A basket by Thomasson takes BAXI Manresa to the Final Four in Bilbao
A basket by Thomasson takes BAXI Manresa to the Final Four in Bilbao
A basket by Thomasson takes BAXI Manresa to the Final Four in Bilbao

A basket by Thomasson takes BAXI Manresa to the Final Four in Bilbao

The Bages team defeat Unicaja for the second time, this time in a final not suitable for the heart, and will fight for the title of the Basketball Champions League from 6 to 8 May.

Tuesday 12 of April of 2022 at 23:16

89 Unicaja I Díaz 5, Brizuela 7, Barreiro 21, Abromaitis 7 and Guerrero 4; Fernandez 9, Kravic 8, Alonso, Mooney 12, Suarez 3 and Bouteille 13

91 BAXI Manresa I Dani Pérez 8, Thomasson 14, Vaulet, Moneke 24 and Bako 8; Francisco 17, Steinbergs 2, Rafa Martínez 3, Valtonen 3, Maye 8 and Sima 4

Partials: 23-22, 19-28, 23-19, 24-22

BAXI Manresa continues to make history this season. After qualifying for the Copa del Rey de Granada and the victories on the courts of Barça and Madrid, the Bages team obtained the ticket for a new final phase, the Basketball Champions League, which will take place in Bilbao from 6 to May 8. They did so by defeating Unicaja for the second time (89-91), this time after a final brush decided by a Thomasson basket at the last second.

Pedro Martínez's players once again made a good start and started leading the scoreboard with a clear idea of ​​the game. However, the home team increased their defensive aggressiveness and turned the score around thanks to a basket by Kravic (23-22).

In the second quarter, some successful Bages team was superior and, led by Moneke, opened an eight-point gap in the middle of the match (42-50).

Returning from the locker room, Ibon Navarro's men took a step forward and didn't let the visitors spoil the game and the tie. At the end of the third quarter, the Manresa team enjoyed four points of lead (65-69). Therefore, everything to decide in the last ten minutes.

In these, the Malaga players were willing to force the third match at Congost and took an eight point lead thanks to a 14-0 run. However, the Bages team was not nervous and managed to reach an even finish in which the three-pointers by Maye and Francisco and, above all, the basket by Thomasson, made the BAXI Manresa fans explode with joy.

The team will not have much time for celebrations, the calendar does not give breaks. And it is that on Thursday from 18:00 the Pedro Martínez men visit the complicated court of Río Breogán.