After the last match of the regular season, Barça Regal was paired up with Lucentum Alicante in the quarter-finals of the ACB play-offs. The Azulgranas secured the top spot of the table in the regular season and the Alicante side finished eighth, after beating Fuenlabrada 66-55 in the last match of the regular season.

The Barça-Lucentum best-of-three play-off will start on the 17th or 18th of May. The second match will be played on the 19th or 20th and the third, if necessary, will be on the 21st or 22nd. The team led by Xavi Pascual have won home-court advantage for the the entire post-season. The team that goes on to the semi-final will face off against the winner of the Valencia-Lagun Aro series.

Three matches this season

Barça Regal and Lucentum Alicante have played against each other three times this season, Barça have won all three matches. In the Liga ACB, the final results were 65-49 at the Palau, and 57-83 at the Centro de Tecnificación de Alicante. Furthermore, both teams faced off in the quarter-finals of the Cup - Barça won by 21 points (75-54).

Despite these results, Lucentum are considered to be one of the surprise teams of the 2011/12 season. The team’s delicate economic situation hasn’t been evident in the team’s consistently good performances this season. Furthermore, Llompart and Ivanov have earned the highest overall evaluations in the regular season.

Víctor Sada’s take on Luncentum

“Luncentum are a team that we know well. We’ve played against them in the League and in the King’s Cup. We won three times but I think this time around it will be a little different. The play-offs have nothing to do with the regular season and they have a special opportunity. They've had a great season and I’m sure they won’t want it to end. I’m convinced that their fans will be with them and it will be a challenge for us. Our intention is to defend our title - we’re going to give it everything we have.”

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