After experiencing a rare trophy drought last season, Barcelona leaned on their newcomers to win the 2015 SuperCopa Endesa vs. Unicaja Málaga.
Pau Ribas (15), Stratos Perperoglou (13) and Carlos Arroyo (10) paced Barca offensively as they beat Unicaja 80-62 to claim the first ACB title of the 2015-16 season.
Pau Ribas was named tournament MVP.
Unicaja started strong thanks to seven 1st-quarter points from Mindaugas Kuzminskas. But Barcelona went on a 13-1 run after Kuzminskas checked out, taking a 7-point lead into the second quarter.
Unicaja kept it close throughout the second, and Will Thomas hit a three to cut Barca’s lead to 45-42 in the third. But Perperoglou responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession and Barcelona never looked back.
They closed the quarter on a 12-1 run and officially put the game out of reach at the beginning of the fourth.
Carlos Arroyo made a three on Barca’s first possession of the final period, Shane Lawal swatted Carlos Suárez on the other end, and Alex Abrines finished the sequence with a two-hand dunk to effectively seal the victory.
— Liga Endesa (@ACBCOM) October 3, 2015
After a strong performance in the semifinals, Unicaja received little from Nemanja Nedovic on Saturday. The Serbian combo guard scored just four points, all of them coming with the game well out of reach.
Kuzminskas led Unicaja with 12 points. He was the only member of the team to score in double-figures.
The two teams will meet again in Week 10 of the ACB regular season (Dec. 13).
Barcelona opens the ACB regular season Sunday, Oct. 11 against CAI Zargoza. Unicaja travels to face UCAM Murcia on the same day.