Barça had to grit their teeth against a Baskonia that apparently resurfaced from its ashes after being widely outmatched in the first quarter.
Ivanovic's men responded in a big way in the second quarter and made things very difficult for the locals in the third only to see the Catalans finally, with
(18 points, 25 PIR) as the undisputed leader and
(13 points). ) as his best squire, they were made in the end with a new triumph (71-57).
The first part was quite a roller coaster.
Barça practically thrashed Baskonia in the first quarter only to see
hit him back in the second.
The Catalans left at the end of the first period with a 25-4 in favor based on their good defensive work and the inspiration of, above all, Higgins and Mirotic, the two most prominent in an eminently group effort.
But, also, in the continuous errors in attack of a rival that ruined apparently easy baskets.
Far from throwing in the towel, the Baskonia grabbed onto
Thus, and also taking advantage of the fact that the hesitations in attack had changed sides, they managed to reduce the distance to just four points with a partial of 5-22.
Jasikevicius tried to fix things by bringing Higgins and Mirotic back on the court, but only partially succeeded.
The faith of the Hispanic Montenegrin put the score at 33-26 at halftime so that theirs went to the changing rooms upstairs at least in the light.
Mentally, the advantage seemed to be their rivals, capable of surviving what seemed like a sentence to be mere stone guests in another Barça exhibition.
Barça fought to open a new gap after the break through what seemed like a promising
, but Baskonia put the equalizer on the scoreboard with a 7-14 partial in which, again, Henry had a lot to do with it. tell.
Shielded, in this case, by
Things tightened, but Mirotic's mischief and
would put the willows of what would end up being a new Barcelona getaway.
Abrines, providential to save a two against one that smelled like an easy basket, and
, with a last triple that compensated for the one scored by Giedraitis to place his team only two points away, would manage to send the duel to the last quarter with an advantage for the locals (50-45).
, together with Barça's more defensive march, Higgins's know-how under pressure and Mirotic's new accurate contributions would lead Barça to finally win a completely incontestable victory.
It would be of no use to Baskonia if Peters finally made an appearance at the game.
knew how to withstand the downpour when it touched and finally took a clear victory (71-57) than the second and third quarters seemed to predict.
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See links of interest
2021 business calendar
FC Schalke 04 - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Barça - TD Systems Baskonia
Valencia CF - Villarreal
Espanyol - Real Oviedo