A rushed victory for a assured Barcelona (72-69) in opposition to a Girona that didn’t need to quit
Barcelona ended up asking for the time in a recreation that they managed for greater than half-hour however wherein they trusted forward of time and that nearly price them an enormous scare. Ultimately, victory in a rush and that serves to keep up the nice line. With a 12-point benefit on the break and 15 on the finish of the third interval, there was nothing to recommend that Girona would come again. Pierre Oriola was honored originally after which performed 7 minutes along with his new group.
The sport began with a 0-6. García Reneses’ group shared the ball rapidly, directed by Quino Colom, and scored simply (9-17, min.7). His solely mole was the rebound, which allowed Barça to develop, misguided within the shot.
After the primary timeout by Sarunas Jasikevicius, the native group organized their concepts and got here again within the blink of an eye fixed with a kill by Da Silva, two triples by Tomas Satoransky and Álex Abrines, and 6 factors by Cory Higgins (23-19, min.10 ).
The azulgrana group was a curler. Aggressive on the passing lanes, he scored straightforward factors in transition. And in static assault, the ball circulated with velocity till discovering the free shooter (42-27, min.15). Abrines and Higgins, with 8 and 9 factors on the break, shone within the choral success of Barcelona’s exterior.
Bàsquet Girona took benefit of the slightest signal of leisure to shut the hole, however Oscar da Silva (15 factors and 6 rebounds within the first half) protected Barça’s benefit with two consecutive triples earlier than halftime (50-38).
The visiting group returned to the courtroom with renewed vitality and bought nearer on the scoreboard due to their defensive enchancment (54-46, min. 25), however Barça replied with the identical coin and stretched their lead on the counterattack once more (65- 47, min.29).
The azulgrana group claimed victory earlier than time and Bàsquet Girona, ordered in assault by a splendid Marc Gasol, bought absolutely into the struggle for the match (68-63, min.37). Nonetheless, the rojiblanco field’s pulse trembled on the decisive second, it reached 69-66 however Higgins aborted the comeback from the free throw line to provide peace of thoughts within the remaining seconds.
72- Barca (23+27+15+7): Satoransky (3), Laprovittola (3), Paulí (2), Da Silva (16), Sanli (1) -initial team-, Vesely (14), Kalinic (6), Abrines (8), Higgins (13), Jokubaitis (4), Caicedo (-) and Nnaji (2).
69- Girona Basketball (19+19+12+19): Colom (13), Taylor (12), Vila (4), Prkacin (6), Gasol (9) -initial team-, Fjellerup (8), Figueras (9), Miletic (8), Oriola (-), Hanzlik (-), Garino (-) and Sorolla (-).