Barça won this Thursday at Fenerbahçe Beko Istanbul (74-80) on day 20 of the Euroleague and puts an end to a bad run of three consecutive defeats, on one night they healed his wound at the cost of delving into that of his rival, who seemed healed, and thanks to the good make of Nikola MiroticBrandon Davies or Victor Claver, the Blaugranas close this week with a smile and closer to the head of the table.
A triumph worked, in a serious game in which the batteries were put into important details such as rebound control, with up to eleven offensive catches that gave second chances that ended up having their weight in the victory. In addition, the assists and the fast and open game was key at the beginning of the game to get up and force Fenerbahçe, who loses again after three straight wins, to go to tow.
The Blaugranas had to do much on their part to forget the feelings of the previous three defeats. At the level of losses, the improvement was more than remarkable compared to the 17 before Maccabi Tel Aviv. They also took pains in the rebound and with weight in the offensive, and what he did most work was not to be intimidated by the pressure of the stands and the hard play of the locals.
Hard within the changing permissiveness of the arbitration trio, which began whistling everything and ended up ‘compensating’ in the second quarter, when he barely pointed out anything against Fenerbahçe. It was not decisive, but it did help the reaction of a ‘Fener’ that in the second set, just started, it was seen 18 points down (12-30) and ended up climbing.
That second quarter went to the Turks (27-18) and left the match tied for the break (39-42). In the resumption, the spirits calmed down, there was not so much contact and Barça was able to get close to the great ball circulation he had in a first quarter in which he touched perfection. Even so, only Svetislav Pesic’s team achieved +2 in the third quarter and the game was decided in ten final minutes of heart attack.
In them, Fenerbahçe achieved thanks to Nando De Colo and Ali Muhammed to turn the game around and get ahead on the scoreboard for the first time (62-61). Barça, who is not left over with confidence, clenched his teeth back and betting again on the collective game not only endured the guy but even reopened a small gap until 64-71, the work of a gray Cory Higgins.
Jan Vesely, that it had been a torment for the Blaugranas with their 7 points and 6 rebounds, he committed a fifth personal foul that took quite a long time to come since he got fast with four. Without him, Zeljko Obradovic had no choice but to bet on a Derrick Williams who, being a number 2 of the NBA’s ‘Draft’, was blind from triple and just contributed points to his team, missing shots that would have been lethal to him Barça in case of entering.
Instead, Malcolm Delaney He had his moment of grace in the last room. If in the third one it was Victor Claver (17 points) who kept the Catalans afloat with their triples and rebounds, in the last period the US base showed that the party is going. With electric and triple entries in the ‘house brand’ race, it was key to relocating the moral barrier of the 10 points (66-76). A difference that had its plus and minus but, this time, Barça did not fail in the line of personnel, continued strong back and canceled the attempt to react locally, with an 8-4 final that was not enough.
–OUTCOME: FENERBAHÇE BEKO ISTANBUL, 74 – BARÇA, 80 (39-42, at rest).
FENERBAHÇE BEKO ISTANBUL: From Colo (12), Westermann (-), Datome (7), Thomas (2) and Williams (7) – initial five–; Nunnally (11), Mahmutoglu (-), Kalinic (12), Sloukas (14), Vesely (7), Muhammed (2), Lauvergne (-).
BARÇA: Hanga (6), Higgins (12), Claver (17), Mirotic (12) and Davies (12) – initial five–; Oriola (2), Abrines (-), Delaney (14), Kuric (5), Tomic (-).
–PARTIALS: 12-24, 27-18, 17-19 and 18-19.
–– REFEREES: Javor, Bissang and Foufis. They eliminated Vesely in the Fenerbahçe.
–PAVILION: Ulker Sports and Event Hall, 12,792 spectators.