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Message sent: Another Huertas double-double as Tenerife punch last ticket to Belgrade

MIES (Switzerland) - Lenovo Tenerife have made it to the Basketball Champions League Final Four for the fifth time in eight years,  after cruising past Tofas Bursa in the deciding Game 3 of their Quarter-Final series in San Cristobal de La Laguna on Wednesday.

It finished 78-55, earning the two-time champions a standing ovation from their fans in the Santiago Martin Arena. They have clinched the last of the four tickets to Belgrade, in hope of winning their first BCL title outside of Spain.

Turning point: The opening tip. Previous clashes between Tofas and Tenerife were determined by single-digit margins across their previous four matchups in the Basketball Champions League. Coach Txus Vidorreta wanted to tear apart that kind of script in a do-or-die game, so he demanded maximum focus from the start, and he got it from his players.

By the time Tofas shook off the initial shock, Tenerife were already up 21-4 and showed no mercy the rest of the way.

Game hero: Marcelinho Huertas picked up his 11th career double-double in the BCL, with 13 points and 10 assists, setting up a firecracker of a head-to-head matchup against the only man with more BCL double-doubles. That's Peristeri bwin's Joe Ragland, who's got 16, and is waiting on the other side of the Semi-Finals in Belgrade.

Honorable mention goes out to Sasu Salin, who played his first BCL game in nearly three months and finished with 12 points in 14 minutes of work.


Stats don't lie: 22. That's the only number you need to remember from this game, as Tenerife made it 22 straight wins at home in the Basketball Champions League.

Bottom line: Lenovo Tenerife won their previous two titles in San Cristobal de La Laguna in 2017 and in Bilbao in 2022. They have a chance of becoming the first team with three BCL crowns, but their final tournament experiences out of Spain were not as fruitful so far.

They now face a nervous wait on whether Aaron Doornekamp can return from his first major injury in nearly four years in time for the Final Four in Belgrade.

Tofas were without energy in their final game of the season, scoring their lowest points total ever in this competition. The positive news was that their 19-year-old was their best player, as Ege Demir scored 11 points on the day.

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