He Barcelona surpassed this Friday in the Euroleague a night to forget in the triple (5 of 30) and He pulled out all the stops to beat Valencia Basket (74-70) in a power-to-power duel that was marked by the aggressiveness of the defenses.
The game, tied throughout (37-33, halftime), was not decided until the last minute from the free throw line. Jan Vesely (17 points) He was the most outstanding player in Barçawhile Chris Jones (15) He led the Taronja team when the ball was burning the most.
Equality prevailed in the initial section, in which both teams set a high physical bar and concentrated their attacks in the paint. Vesely scored nine of Barça’s first 13 points (13-9, min.5) and Touré demonstrated his power, with four points and three offensive rebounds.
The first carousel of changes benefited the Barça team, which dominated the rebound after the mistake of a motivated Davies and added easily in the paint with points from Hernangómez, Parker and Abrines (24-13, min.9).
Valencia Basket organized the ideas in attack and found a vein in the partnership between Jovic and Inglis (25-22, min.13). Denied in the triple (1 of 15 at halftime), Barça gained oxygen in a couple of counterattacks, but struggled to score in static against the strong defense of the taronja team, which also did not add from the perimeter (2 of 10).
In a section with a lot of friction and few points, Jones and Davies almost came back (31-30), but Barça kept the advantageat the end of the first half thanks to the reappearance of Vesely and a shot by Satoransky at the buzzer (37-33).
The defenses continued to take precedence over the attacks after passing through the locker room. Valencia Basket turned the game against Inglis in the low post, and the Catalan team responded with penetrations from Parker and Satoransky without either team breaking the prevailing equality in a duel with a low pace and minimal differences on the scoreboard (54- 52, min.30).
Given the general failure in shooting and the toughness of the defenses, the rebound emerged as the main way of scoring (60-60, min.35). Two triples from Kalinic and Abrines seemed to pave the way for Barcelona (68-60, min.38), but Jones and López-Arostegui reduced the lead to three points with one minute left (68-65).
Valencia Basket pressed until the end and forced Barça to win the game from the free throw linewhere Abrines and Laprovittola delivered to secure a hard-fought victory (74-70) that keeps the Blaugranas in second position in the Euroleague.
74 – FC Barcelona (25+12+17+20): Satoransky (9), Laprovittola (7), Kalinic (7), Da Silva (-), Vesely (17) -starting team-, Hernangómez (9), Parker (9), Jokubaitis (2), Abrines (12), Parra (2) and Nnaji (-).
70 – Valencia Basket (16+17+19+18): Jones (15), Puerto (2), Ojeleye (8), Reuvers (2), Touré (4) -starting team-, López-Arostegui (10), Claver (3), Davies (5), Jovic (6) , Pradilla (2), Inglis (13) and Ferrando (-).
Referees: Fernando Rocha (POR), Igor Dragojevic (MON) and Steve Bittner (ALE). They called out an unsportsmanlike foul against the local Vesely (min.4) and the visitor Ojeleye (min.5).
Incidents: Match of the ninth day of the Euroleague played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 5,128 spectators.