The inertia of Thursday’s majestic victory in the Euroleague against Fenerbahce, surely the best match of the Jasikevicius era, it was enough for Barça won this Saturday its eighth victory in the ACB League 82-53 against a Betis who did not resist at the Palau Blaugrana.
Mirotic, who finished the match as the top scorer with 18 points, got the first seven for Barça, as if the match against Betis were a simple extension of what was experienced 48 hours before on the same stage.
But it was still not enough to start scoring advantages and the Verdiblancos held the type until 7-8 (min. 4). then a 16-1 local partial achieved based on defensive intensity and offensive forcefulness He put the 23-9 at the end of the first quarter and showed the path of what would be the rest of the game: a walk from the Sarunas Jasikevicius team. One indicator of Betis’ collapse is that their best offensive weapon, James Feldeine, was left scoring in the first period.
And Barça extended the set to 22-1 with a two plus one by Rolands Smits and a triple by Thomas Heurtel that catapulted the distance on the scoreboard to 29-9. Finally, Youssou Ndoye ended the Verdiblancos’ 10-minute streak without scoring (min. 14), a simple oasis before the Catalans increased the set to 27-3 and the overall result to 34-11 (min. 15).
Before the break, Betis managed to reconnect with the success with the hoop (in the first 20 minutes he made a 3 of 18 in shots of two and finished the match with 7 of 35), but it was not enough to prevent the locals will leave the game resolved in the first half with a crushing 46-22, the highest income so far.
Two consecutive triples by Mirotic and a two plus one by Oriola again increased the maximum difference of the match with 59-27 (min. 25). Since then Jasikevicius took the opportunity to give minutes to less common players like Sergi Martínez and Brancou Badio, and the intensity of Barça decreased.
This was used by those of Curro Segura to lower the threshold of 30 points of difference and the third quarter ended with 64-40 and with a partial of 18-18. There the history of the encounter ended definitively, finished with 82-53, and the last quarter was a procedure that allowed the 12 Jasikevicius players to finish between 13 and 22 minutes played.
With this triumph Barça remains undefeated at home in the ACB League and third in the standings with eight wins and two losses. For its part, Betis continues without winning away from home, and this time there was no trace of the momentum it showed in the previous game, when it faced the second classified, the Iberostar Tenerife, before which he fell by only four points of difference. He is now seventeenth with two wins and two losses.
– Data sheet:
82 – Barça (23 + 23 + 18 + 18): Calathes (3), Leandro Bolmaro (9), Pierre Oriola (5), Kuric (5), Mirotic (18) -starting five-, Adam Hanga (3), Smits (5), Heurtel (9), Pustovyi ( 12), Sergi Martínez (4), Brandon Davies (5), Badio (4).
53 – Betis (9 + 13 + 18 + 13): Kay (3), James Feldeine (14), Ouattara (9), Youssou Ndoye (11), TJ Campbell (3) -starting five-, Spiers (7), Enechionyia (1), Borg (2), Niang ( -), Almazán (3), Harrow (-), Torres (-).
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Jorge Martínez, Alfonso Olivares.
Incidents: match of the eleventh day of the ACB League disputed without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana due to sanitary restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.