Endesa League Semifinals
CB Miraflores, which has been in the province for five years, is looking for the ACB final against Bara this Sunday. “We didn’t even have balls and now I sit next to Florentino,” explains Flix Sancho, its young president.
San Pablo Burgos.A comeback for history
These days Burgos ran out of San Pedro festivals, but there is no lack of reasons to celebrate. The pride of the city is its basketball team, which stars in one of the sporting exploits of the year. “For the news that reaches me,Today more than 500 fans will downloadto Valencia, so that the players notice their presence. Under normal circumstances, we will not fit in La Fonteta, “announces Flix Sancho, the young president of the ‘miracle’, the guy who did not even five years ago, from night to morning, set up a group that this Sunday (17.00 h., #Vamos) dispute against the almighty and favorite Barcelona the first semifinals of the ACB in its history.
To understand San Pablo Burgos, you have to go back to CB Tizona, which continues to exist today (next season to return to LEB Oro, the second category of national basketball), but which in 2015, afterthe third consecutive frustrated promotion to the ACBBecause of the ‘impossible’ economic canon, he decided to “step aside.” So, Sancho, owner of the real estate agency San Pablo, along with a group of local businessmen, decided to catch that wave of fury for the baskets of a city that in the mid-1990s was orphaned by elite football, after the fall to hell from the mythical Burgos de El Planto. “Pepe Sez granted us a place of grace at LEB Oro and in 12 days, in August, we assembled a team out of nowhere. We had no balls to train and now I sit next to Florentino Prez in the box. We had to carry ourselves the water to the players to training and now I see myself in Switzerland at a meeting of the European FIBA competitions. It has been frenzy, “explains the president, the process of how a club that competes at the provincial level, CB Miraflores, arrived to fight to be the new TDK.
After promotion in 2017, the first two seasons in the Endesa League were already to feel pride. Not only because of the results of the team led by a man of the house,Diego Epifanio (14 and 11), especially for the rennet of a massive feeling for the team and social phenomenon in the Castilian city. La Furia, a hobby that fills the Colosseum (almost 10,000 spectators on average) afternoon after afternoon or that travels en masse to leave the same WiZink speechless with its spirits.
Out of ambition and humility, Sancho made a painful decision last summer, but key for today’s successes. He changed the esteemed Epiphanius, “an uncle of the house”, and went for the fashion technician. And withJoan Pearroya on the benchand signings that leave their mark -we can boast that the players do not want to leave here-, debut in a big way in Europe (it is classified for the Final to 8 of the FIBA Champions, to be resolved in October), grazed the ticket for the Copa del Rey (he was eighth before the cut) and, after the break due to the coronavirus, which has been reduced by the absence of his American star, the former NBA Earl Clark and the injury of Alex Barrera (they had previously lost Tokoto, Stevic or Huskic) have starred in a feat to control the grandchildren.
After going back to Andorra and that Valencia did not fail against Gran Canaria – eliminating in passing Real Madrid whom the Burgos had surprised on the second day -, the euphoria was unleashed on Friday at the hotel in which the players have been concentrated since last day 10. “They are very tired, we have a very short rotation.Only Mirotic’s salary is all our budget. If we can get hooked to the party … “, reflects the president, who has just hung Pearroya on the phone.” I have said to him: ‘As you win, you change the bench as well’. We are not going to sell it cheap “, he jokes about the boom of his coach, who has known how to squeeze and convince a squad that he reinforced with Pablo Aguilar just before the tournament to fight for each of the matches in Valencia and that this Sunday he dreams of the glory at the Fonteta: “This only happens once every so often.”