After 13 years of insistent dominance of Barcelona and Real Madridwith seven Barça titles and six whites, the King’s Cup It will look another color this Sunday. The great person responsible for the interruption of this classic streak has been the Unicaja of Malagachampion back in 2005, who has eliminated from an unprecedented stroke to the two powers of Spanish basketball. On Thursday he knocked down Barça in extra timewith an outstanding Dario Brizuela. This Saturday he defeated Madrid, with Brizuela in negative numbers. Contrast was not noted. This Unicaja is a choral team, directed by the baton of a masterful Ibon Navarro. The Andalusians landed in Badalona with Yankuba Sima injured and with Augusto Lima evicted this course, without interior guarantees, but they have known how to compensate for absences with a david kravish inspired and with the courage of the team, against the most decisive pivot of the championship, Walter Tavares.
The giant killer of Malaga finished like this a historic milestone in the ACB Cupby becoming the first team to hit consecutively to Barça and Madrid. You have to go back to black and white basketball in 1953 to find a precedent in the tournament. Or to the League of 2017, when Valencia was proclaimed champion after defeating the two colossi in playoff format. Even if he didn’t win the final, this heroic Unicaja It has already entered the annals of the Spanish basket. Now it would be poetic justice to culminate the task with the title, to put the icing on the cake. But, of course, his rival on Sunday will think the same, Tenerife, who turned the host, Joventut, when I had everything against me. The canaries have never lifted this trophy, they had not even played a final under its current name. Whoever the champion is the 2023 Cup has already rescued the magic of yesteryearwhen this was the tournament of surprises, of the fans, of the essence of basketball… Pure Cup.