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A leading Barça celebrated its ‘Oktoberfest’ by destroying Pablo Laso’s Bayern

In one of the most rounded matches in recent times, the leader Barça passed over Bayern Pablo Laso (98-59) in its fourth victory in the Euroleague and will face in its most critical moment the duel next Thursday on the court of a Real Madrid that is also second with 4-0. It was like an ‘Oktoberfest’ with baskets and without beer in memory of the most universal festival in Munich.

Hours after the youth squad’s operation Michael Caicedo who will be out until next year, The Barça team faced the clash in a great moment on its return to the Palau after ending its three consecutive outings against Olympiacos, Dreamland Gran Canaria and Partizan with complete victories.

The Germans arrived with the former Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso, with the Argentine ex-Azulgrana Leandro Bolmaro and with the Spanish international of Congolese origin Serge Ibaka plus three brand new world champions with the ‘Mannschaft’ such as Isaac Bonga, Niels Giffey and the ‘sniper’ Andreas Obst.

The local staging was extraordinary with two main protagonists. Nico Laprovittola gave three consecutive assists that resulted in six points from Jan Vesely in a great moment of play and intensity plus a triple from the Argentine that caused the Vitorian coach to get his first ‘anger’ before the third minute (9-2).

Obst’s triple remained an anecdote against a Barça that moved the ball like angels and found spaces for Satoransky to score his second triple and the specialist Àlex Abrines dusted off his rifle in a spectacular first quarter that was closed by the recently incorporated Willy Hernangómez (27 -eleven).

That basket from Madrid was a mirage, since he did almost everything wrong in the second quarter, with two missed triples, only two rebounds and a defense full of errors that first allowed Ibaka to score three baskets (one of them after snatching a rebound offensive to the Barcelona ’14’) and moving away in the Weiler-Babb penetration.

On a completely opposite plane, Jabari Parker confirmed the good feelings of his last games with a succession of extraordinary actions such as a basket of two after an electric bounce, a robbery by putting his hand in with intelligence and speed and, above all, showing that he can offer a lot to this team.

A very electric Darío Brizuela (you have to play more slowly) shot the hosts up to 37-22 (min. 15:13) and a good basket by James Nnaji established the maximum lead with 41-23 at 2:03 of the break, but there the team dropped a little and at least Oscar da Silva’s basket at the buzzer maintained a good lead (43-27).

Booker’s opening three-pointer in the third quarter was a mirage before another Jan Vesely display, four free throws in a row without a miss from a much more active Willy and an extraordinary basket plus a triple by Jabari Parker that established a resounding and humiliating 67-35. The quarter closed at 70-40 after a hit from Ibaka to Hernangómez.

The former Pelicans player started the last 10 minutes with a three-pointer and two free throws (77-40) and it only remained to be seen if Bayern would be able to cover up a huge defeat that almost no one expected after their 68-76 victory. on the track of a Baskonia that is going through a complicated situation. Willy retired applauded after responding to Ibaka with a magnificent block (82-44 with 4:43 left).

The Barca won by 40 points (84-44) and the good final minutes of the world champion Isaac Bonga found their perfect replica in the desire of Brizuela with two triples, in the motivation of Joel Parra in a Nnaji who took advantage of the minutes for a sensational final result for the locals and humiliating for Pablo Laso and his people, 98-59.

Data sheet

98. Barça (27+16+27+28): Satoransky (9), Laprovittola (5), Kalinic (3), Da Silva (5), Vesely (14) -starting team-, Parker (15), Jokubaitis (9), Abrines (3), Parra (6), Hernangómez (11), Brizuela (8) and Nnaji (10).

59. Bayern Munich (11+16+13+19): Edwards (3), Bolmaro (2), Bonga (7), Booker (9), Gillespie (2) -starting team-, Ibaka (13), Francisco (7), Obst (6), Giffey (2), Weiler -Babb (5), Harris (-) and Weidemann (3).

Referees: Tomislav Hordov (CRO), Eduard Udyanskyy (GBR) and Uros Obrknezevic (SER). No eliminated.

Incidents: match of the fourth day of the Euroleague played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 6,519 spectators.


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