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NO ONE wants the season to end when it has been the best of all, so Iberostar Tenerife are savouring the last lap of their record-breaking campaign … and even dreaming of greater things beyond.

But there was a bit of a hangover feel to last Thursday’s 76-72 home defeat by Baskonia, of Vitoria.

The euphoria of winning the inaugural European Champions League meant lots of public engagements, and they could be forgiven for not being at their sharpest.

The first quarter caught them cold with a 16-25 reverse, and they never really recovered, despite captain Nico Richotti leading by example with 18 points.

That was a game in hand, because of their Cup heroics, and quick on its tail came a home game on Sunday, with Tenerife back to their best in an 80-76 win over Bilbao.

It was a close match, the second and last quarters being drawn. But they did just enough in the other two. Aaron Doornekamp was his usual, consistent, self with 17 points, and San Miguel weighed in with 14.

That left Tenerife lying sixth in the Liga Endesa, with two games remaining, and the play-off weekend at the end of the month, involving the top-eight teams.

There’s an even bigger carrot on the horizon later this year because, as European champions, they qualify to play Americas’ champions Guaros de Laram, of Venezuela, for the Intercontinental Cup.

Following the huge success of hosting the Champions League, there is a strong possibility that their La Laguna stadium will stage another game on the world stage.

And captain Nico Richotti will welcome a chance to get his hands on another trophy, if they can get the Champions League prize out of his grasp!

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