Ferran Bassas, the triumph of second chances

The base of the Joventut de Badalona Ferran Bassas was one of the key players in the triumph of La Penya in the second game of the Endesa League quarter-final Playoff against Barça. Boosted by the publicWith 1,000 spectators who premiered the presence of the fans in the stands of the Olímpic, Carles Duran’s pupils gave a lesson in endurance and defense over the Catalans.

With 20 points (5 of 9 in triples) and a 19 valuation, the green-black youth player was once again important in the club of his life, where he grew up as a player and where he also had to learn to swallow with the bitter side of sport and competition.

“Once you arrive, the desire you have to stay is very great”, explained a few days ago the player in a video distributed by the ACB where he reviewed his career. “I think I understood that maybe I was not prepared to stay and that my path was different “.

Bassas debuted with La Penya at the age of 19 in 2011, when he was still a member of CB Prat. Despite having minutes in three regular season games in the ACB, the green-black team did not promote to the first team and the player ended up deciding to change course and play in the LEB Oro with Oviedo.

In Asturias he spent three years chopping stone and improving his basketball until in 2016 the call came from Tenerife, where he triumphed and was proclaimed champion of the Basketball Champions League in 2017 and champion of the Intercontinental Cup in 2018.

The past course, complicated and shortened by the pandemic, was passed with a San Pablo Burgos who later achieved a historic double in the BCL with him already disengaged from the Burgos team.

Bassas did not hesitate for a moment, a decade later, with the offer to return home. With La Penya, the youth squad has averaged his best numbers in the ACB since the team’s management: 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and one recovery per game with a success of 41.2% from the perimeter endorse his prominent role in Duran’s scheme.

“When it was confirmed I was delighted”, remembers Bassas on his return to the Olímpic. “La Penya is going up and has an exciting project, with other ex like Pau Ribas. It’s like playing on the side courts again when we were 10 years old. It brings back many memories, it is very beautiful and at the same time very funny ”.

This summer, Bassas and Albert Ventura, one of his best friends in the green-black locker room and best triple player in the Endesa League with a 48.9% success rate this season, they will inaugurate the first edition of their training campus.

Your society on and off the track sets the trend in Badalona, and now threatens to bring down the powerful Barça from the ACB Playoff in the quarterfinals. The resolution arrives tomorrow Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Palau Blaugrana.

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