The barca appeared with its best version to assault the Buesa Arena (78-85), a court where the baskonia he had only given in to olympiacos and all the greats had knelt. She achieved it with a splendid collective work, good individual contributions, especially from the recovered Satoransky (11 points, 4 assists), from mirotic (15 points, 6 rebounds) and jokubaitis and an overwhelming mastery of the rebound (40, with 18 offensive), which served to make a difference.
“We had to suffer, but this victory is a big step for us, we have to keep this feeling and build on it,” he said with satisfaction. Jasikevicius.
The greatest danger of baskonia it comes from his offensive talent. It is a team that works in streaks, capable of unleashing a gale of points, especially from the triple. That was verified by barca in a wild first quarter, with brilliant actions and a spectacular exchange of blows, which brought the score to a tie at 28. Ten minutes of madness, which confirmed that Satoranskyin the azulgranas, and Howardin the Baskonia, were from the game.
The azulgranas knew how to move on the stage preferred by their rival, with Kalinic and Laprovittola carrying the weight and balancing the success of Sedekerskis. But the Barcelona team is aware that, in this type of bet, it grants too much advantage. The best Barça version always comes from the work in defense. And that’s what he did in the second quarter.
He defended wonderfully, prevented the transitions of the baskoniay did not give options to his rival’s triples. For six minutes, the team Joan Penarroya could only score four points and the barca, with two intense players like Nnaji and Da Silva in the area and with the creation of Jokubaitis and Higgins They made their way with solvency at halftime (40-47) after reaching a maximum of 11 points.
He recovered sensations baskonia in the restart, because Sedekerskisjoined the step forward of thompsonin the absence of success of Howard, which tried to connect without success. And also the painting Penarroya got better back. The barca He entered one of those offensive potholes, which tend to assail him especially when the games get physical, and that balanced the score to enter the last quarter (63-64).
Barça, however, recovered their best version for the decisive stretch, with good minutes from Satoransky and Mirotic and returning to be hegemonic in the rebound, while the baskoniavery pressured by the clock, returned to trust everything to the triple shot and although he found them (Thompson, Hommes, and Howard. in the last three minutes) they did not give him to change the outcome.