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Rudy Fernandez is Supercopa MVP

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The balance of power may be shifting in Spain’s top flight.

Real Madrid beat their rivals Barcelona to capture the Supercopa Endesa over the weekend, and fans probably should not be surprised when considering the presence of three leading Spanish internationals in the winning squad.

Chief among them is Rudy Fernandez, who decided to return to Spain instead of going back to the NBA.

Fernandez, who spent the early part of last season with Real during the NBA Lockout, played in his third straight Olympics this summer and helped Spain to a second straight silver medal in the competition.

He poured in 22 points in Madrid’s 95-84 triumph over Barca and was named MVP of the Supercopa.

“It’s an acknowledgement that you achieve thanks to the work of the whole team,” he said.

“I’ll remember this day, this moment and this city, the same city in which I made my debut with the Whites and in which I’ve won my first title.

“It’s my first Spanish Derby with Real Madrid and it’s true that it’s an extraordinary experience.”

Fernandez, a former DKV Joventut star, made a big impact on both ends of the floor.

He was at his high-flying best, dunking with vigor and scoring on daring drives to the basket.

“I’m very pleased to have won my first title with Real Madrid,” he said.

“I think it’s great to start the season this way, but we have to go on with humility and with our feet on the ground.

“We’re a team that has to fight in all competitions.”

Much bigger challenges await Madrid in both Spain and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

Barcelona will be tougher competition in the battles ahead, too.

They did not have Juan Carlos Navarro available on Sunday.

He was absent, yet the team did have a host of other solid players like Australian pair Joe Ingles and Nathan Jawai, Slovenia’s Erazem Lorbek, Brazil international Marcelo Huertas, former Madrid center Ante Tomic and rising star Alex Abrines, who has moved to the Catalan club from Unicaja Malaga.

Ingles played to rave reviews for the Australians at the London Games.

Real Madrid are stacked with talent, too.

They also Fernandez’s battery mates in the Spain squad, Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez.

All three will be key players next year at the EuroBasket with Spain and also will have prominent roles in the squad that plays at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“They had to play without several important players but they are a really top team,” Fernandez said of Barca.

“We have to celebrate our strengths and improve where possible. We’ve enjoyed quite a high-scoring game.

“We’re going to really enjoy this Liga Endesa because there are very good teams like Barcelona and next week we begin (in the Liga Endesa) against Unicaja, a big rival.”

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