Caja Laboral's forward Mirza Teletovic (L) vies with Maccabi's Lior Eliyahu (R) during the Euroleague basketball group playoffs A match Maccabi vs Caja Laboral on March 31, 2011 at Nokia Palace Staduim in Tel Aviv. (credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Caja Laboral and Lagun Aro GBC face off in Spanish Cup
Caja Laboral and Lagun Aro GBC take on each other in the first round of the Spanish Cup at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Thursday.
Caja Laboral is currently ranked third in the Liga ACB with a 14-6 record, just behind Regal Barcelona (17-3) and Real Madrid (16-4). The Saski Baskonia side won this tournament in 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009.
Out to lead Caja Laboral are foreign reinforcements Mirza Teletovic and Brad Oleson. Head coach Dusko Ivanovic will also rely on Fernando San Emeterio, Milko Bjelica and Pablo Prigioni.
Lagun Aro, meanwhile, is in ninth spot with a 10-10 record. The club's top players are Andy Panko, Jimmy Baron, Sergi Vidal and Javier Salgado. Lagun Aro has never won the Spanish Cup.
Caja Laboral defeated Lagun Aro 86-74 in their first meeting in the Liga ACB this season. The winner of this match-up will face the winner of the Barcelona-Lucentum duel in the semifinals.
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