Ingles advances to Spanish ACB Finals

Ingles advances to Spanish ACB Finals

Australian Boomers star Joe Ingles has moved a step closer to a second consecutive Spanish ACB title, with his FC Barcelona Regal sweeping Brad Newley’s Gran Canaria to setup a meeting with bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Restored to the starting five, Ingles finished with 12 points (4-of-5FG) and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes in the 84-62 win, ensuring a 3-0 semi-final series sweep.

It was an impressive post-season for Newley on an individual note, averaging 14 points and 6.7 rebounds in the series against Barcelona.

It has been a strong first season in the Canary Islands for the Boomers veteran, averaging over 11 points at 53.8% from the field and more than 4 rebounds from a team-high 40 games.

For Ingles the season continues to a meeting with a Madrid side that like their Catalan rivals reached the EuroLeague Final Four, but had the better of the regular season to finish top of the ACB standings.

The 25-year-old will be looking to finish the season on a high and claim a second consecutive ACB crown, with Ingles set to test the NBA waters in preparation for the 2013/14 season.

The Spanish ACB Finals tips-off on Monday morning (AEST).