanish League Champion 2007-08: Tau Ceramica Vitoria

Finals games
Game 1AXA FC Barcelona vs. Tau Ceramica64-75May 29
Game 2AXA FC Barcelona vs. Tau Ceramica74-78May 31
Game 3 Tau Ceramica vs. AXA FC Barcelona76-61June 3