Ciutat de L’Hospitalet finals: Joventut edged Barcelona for ticket to Belgrade
U18 Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona defeated U18 FC Barcelona Lassa 77-74 in the championship game of the Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Ciutat de L’Hospitalet final on Sunday. Joventut completed an unbeaten weekend run to clinch the first berth at the Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT in Belgrade, Serbia, which will be held in conjunction with the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in May. Luka Samanic of Barcelona was named tournament MVP after posting 23.3 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during the event. He was joined by Theo Maledon of U18 ASVEL Villeurbanne, Biram Faye of U18 Herbalife Gran Canaria, Morgan Stilma of U18 Unicaja Malaga and Joel Parra of Joventut on the all-tournament team.
Joventut came back from 9 down in the fourth quarter to beat Barcelona, which was victorious in the same final one year ago. Arnau Parrado paced the winners with 23 points and Manel Signes posted a double-double. The win gave Joventut its second ANGT L’Hospitalet crown since the tournament became a Finals qualifying tournament in 2007-08. Joventut will play at its first ANGT Finals since 2014. Barcelona was paced by Luka Samanic with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.
Earlier, ASVEL took third place by beating Gran Canaria 81-90 behind another big game from Maledon, who tallied in 35 points, 11 assists and 3 steals for an index rating of 43. In the fifth-place game, Morgan Stilma of Unicaja narrowly missed breaking the competition’s all-time single-game scoring record in his team’s 86-99 victory over U18 Virtus Bologna. Stilma collected 42 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 52. The scoring record belongs to Dragan Bender, who scored 43 for U18 Maccabi Tel Aviv against Virtus Bologna on December 29, 2014. And host U18 Torrons Vicens L’Hospitalet came back from a 14-point deficit to grab seventh place by beating U18 Promitheas Patras 92-85 for its first victory of the tournament. Adrian Rodriguez collected 21 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for L’Hospitalet.