FC Barcelona beat Lenovo Tenerife in a very low-scoring and close game on Sunday (67-65), a win which puts Barca on the top of the ACB League standings, tied with three other teams (Real Madrid, Lenovo Tenerife and Herbalife Gran Canaria). Even without some important players that are injured as Nikola Mirotic, Kyle Kuric and Sergi Martinez, Barca showed that they can reach the no.1 spot in Liga ACB.
The win against Lenovo Tenerife was also important because the Blaugrana club reached another huge milestone, becoming the first team in the ACB League history to reach 1000 regular season wins. The reigning champions, Real Madrid (currently has 996 wins) will follow them in the near future, while Cazoo Baskonia (834), Joventut Badalona (739), Unicaja Malaga (709), Valencia Basket (670), Estudiantes Madrid (643) or Herbalife Gran Canaria (519) still have a few years to go to reach this magical number.
Barca also has the most championships won since the ACBLeague was founded in 1983, as the Blaugrana squad won 16 titles in these 39 years. The eternal rivals and the current ACB champions Real Madrid follow them with 14, and only five teams other than Barca or Real managed to win the league in the entire history: Baskonia has 4 titles, Joventut Badalona 2, Unicaja Malaga, Valencia Basket and Baxi Manresa 1 title each.
But let’s not forget that Barca leads the all-time standings of the Spanish League in other two important categories: in games played and total wins too (including here the regular season plus playoffs).
Aito Garcia Reneses is by far the most successful coach in ACB League history if we look at the number of titles. The current Girona Basquet coach led FC Barcelona to 9 ACB League titles, while Xavi Pascual (4), Svetislav Pesic (2) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (1) are the only other coaches who won the competition with the Blaugrana club.
Written by Imre Halasz
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