An uphill battle toward the ACB King's Cup trophy
The ACB's 72nd King's Cup ended yesterday with DKV Joventut's 82-80 victory over TAU Cerámica, just one more close battle in an extremely hard-fought tournament.11 February 2008
MADRID - The ACB's 72nd King's Cup ended yesterday with DKV Joventut's 82-80 victory over TAU Cerámica, just one more close battle in an extremely hard-fought tournament.
To reach the finals, on Saturday, TAU Cerámica edged past Iurbentia Bilbao 68-66, despite not playing up to par, and being shut out completely in the game's opening four minutes (trailing 3-15 at one point). The home team closed the gap to within two points to end the first half, going on to win by that margin, but the victory can be largely credited to the gaping hole left by Bilbao's French giant Frédéric Weis, who fouled out with over five minutes left to play.
DVK Joventut on Saturday also faced an uphill first-half battle against Real Madrid, current ACB league leader. Real came out shooting with 28 first-quarter points, thanks to the precise triple-point aim of the US players Louis Bullock and Charles Smith, who racked up 21 and 19 points, respectively. However, Joventut later improved on its transitions, and quick hands on defence and a good run by another American, Demond Mallet, allowed it to climb back to within two points at half time.
In the end, Joventut was just a tad quicker, and eked out a victory by giving Real a dose of its own first-half medicine - three-point excellence, a formula that worked for it again in yesterday's final win.
[Copyright EL PAÍS / KELLY RAMUNDO 2008]
Subject: Spanish news