In the second (8:30pm UK) of Saturday’s two 2022 ACB Supercopa de España semifinals in Sevilla, reigning FC Barcelona take on 2021-22 EuroCup semifinalists and Catalan rivals Joventut Badalona, with the winner to take on the winner of Coosur Real Betis-Real Madrid in Sunday’s final.
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The Supercopa de España de Baloncesto has had an eventful history. The competition was initially created in 1984 (as the Federation Cup) by the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB; the Spanish top tier), as a single contest in which the reigning league winner faced the cup winner in a one-game final. The first four editions of the competition (1984–87) were held in the middle of the regular season. The 1988–89 edition was cancelled due to a lack of interest, after which, ahead of the 1989-90 season, the competition was officially cancelled. After an absence of more than a decade-an-a-half, the ACB revived the tournament in 2004, as the Supercopa ACB (known since 2011 as the Supercopa Endesa), a Final Four-style involving:
- The league winner from the previous season
- The cup winner from the previous season
- A host team
- The defending Supercopa champion
- In case of vacancies, the Spanish club outside of these three that fared best in European competitions the previous season.
Taking part in this year’s edition of the competition are:
- Real Betis, the host team
- FC Barcelona, five-time winners of the competition, who won both the Liga ACB title and the Copa del Rey in 2021-22
- Real Madrid, the reigning Supercopa de España champions, who recorded a record seventh victory in September 2021
- 2022 EuroCup semifinalists Joventut Badalona
The first of the two semifinals at the Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo in Sevilla pits ‘domestic double’ (Copa del Rey and league regular season) winners FC Barcelona, against their Catalan neighbors – and 2021-22 EuroCup semifinalists – Joventut Badalona.
If it’s possible to feel lukewarm about a season in which you posted the best record in each of the top two competitions in which you took part, the 2022-23 iteration of FC Barcelona has that feeling. On the heels of a five-point defeat to arch rivals Real Madrid in last season’s Supercopa de España final in Tenerife, Barça raced out to early regular season leads in both Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. By early March, however, their form was faltering on both fronts. Domestically, after a late charge from Real Madrid, Barça retained the top seed for the Liga ACB playoffs, where they advanced to the finals. However, they were unable to repeat as playoff champions, as they were outplayed by Real Madrid, who cruised to a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five series.
In Europe, where they also qualified for the playoffs as the top seed, Barça immediately scuffled, needing the full five games to eliminate a Bayern Munich side that qualified for the playoffs is the lowest seeded only after the expulsion of three Russian sides, before falling in the semifinals to, you guessed it, Real Madrid. For those seeking a silver lining to this tale, three months prior, the Blaugrana did beat Madrid by five points in the Copa del Rey final.
Though they’re welcoming some new faces to the side (and, for now, missing one significant one), Barcelona remains, along with Madrid, a top-two side in Spain. Head coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius has a talented and well-rounded team at his disposal.
The point guard spot is anchored by newly-acquired NBA veteran Tomáš Satoranský, with veteran Argentine Nico Laprovíttola backing him up. The shooting guard spot, as it has for the past two seasons, will belong to Cory Higgins, with veteran sharpshooter Kyle Kuric coming off of the bench. Meanwhile, up front the small forward spot will be anchored by the dynamic duo of Alex Abrines and another newcomer, 2022 Adriatic League MVP Nikola Kalinić, while another newcomer, AMerican-born Mike Tobey will start at the power forward spot, with talented 25-year-old Brazilian-German power forward Oscar da Silva behind him. And, in the middle, the team welcomes back veteran Turkish center Sertaç Şanlı, who’ll likely serve as the backup to former NBA lottery pick Jan Veselý.
Conspicuously absent from this rundown is Barça’s start of stars, EuroLeague MVP Nikola Mirotić, who is currently recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. The injury was announced on July 22, though it’s been reported that Mirotić played with discomfort in the Achilles throughout the latter part of last season. An exact timetable for his has not been confirmed, though he has said that his recovery is progressing, and the club recently refuted a report that the injury would keep him out for six months.
Joventut, meanwhile, the fourth-place finishers in Liga ACB in ’21-’22 and, again, EuroCup semifinalsists, boast some quality of their own. They’re led in the backcourt by former NCAA champion and All-American (with the University of Virginia) and second round NBA draft pick Kyle Guy, who’s just moved to Europe from the Cleveland Charge of the NBAs developmental G-League, and Barcelona-born veteran point guard Guillem Vives. Offering depth behind them are 25-year-old Dominican shooting guard (who also played college basketball United States, with Illinois) Andrés Feliz, and Catalan basketball mainstay Pau Ribas. The small forward spot will feature Joel Parra and Pep Busquets, with former first round NBA draft pick (in 2016) Henry Ellenson, alongside one of the Liga ACB’s best big men of the past decade and a half, now-35-year-old Croatian Ante Tomić leading the front line.