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Lorbek, durant el partit de semifinals de la temporada 2011/12. FOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Barça Regal face a big game which will demand full focus for the whole 40 minutes when they take on a team who have been amongst the most in form in Europe over the last couple of months and will be playing at home in front of their own supporters. With more than 15,000 expected at the newly refurbished Fernando Buesa Arena, Caja Laboral and Regal Barça face each other in what should be a spectacular game, with a place in the final at stake.

Caja Laboral

Caja Laboral came through their quarter final against Zaragoza clear 88-64 winners, after the visitors proved incapable of matching the Basques beyond the second quarter, with a 29-13 score in the third quarter allowing Caja Laboral the luxury of resting a number of their players in the final quarter.

Caja Laboral will be playing a record 12th successive semi-final and during that period they have won the competition outright on four occasions -2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009), although they have lost in the semis the last two times they have faced Barça – in 2011(92-73) and 2012 (66-57).Just over a fortnight ago, Barça and Caja Laboral met in the Euroleague, with Xavi Pascual’s men enjoying a 70-90 win.

Barça Regal on winning run

Despite the exertions of their 50 minute quarter final 108-11 win, Xavi Pascual’s team have had an extra day to rest up and get their strength back after what was their seventh straight win and will come into the game full of confidence. For Marcelinho Huertas, who scored 13 points and made 10 assists against Madrid: “our mental toughness has improved this month . I

Teammate Erazem Lorbek warned though that: “it’s true that we beat them a couple of weeks back, but that is another story. We will have to play very well to win because they have a very good squad with a lot of talent”.

The game starts at 19.00 and Barça will be looking to reach their fourth straight final, whilst for Caja Laboral, it’s a great chance to reach their first final in four years.

Caja Laboral's Key players

Andrés Nocioni, Fernando San Emeterio and Maciej Lampe are Caja Laboral’s key players, but in many ways their strength is in their squad players, with Nemanja Bjelica’s strong attacking displays backed up by Oleson’s replacement David Jelinek and the game management of Frenchman Heurtel, who also scored 16 points in the quarter final. Heurtal’s compatriot Causeur, who bagged 14 points with a 22point valuation, is capable of coming on court and creating danger at any moment.



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