A disappointed Ante Tomic after losing ACB title play off / FCB

FC Barcelona ended the regular season with a 25-9 record, enough for second place behind Real Madrid. The battle with long time league leaders Unicaja for second place in the table was hard fought and was only decided in the last few weeks of the campaign. The team, despite winning their first four games of the season in the Endesa League, had problems playing away from home. Nevertheless, their first defeat of the campaign came in the Palau against Joventut (82-83).

Four defeats in a row in four away matches, against ACB-CB Sevilla, Estudiantes, Obradoira and Bilbao, caused uncertainty in the camp and it coincided with injuries to the likes of Brad Oleson and Juan Carlos Navarro. With Markus Eriksson also missing due to a long term injury, the Club decided to bring in the Frenchman Edwin Jackson.

A play off with a bit of everything

Once the regular season was over in the ACB Championship, Barça came up against FIATC Joventut in the quarter-finals. The two teams had not met for seven seasons in the play offs but the team from Badalona could not repeat their regular season form and the blaugranes went comfortably through thanks to 77-55 and 80-74 wins.

In the semi-finals they were up against Unicaja from Málaga. Barça won the first two games of the play-off, producing some of their best basketball of the season. However, things became complicated when the Andalusians won both matches in Málaga to level the tie. The fifth and deciding game will be remembered for Juan Carlos Navarro’s tremendous three-pointer that gave Barça victory with just 19 seconds remaining.

Madrid four seasons in a row

In the final the blaugranes came up against Real Madrid for the fourth consecutive season. The team who had finished first in the regular season saw off Valencia Basket in the semi-finals and were strong favourites after previous victories in the Copa del Rey and the Euroleague. Madrid claimed the first two games at home meaning they just needed one more win for the title. Despite an excellent third quarter from Xavi Pascual’s side in which they scored 33 points, Pablo Laso’s team took the win by 90-85, reclaiming the title that they had lost to FC Barcelona the previous season.