U18 FC Barcelona Lassa gets first-ever ANGT crown!
U18 FC Barcelona Lassa is the ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT champion! Barcelona won its first ANGT title by downing Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 90-82 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the German capital on Sunday afternoon to become the third Spanish team to win the tournament after Joventut Badalona in 2013 and Real Madrid last year. Barcelona used a very balanced offense to down Zvezda, which lost its second consecutive ANGT Championship Game. Eric Vila led the winners with 21 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting. Sergi Martinez added 17 points, Rodions Kurucs and Maxim Esteban each scored 14, Aleix Font 13 and Pol Figueras dished 10 assists for Barcelona. Aleksa Radanov led Zvezda with 23 points, Borisa Simanic added 19, Matija Radovic 18 and Ivan Corovic 11. Vila shined early with 10 quick points, which caused Zvezda call timeout at 18-7. He got plenty of help from Martinez and Font to boost Barcelona's lead to 29-11 late in the first quarter. Corovic and Simanic helped Zvezda to return to the game, before Radovic’s third triple brought the team within 42-41. Three-pointers by Vila and Esteban put Barcelona up 50-46 at halftime. Font and Martinez stepped up after the break as Barcelona improved its defense. A jumper by Esteban gave his team a 7-point edge through three quarters and an outstanding Kurucs boosted the difference to 87-72 en route to the win and title.