The Catalan team went 8 minutes without scoring, but went on a streak in the final four minutes and a stopper from Nikola Mirotic, who reached 27 PIR, marked the triumph of Sarunas Jasikevicius’s men, who were ahead for a large part of the stake.
The local duo formed by Achille Polonara and Pierrià Henry it multiplied to turn the score around, but Barça’s reaction led to the final victory by taking advantage of local losses.
The two teams made numerous inaccuracies in an error-ridden start from which Barça came out more gracefully, having more energy in the opening bars and counting on six consecutive points from Nikola Mirotic for establish the first significant income of the shock, 10-15.
Pierrià Henry returned the coin and Baskonia’s outside game came to a boil to close the gap, 19-20.
Those of Sarunas Jasikevicius entered better in the second act under the baton of Nick Calathes, who was replaced by Thomas Heurtel, who also successfully led the Barcelona team, which was commanded by up to four bases at different times.
The locals relied on Youssoupha Fall to follow in the footsteps of their rival, but two triples from the French guard and Alex Abrines kept Barça ahead, 37-39, thanks to Baskonia did not take advantage of the free throws they took in the first half.
Dusko Ivanovic continued to use a high quintet, like the one that concluded the second round, but failed to overcome the suffocating defense of Barça, which took advantage of the offensive rebound to open a new gap, 48-56.
Baskonia adjusted the defense and took advantage of the errors of the visitors to add from the free kick to get closer and leave everything open for the final quarter, 56-58.
A 17-0 run led by Achille Polonara turned the contest around at the start of the fourth quarter to hit a 69-58.
The first points for the Barça players came with a triple by Alex Abrines, after being almost 8 minutes without scoring, and Barça woke up to return the partial to Baskonia, 0-11, and cement the triumph of the Catalan team (71-72) , what Mirotic initialed with a cap behind a Pierrià Henry tray.
– Data sheet:
71 – TD Systems Baskonia (19 + 18 + 19 + 15): Vildoza (8), Dragic (15), Giedraitis (4), Polonara (14) and Jekiri (10) -starting five-, Henry (8), Sedekerskis (1), Diop (-), Fall (11), Peters (-) and Kurucs (-).
72 – Barça (20 + 19 + 19 + 14): Hanga (5), Higgins (2), Abrines (10), Smits (2), Davies (12) -starting five-, Bolmaro (3), Heurtel (5), Oriola (4), Kuric (9), Mirotic (18) and Calathes (2).
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (Italy), Uros Nikolic (Serbia) and Saso Petek (Slovenia). They eliminated the local Jekiri (min. 40) and the visitor Davies (min. 40) due to personal fouls.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the Euroleague contested without an audience at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria.