October 24, 2020

An 11-2 run in the last four minutes sinks Barça against Zenit


Zenit beat Barça 74-70.

Zenit beat Barça 74-70.

An 11-2 run in the last four minutes, from 63-68 (min.36) to 74-70 final, sentenced the Barça on the track of Zenith Saint Petersburg by Xavi Pascual, after a very close clash and in which the Catalans could not play at their usual pace.

The Russian team made the difference thanks to the great meeting of the American pivot Alex Poythrees, one of his new signings, who signed 16 points and 12 rebounds, supported by two exteriors, also new and both bases, the ex-Brazilian Kevin Pangos (15 points) and Bilyy Baron (16).

Barça came out very solid in defense, causing losses to Zenit and opening a clear gap (9-19, m.8), but with a 7-0 run culminated with a triple by Pangos the first quarter closed (16-19).

The second started without intensity (20-22, m.13), Zenit avoided losses and focused on the rhythm of Billy Baron and Pangos, and he came closer (30-31, m.18) after a time of this Friday Barça coach Tomas Masilulis.

Interestingly, it had Nick calathes (20-22, m.13) and in just a minute, when the second staff was pointed out, he sat him down and placed Cory Higgins. At the break it was reached with 35-38.

Calathes returned to the beginning of the third quarter with the aim of stopping Pangos and Barça went up (42-48, m.27), although KC Rivers and Pangos prevented the Spanish team from taking off (47-52, m.28) and Baron managed to get his team into the final quarter with a tight 54-55.

Barça settled through Calathes, Mirotic and Higgins (63-68, m.36) and then the Barça decline began, which worsened with a triple by KC Rivers (71-68, m.37), and entered the last minute with 71-70.

Calathes missed a 3-pointer and was subsequently flagged for an unsportsmanlike attack on Pangos, who converted both free throws (73-70) with 23 seconds to go. Ball for the Russian team and a free kick by Will Thomas sentenced (74-70).

Data sheet

74 – Zenit St.Petersburg (16 + 19 + 19 + 20): Pangos (15), KC Rivers (11), Fridzon (-), Will Thomas (10), Poythrees (16) -starting five- Zakharov (-), Baron (16), Zubkov (2), Ponitka (4) and Volkhin (-).

70 – Barça (19 + 19 + 17 + 15): Calathes (9), Abrines (11), Higgins (7), Mirotic (14), Oriola (-) -starting five- Davies (8), Hanga (2), Smits ( 7), Heurtel (2), Claver (8) and Bolmaro (2).

Referees: Radovic (CRO) and Lavrukhin (RUS). Without eliminated.

Incidents: Meeting corresponding to the second day of the Euroleague played at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg before 2,800 spectators. Only two referees directed the clash. The third, Montenegrin Igor Dragojevic, could not do so because he tested positive for COVID-19 before the game.

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