A unleashed Nico Laprovittola has destroyed ASVEL Villeurbane this Friday (60-80) and he has resolved a stuck and very even crash until the break. The Barça has returned to show two faces in a game that has played jerks until the Argentine base has decided to give a recital from the line of three, with 7 triples scored and a total of 25 points, decisive for Barça to regain the leadership of the Euroleague, assaulted on Thursday by Madrid.
“We have to stick with this mentality, playing strong, with everyone contributing and regardless of the injuries or who is on the court, “said the Argentine base with humility after his exhibition. But not even Sarunas Jasikevicius had doubts when they asked him what he liked the most about the party: “Laprovittola”.
There were reasons to anticipate a complicated match in Villeurbanne, and not just because they had one less day of rest (the French they had lost in Madrid Tuesday and Barça signed their comeback against CSKA on Wednesday). Last season the Catalans knelt twice before an ASVEL positioned this year in play-off places, largely due to the role of guard Elie Okobo, the tournament’s top scorer with almost 20 points per game. Although the protagonist of the night was not going to be him.
Barça seemed capable of solving the crash and the leadership soon, when it went from 9-7 to 9-24. A partial of 0-17 that would solve 90% of the matches. Or should. But Barça, with the losses of Higgins and Calathes and little external rotation, lowered the piston and the ASVEL put the batteries. An alley oop from Chris Jones to Kostas Antetokounmpo left the game almost level on the verge of going to the locker room. It was avoided by the final basket of a Rokas Jokubaitis who was turning 21 (28-31, m. 30).
Barça could not blame itself too much in defense, but in attack. Jasikevicius demanded one more march to break the shock. And yes, the ball ended up circulating faster, but the key was the appearance of ‘los Nicos’. A Mirotic highly dosed In minutes he scored 8 consecutive points and Laprovittola added another triple for the second Barça takeoff (30-42, m. 27), to which the Parker team (Tony in the box, TJ on the bench) could barely respond. Laprovittola kept shooting and scoring until the advantage even allowed Michael Caicedo to give minutes (two dunks in the final stretch) and until the Euroleague debut of Uruguayan Agustín Ubal (18 years old).
ASVEL: Okobo (17), Jones (9), Kahudi (6), Howard (7), Gist (6) -start team-, Lacombe (-), Fall (-), Houinsou (2), Strazel (5), Antetokoumpo (8).
6 of 15 in triples (Okobo, 2). 32 rebounds, 9 of. (Jones, 6); 7 assists (Jones, 4).
Barcelona: Laprovittola (25), Kuric (3), Hayes-Davis (2), Mirotic (15), Oriola (-) -starting team-, Davies (8), Sanli (8), Martínez (5), Smits (2) , Jokubaitis (8), Caicedo (4), Ubal (-).
12 of 31 in triples (Laprovittola, 7). 45 rebounds, 16 offensive (Laprovittola, 7); 18 assists (Jokubaitis, 5).
Partial: 9-19; 19-12; 19-31; 13-18.