The Barça, infallible from the 6.75 meter line (15 triples of 28 attempts), punished at the Palau Blaugrana the TD Systems Baskonia (87-74) and gained confidence with a view to the semifinal of the Euroleague Final Four next May 28.
The Basque team, misguided from the perimeter (4 triples of 21 attempts) and without defensive regularity, chained the fourth defeat of the last five games of the Endesa League, so that he no longer depends on himself to finish fourth.
The Argentinian Leandro bolmaro (18 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds) led Barça, especially in the last quarter, when Baskonia could not stand up to the physical game of their rival.
In the first half, the visiting team lacked defensive concentration to neutralize the Catalan team’s 3 shot (7 hits out of 13 attempts).
Precisely, the outside success prevented Barça from going to rest behind on the scoreboard (41-39). Baskonia, on the other hand, only scored three triples in the first 20 minutes and stayed afloat offensively thanks to 16 free throws made.
So what the team coached by Dusko Ivanovic got off to a strong start, 15-21 (min.9) from the hand of inside players like Giedraitis or Diop, but Barça equalized the first act thanks to a shot over the horn by Nikola Mirotic.
The Spanish-Montenegrin was the local offensive benchmark with eleven points in the first half. Brandon Davies also appeared in attack in the second quarter to reduce a five-point deficit of his team (30-35, min.17).
Before the break, the Barça pressed one more march in defense, bothered Baskonia, who resisted thanks to the free throws, but could not close a remarkable first half with an advantage (41-39).
The beginning of the third act was marked by Barça’s triples – the first three baskets were from the 6.75 meter line – and Pierria Henry’s imbalance (13 points) in the direction.
When the American base was turned off the lights by the rival defense, Baskonia was losing steam.
A 10-1 partial propelled Barça to a nine-point lead (60-51, min. 28), but the Basque team, with a triple by Colom and a steal by Giedriaitis, who finished the game with 14 points, faced the last quarter alive (65-58).
But the local team did not give him options thanks to an immense Leandro Bolmaro. The Argentine base, with two triples and a steal, was the protagonist of the last act in which Barça played at pleasure.
The Barça defense caused Baskonia’s losses to multiply (16 at the end of the game) and a 16-6 run ended the Basque team’s options 4 minutes from the end (81-65).
Barça added a placid victory against a Euroleague rival that reaches the decisive stretch of the season with very fair strength.
87 – Barça (21 + 20 + 24 + 22): Calathes (5), Higgins (7), Abrines (6), Mirotic (15), Davies (11) -starting five-, Bolmaro (18), Smits (7), Oriola (2), Claver (-), Hanga (5), Gasol (8) and Kuric (3)
74 – TD Systems Baskonia (21 + 18 + 19 + 16): Henry (13), Massenat (5), Sedekerskis (12), Giedraitis (14), Jekiri (7) -starting five-, Diop (7), Colom (5), Peters (5), Deagic (4) and Kurucs (two).
Referees: Óscar Perea, Luis Miguel Castillo, Vicente Martínez. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match of matchday 37 of the Endesa League played without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana.