Congratulations this morning go out from BallinEurope to perhaps the underdog of the year, as Bizkaia Bilbao Basket has advanced to the ACB final by defeating Real Madrid in game four of their semifinal matchup, 80-72.
The club which had never won a playoff game going into 2010-11 dispatched the Euroleague Final Four squad and no. 2 overall seed in Spain with fast-paced play and some nice perimeter defense, holding the Madridistas to just 9-of-25 shooting from the arc. Despite shooting just 41% overall, Bilboa was led by Aaron “Ajax” Jackson (17 points, six rebounds) in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 14-2 run to close out the game and series.
Bizkaia BB will meet defending ACB champs FC Barcelona in the finals. Highlight clip runs below.