The Santiago del Estero team beat the Brazilians 92-86 in the final of the Americas Champions League in Uruguay.
It sounds We are the champions, as hackneyed as necessary. Queen sounds, how could it be otherwise; “queen”, whose meaning is “queen” and is written with Q de Quimsa, whose meaning, at this time, is “king”. King of the Champions League Americas, the FIBA continental tournament that, after a long road and a pandemic that delayed the definition, found him as its first champion. Those from Santiago del Estero beat Flamengo from Brazil 92-86 and took the title.
The very modern Antel Arena in Montevideo (Uruguay), the most advanced closed stadium on the continent, was the scene in which Quimsa reached the highest point in its history by closing the championship that replaced the old Liga de las Américas and whose semifinals and final they were delayed seven months.
He did so after a match worthy of an instance like this, which was not lacking in emotion: there were 12 changes of leadership during the match, which the Argentines had started dominating until they escaped by 12 points in the opening quarter (23-11).
The powerful Flamengo, under the command of also Argentine Franco Balbi, did not give up in this unique final due to the pandemic (in principle, this new format of the competition established a series for the best of three games).
Those led by Sebastián González from Córdoba, however, again made a difference in the second quarter and in the first seconds of the third quarter they even got an 11 advantage (54-43), but those 10 minutes showed the best side of Flamengo, who came back with a partial of +16 to enter the last quarter five up (68-63).
Everything that the Argentine team capitalized near the paint and when it was betting on the rotation (its bank surpassed that of the Brazilians 45-21) it squandered with the losses and the easy points that it gave to those of Rio de Janeiro after giving the ball.
However, with a lot of attitude, as he had shown by turning the semifinal to San Lorenzo at the Obras stadium and by beating him in supplementary, Quimsa again took over the game with five and a half minutes remaining and was smart to manage and take care of the small advantage by strengthening your defense in the decisive moments.
The santiagueños relied on the superb performance of American Brandon Robinson, a globetrotter who had very good steps through Canada, Germany and Chile and who immediately this season emerged as one of the figures of the National League, averaging almost 20 points per night .
The North American – who even went to play in Mexico while the stoppage lasted in South America – completed a score of 26 points (9-15 in shots from the court), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 caps and 1 steal, which earned him win the MVP award of the final and a very special compliment from coach González on Maradona’s birthday.
“We tell him The Diego; He knows that he has a lot of scoring power, that he can make decisions and has freedoms; and we know what it can give us, “said the coach.
Other high points in The fusion they were Diamon Simpson (17 points, with 8-9 shots from the court and 6 rebounds) and Nicolás Copello (11 points, 6 sacks on the board and 3 assists).
In Flamengo, Balbi accumulated 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and had the best rating of his team (20) but it was not enough to twist the fate of the match.
Founded just 31 years ago from the merger of three clubs (hence its name, given that in the Quichua language “kimsa” means “three”), this is the most important title of an institution that in the last decade -and the last five years in particular – he got used to fighting well up high.
The santiagueños add this Champions League to the showcase where the trophies of the National Basketball League (2015), the South American League (2009), the Super 8 (2014), the Super 20 (2018) and the Argentine Cup (2009) already rested. ).