Gran Canaria and FCBasket will meet in the first game of the Endesa League 2022/2023. The team of Šarūnas “Šaras” Jasikevičius will try to regain the league title in the third course of the Lithuanian coach’s project. Last season Barça lost in the final against real Madrid (3-1).
The Blaugrana will have to get back up after the defeat against real Madrid in extra time in the final of the Endesa Super Cup (89-83). The injuries of Nikola Mirotić and Cory Higgins are very important for Barça. However, the Blaugrana still has a great squad. Nicolás Laprovittola started the season well, and was the MVP of the Catalan League : The first title of the season.
Barca signed six new players for the 2022-2023 season. The last to arrive was Oriol Paulí, coming from Morabanc Andorra. The forward was the sixth FCBasket signing for next year. Before Pauli Tomas Satoransky, Nikola Kalinic, Oscar Da Silva, Jan Vesely and Mike Tobey signed. Now,the title of the Catalan League 2022 in their windows they will look for the one of the Endesa League.
And yes, Barça lost Nikola Mirotic, who is yet to recover from his left foot Achilles tendon injury. Furthermore, Cory Higgins is still out, and he’s yet another very important absence. The opponents from Gran Canaria, finished last season in eighth place in the regular phase, with a record of 17-17.
In the quarterfinals of the playoff both teams faced each other. Barça won the series 2-0, but with great suffering. A result of 93-82 in the Palau Blaugrana and a rushed 86-88, in the Gran Canaria Stadium gave the classification to the team of Jasikevičius. Now, they must win again on the first day of the regular league.
The match will take place on Friday, September 30, at 9:30 p.m.