By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

RETAbet Bilbao prevailed, 94-73, over Joventut Badalona to secure a spot in next season’s ACB. The outcome of Sunday’s contest forced Movistar Estudiantes to the second division.

Estudiantes was one of three teams participating in every single edition of Spain’s top-tier division since 1957, alongside Real Madrid and Badalona. The team was relegated in 2012 and 2016 as well, but on both occasions eventually remained after promoted teams resigned from moving up.

In a must-win situation, nine triples in the first half helped Bilbao recover from a slow start. John Jenkins registered a team-high 13 points hitting three of the 17 three-pointers. Jaylon Brown, Arnoldas Kulboka, and Ioannis Athinaiou added 11 points each in the Regular Season Round 38 contest. Vladimir Brodziansky posted a game-high 24 points for the guests.

Badalona was already locked in the seventh seed and a playoff series against FC Barcelona. Valencia will take on TD Systems Baskonia and Lenovo Tenerife will collide with Hereda San Pablo Burgos in other quarterfinal pairings.

Real Madrid, which finished the regular season with just two losses (34 wins), will face the team ranking eighth and that spot was secured by Herbalife Gran Canaria after the win over Real Betis.

The quarterfinal matchups are as follows:

(1) Real Madrid – Gran Canaria (8)
(2) Barcelona – Joventut (7)
(3) Tenerife – San Pablo Burgos (6)
(4) Valencia – Baskonia (5)

Final Standings

Pos.
Team
G
W
L
%
Dif.
1
Real Madrid 36 34 2 94,4 391
2
Barça 36 32 4 88,9 541
3
Lenovo Tenerife 36 27 9 75 287
4
Valencia Basket Club 36 24 12 66,7 190
5
TD Systems Baskonia 36 23 13 63,9 138
6
Hereda San Pablo Burgos 36 22 14 61,1 134
7
Club Joventut Badalona 36 20 16 55,6 19
8

Herbalife Gran Canaria 36 18 18 50 -73
9

MoraBanc Andorra 36 17 19 47,2 -16
10

BAXI Manresa 36 17 19 47,2 -117
11

Unicaja 36 17 19 47,2 17
12
UCAM Murcia CB 36 16 20 44,4 -27
13
Casademont Zaragoza 36 14 22 38,9 -62
14
Monbus Obradoiro 36 12 24 33,3 -127
15
Urbas Fuenlabrada 36 12 24 33,3 -99
16
Coosur Real Betis 36 11 25 30,6 -246
17
RETAbet Bilbao Basket 36 10 26 27,8 -238
18
Movistar Estudiantes 36 9 27 25 -216
19
Acunsa GBC 36 7 29 19,4 -496

 

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