ANDra a sung denouementbut no less painful for that. The Saint Paul Burgosthe revelation team of Spanish basketball for the last three seasons, consummated its descent to the LEB Oro after falling to him Urbas Fuenlabrada with a crash (66-83) on the last day of the ACB League. With disappointment on the surface, moments after the outcome the Coliseum de Burgos became a kind of Coliseum in Rome. And not because they 9,568 viewers who packed the pavilion pointed their thumbs down asking for a head. The Burgos fans, the best of the clubdid not stop applauding despite the discomfort that invaded them at the moment.
Rather it seemed so because of the staging of its president, Félix Sancho, who went down to the parquet made a basilisk and loudly forced his players to kneel and apologize to the audience. The maximum president did not use the thumb, like the Roman emperors, but he did use the index finger to, knee on the ground, demand their own to make that gesture of repentance towards his hobby.
A journey from nothing to the moon in six years
It must be hard to lose the category to a club that traveled from nothing to the moon in just six seasons. After its foundation in 2015, Burgos achieved promotion to the ACB, where it consolidated becoming League semifinalist (2019-20), double champion of the Basketball Champions League (2020 and 2021), Cup quarterfinalist and sixth in the League (2021). But the ways of its maximum president left much to be desired and can only be explained by the heat and rage of the moment.
Peter Martinezwise coach BAXI Manresareacted on the networks to this fact with his usual common sense, disapproving attitude of the president of Burgos: “You should not apologize when you lose if you have been a good professional. Even less force the decision maker to do so. Well it’s true that You shouldn’t make decisions if you don’t have a clue.”wrote.
The coach of Burgos, Paco Olmoswho left the Breogan already started the season (January 10) to embark on the Burgos project, did not wash his hands like Pilate after the failure, but almost. “Disappointment overwhelms us and it hurts a lot, especially for the fans. I take responsibility for it, but this is not the time to look at anyone. It is an accumulation of many things in a competition of ten months. An athletic touch has been missing,” she explained.
I assume the responsibility that touches, but it is not time to look at anyone
“I will never regret making the decision to come to Burgos”, he pointed. “In Breogán everything worked well but it is a project that has limits, but Burgos it is a big and solid project that has experienced all the success despite being a young team and now all the suffering has come along“.
Who did put his finger on the sore spot was Xavi Rabasedawho from his experience and seniority, did not avoid responsibilities. “We should have done our homework long beforeWe let many opportunities pass us by. I am disappointed with myself, with the team and with the work we have done“commented one of the team captains.”
There was a lack of chemistry, there was no feeling neither with the teammates nor with the coach. The changes and so much rotation has meant that the team is not a pineapple and has not found a comfortable way to play
The forward had a message for the Burgos fans: “I apologize to the fans and the people of Burgos for not being up to the task. The team has not been good all year and for the last game he didn’t deserve to win and save himself”, said the Catalan.
Rabaseda puts his finger on the sore spot
And he pointed out the source of the problem that, in his opinion, has led them to relegation: “There was a lack of chemistry, there was no feeling either with the teammates or with the coach. The changes and so much rotation has meant that the team is not a pineapple and has not found a comfortable way to play”. One last statement, this one that reverberates like a depth charge on the decisions of their ‘president-emperor’. And seeing how it handles it will be difficult for Rabaseda to continue there the next season.