The Playoff picture in the Liga Endesa is now complete after the final round of matches were played out over this weekend.
Real Madrid’s first placed position was always guaranteed and they finished the regular season with an 86-83 win away at Unicaja Malaga, who finish in fourth place.
Unicaja had a chance to send the game into overtime with five seconds remaining but a woeful three-point attempt fell way short allowing Real Madrid to tip the ball after a a failed tip-in attempt.
Sergio Llull led Madrid with 19 points. Ryan Toolson leading all scorers in vain for Malaga with 24.
Valencia finished second despite losing 78-73 to Joventut Badalona, who finish just outside the Playoff places in ninth.
Barcelona solidified third with a comfortable 88-70 win at home to Cajasol Seville who advanced to the post-season regardless as they end in seventh.
Alex Abrines exploded for 29 points as a strong first ten minutes proved enough for the Catalan giants.
Gran Canaria proved too much for relegated Valladolid by winning 92-64 and bringing to an end Valladolid’s season as they complete the Liga Endesa season 3-32; the worst overall record in ACB history.
For Gran Canaria though, they march to the Playoffs having finished in fifth place, their best season ever.
Laboral Kutxa ended the season in sixth with an easy 95-77 success over Fuenlabrada, thanks to 20 points from Andres Nocioni.
Zaragoza took the last Playoff place, despite losing their last game of the season 90-82 away to Murcia. Scott Wood led the winners with 17 points as Murcia ended their season on a high.
In the other games that didn’t effect the post-season picture, Gipuzkoa defeated Estudiantes 79-71; Rio Monbus scored a 94-92 win away at Bilbao, who finish a miserable season at 12-22. And Tenerife won 75-71 away at Bruixa d’Or.
Pablo Laso wins Coach of the Year
Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso was an easy choice for Liga Endesa’s Coach of the Year, he officially won the award just before the last week of regular season games were played.
He led Real to a 32-2 season domestically and led his side to the Euroleague Final, where they lost out to Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.
Real Madrid vs Zaragoza
Valencia vs Cajasol Seville
Barcelona vs Laboral Kutxa
Unicaja Malaga vs Gran Canaria