Barcelona downs Joventut for first place at ANGT Valencia
U18 FC Barcelona became the first team to book its ticket for the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals when it defeated U18 Joventut Badalona 79-55 in the ANGT Valencia first-place game. Barcelona, the 2016 continental champion, took charge of the game with a 15-0 run in the third quarter. Tournament MVP Michael Caicedo led the way with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for an index rating of 37 for Barcelona. Joventut, the continental champion from 2013, was paced by Miguel Allen with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Joining Caicedo on the All-Tournament Team were Allen, Jeremy Sochan of U18 ratiopharm Ulm, Killian Malwaya from U18 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and U18 Nanterre 92’s Marc-Antoine Loemba.
The other two ANGT qualifying events are scheduled for January 22 to 24, 2021 in Munich, Germany and February 21 to 23, 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia. The first-place teams from those two tournaments will join Barcelona with a spot at the ANGT Finals, which will be played at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Cologne, Germany in May 2021.
In other placement games earlier on the final day at the ANGT Valencia, U18 ratiopharm Ulm collected third place after knocking off U18 Unicaja Malaga 69-65. Jeremy Sochan paced Ulm with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while David Fuchs and Andrija Grbovic both scored 12 points. U18 Herbalife Gran Canaria secured fifth place by beating U18 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 69-53 with Kany Tchanda collecting 19 points and 13 rebounds. And U18 Valencia Basket finished in seventh place after grabbing an 80-88 victory over U18 Nanterre 92. Ivan Aleksandrov led the way with 22 points for Valencia.