FIBA - International Basketball Federation

01/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2020 12:40

A cross of candidates

Day: 14/1. Local time: 19.30. TV: DAZN - DirecTV.

Referees: Luis Roberto Vázquez Ocasio (Puerto Rico), Carlos Andrés Peralta Ortega (Ecuador) and Gonzalo Salgueiro Martí (Uruguay).

Stadium: Pedrocao Gymnasium, San Pablo, Brazil.

Certainly one of the best series of quarterfinals is coming. Franca and San Lorenzo will define hand in hand a ticket to the semifinals of the Basketball Champions League Americas. The key will begin tonight in San Pablo and will end in Buenos Aires.

The Brazilian team was second in Group B, behind Quimsa, with two wins and two losses. On the side of San Lorenzo, Group A won, with four wins, undefeated.

Franca arrives at an ideal moment because it comes from winning the Super 8 of the Brazilian league, 77-73 in the final at Flamengo. This tournament gave the ticket to the next BCLA, that of the 2020/21 season. In addition, those directed by Helio Rubens they were second in the regular phase of the Brazilian league, so they will play playoffs. The team has three very important goal cards such as David Jackson, Rafael Hettsheimeir and Lucas Dias.

San Lorenzo changed coach with the arrival of Néstor García and the departure of Facundo Müller, and he made very important commitments. The 'Cyclone' maintained its squad, started the year with two victories in the National League, is qualified for the Final Four of the Super 20 and will play the International Cup in February (in the semifinals he faces the Virtus Bologna of Italy). Its main are Dar Tucker and the historical Nicolás Aguirre and Marcos Mata, in addition of a good replacement of young people.

The series will begin tonight and will continue in Buenos Aires on Saturday 18th and, if a third game is necessary, on Monday 20th, also at the Roberto Pando.