The preseason tournament, held for the 3rd year in a row and hosted by Unicaja Malaga in their beautiful 11,000 capacity arena, also featured Spanish powerhouses Winterthur FC Barcelona and DKV Joventut. Considering that these were the four best teams in the ACB last season, the level of competition was very strong.
Tau Vitoria played without the services of their superstar Luis Scola, who was injured in practice last week and will be out for at least a month. In his absence, Tiago Splitter was forced to step up his game and did just that, averaging 17.5 points and 5 rebounds through two games on 66% shooting from the field in 26.5 minutes.
A more detailed analysis of Splitter's performance as well as of other draft prospects at this tournament was written by International Director Luis Fernandez.
Rudy Fernandez had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes in a losing effort against Unicaja in day one of the tournament.
Previous MVPs of this event include Luis Scola in 2005 and Dejan Bodiroga in 2004.
The ACB season officially kicks off on September 30th.