October 26, 2020

Barcelona becomes entangled in El Hierro defense of Baskonia

A play by Baskonia-Barça.

A play by Baskonia-Barça.

Defense of TD Systems Baskonia this Sunday drowned Barça, which fell for the first time in the Endesa League 2020-21, by 82-71, and he found no solution to respond to the intensity of Dusko Ivanovic’s men.

The game was very even in the first half, but after passing through the changing rooms the Vitorian team showed its teeth and gave more speed to its actions to score its rival, supported by the great performance of Rokas Giedraitis and Achille Polonara, who, as happened in the European duel, combined to overcome the opposite.

The Italian went up to 26 valuation points, while the Lithuanian reached 21, to lead the Vitoria team.

Brandon Davies was the most regular of those of Sarunas Jasikevicius and the sparks of Thomas Heurtel were not enough.

Alex Abrines signed two consecutive triples to start the clash, but Baskonia returned the coin and took the lead with a good game off the ball at a fast-paced start.

The outside success allowed the locals to take the first advantages, but a 1-7 partial for Barça after Nick Calathes entered the court again to narrow a marker, until a basket by Pierrià Henry put the end to a favorable first act for the locals, 23-20.

Barça continued to improve in attack and endorsed a new partial, 0-7, to take the initiative in a game in which the defenses unbalanced the balance. But With Thomas Heurtel on a roll, Baskonia couldn’t find the antidote to stop the Catalans’ offensive production, much more comfortable with Nick Calathes at the controls.

Sergi Martínez gave quality minutes in the Barcelona team and the locals sweated every point they scored, although they took advantage of the free kick to hook their rival, 39-40.

An unsportsmanlike Cory Higgins marked the start of the second half, in which the struggle and contribution of Tonye Jekiri on both sides of the court launched Baskonia to the highest income of the clash so far, 51-41.

The exchange of blows favored those of Dusko Ivanovic who had their most inspired man in Rokas Giedraitis, author of ten crucial points so that Baskonia kept up with a comfortable income, 70-58.

The Baskonia gave him one more twist to his defense in the last round and took an income of 14 points almost insurmountable for a Barcelona that he did not score the few open shots that the Vitorian squad gave him to reach the final stretch with options, but Baskonia responded well to establish the final 82-71.

– Data sheet:

82 – TD Systems Baskonia (23 + 16 + 31 + 12): Vildoza (12), Dragic (11), Giedraitis (19), Polonara (16) and Jekiri (9) -starting five-, Henry (7), Sedekerskis (-), Diop (4), Peters (-) and Kurucs (4).

71 – Barça (20 + 20 + 18 + 13): Hanga (7), Higgins (9), Abrines (6), Smits (4), Davies (10) -starting five-, Heurtel (15), Oriola (1), Martínez (3), Kuric (7) and Calathes (9).

Referees: Arnau Padrós, Alberto Sánchez and Juan Carlos García. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the Endesa League played without an audience at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria.


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