The Barça he chained his second consecutive defeat in Milan on the Euroleague (75-70) after failing to complete the comeback in four disappointing final minutes that ended up giving AX victory Armani Exchange Milan that leaves Ettore Messina’s team as a solo leader.
The Catalans repeated the mistakes of a week ago in Tel Aviv, letting the Italians clearly dominate the first quarter with a poor defense that allowed their rival to score easily from the three-point line and on the rebound to always be in tow.
The triples ended up being what marked the game. One by Shields and another with an additional shot by Datome put a 71-65 at 1’45 “from the end that was unbearable for Barça, who made many mistakes in their final attacks before a basket by Sergio Rodríguez thirty seconds from the end sentenced the game. clash with 73-67.
The Catalans had an unfortunate night in the triples with 3 baskets of 16 attempts, in addition to allowing Armani Milan to steal 10 rebounds and lose 12 balls. Brandon Davies with 12 points was the one who kept Barça alive, who noticed the disastrous night of Cory Higgins, author of only five points with 2 of 9 in shots from the field.
The The Catalans again slackened in defense at the start of the game. Hayes-Davis’ entry into the opening five to stop Shields was unsuccessful and Armani Milan quickly took a seven-point lead (12-5, min. 4) after scoring three 3-pointers.
Barça did not improve in intensity with the entry of Brandon Davies, annulled by Kaleb Tarzewski, while in attack the mistake of Cory Higgins made the Italian dominance continue until the end of the quarter (28-21).
The two teams got stuck in attack at the start of the second quarter. The Italians fell in the precipitation after reaching their maximum advantage again (30-21, min. 11) while for Barça there was only Rokas Jokubaitis, who with four points and an assist to Oriola put his team to three (32-29, min. 17).
Barça stopped again and the Milanese, especially Devon Hall (13 points in the first half), recovered their success in the triple to reach the ten points advantage (42-32, min. 20) that Nikola Mirotic left the eight at halftime (42-34).
Armani Milan started the third period with the fourth triple of four attempts by Devon Hall (45-34, min. 21) and the Italians continued to run the match at will with Sergi Rodríguez setting the pace of the game and putting his team up thirteen (54-41, min. 26) against a Barça where only Mirotic added.
The Catalans still did not dominate under the rings with Mitoglou adding from long distance and from under the ring to go up to 11 points and leave the difference above ten points at the end of the quarter (61-49).
Jasikevicius tried everything and in the end the combination that worked for him was Brandon Davies and Nigel Hayes-Davis. The two Americans lifted the team and a basket from the second gave Barça the first lead (61-63) with 5’10 “from the end.
It seemed that the Catalans were going to take command of the game with 63-65 at 3’49 “from the end but Brandon Davies did not have the accompaniment to achieve it. A loss of the ball by Calathes was the prelude to the two 8-0 triples which ended up giving victory to the Italian team.
75. AX Armani Exchange Milan (28 + 14 + 19 + 14): Hall (16), Shields (11), Datome (17), Hines (5), Melli (5) -starting team-, Rodríguez (6), Tarczewski (2), Ricci (-), Mitoglou (11), Daniels (2), Grant (-)
70. Barça (21 + 13 + 15 + 21): Calathes (9), Higgins (5), Hayes-Davis (10), Mirotic (10), Sanli (4) -starting team-, Davies (12), Martínez (-), Kuric (9), Oriola (4) , Laprovittola (-), Jokubaitis (5) and Smits (2).
Referees: Belosevic (Serbia), Nedovic (Slovenia) and Trawicki (Poland). Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to the eighth day of the Euroleague played at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan (Italy).