April 13, 2021

Barcelona prevails over a good Valencia Basket – La Provincia

Barcelona prevails over a good Valencia Basket - La Provincia

The Barcelona Lassa, current champion of the Copa del Rey, started defending his title with a triumph looser than the balance that was lived in their quarterfinal match against the Valencia Basket, who dominated the match until two minutes from the end, two triples by Adam Hanga ended their resistance (86-79).

Thus, the team of Svetislav Pesic will face on Saturday in the first of the semifinals that are played in the WiZink Center in Madrid Iberostar Tenerife, who defeated in the other match of the day Unicaja Malaga.

Valencia Basket copied the Iberostar Tenerife at the start of the match, surprising its rival, who after dominating the initial moments, found a partial 0-10 what took the score of 13-14 to a 13-24 in the second quarter.

Although the taronja only committed a personal foul in the first ten minutes, s u defense was much more effective, covering the pass lines and causing errors in the azulgranas, that in the second period, although they lost Kevin Seraphin for three fouls, they found the perfect balance between the inside game and the outside shot to finish the match at 3 minutes and 43 seconds of the final (31-31) with a triple by Pau Ribas. The inspiration of Bojan Dubljevic left in front the Valencian players before the break ( 37-39).

The third quarter was a constant exchange of blows. Every Barça success was followed by another Valencian. The shock balanced and grew both in intensity and spectacularity. The Pesic players, however, never managed to get ahead on the scoreboard (58-58).

But nevertheless, a partial 4-0 start in the last quarter it was a blow at the table of a Barça that was again behind on the scoreboard after a triple by Dubljevic (62-63). Matt Thomas and Labeirye, with two triples, put Barcelona on alert again, who chose to stop the clash with a timeout to 5:55 of the final. Barca quickly recovered the balance with Thomas Heurtel at the helm and returned to turn around the clash with a triple by Adam Hanga (76-73, min 37).

Another triple of the Hungarian after a while Port of Valencia Basket ended up decanting the balance two minutes from the end ( 81-73), leaving the last seconds of the clash in a basket exchange that favored Barcelona.

86 – Barcelona Lassa (13 + 24 + 21 + 28): Pangos (6), Singleton (11), Blazic (2), Claver (5) and Tomic (14) – starting team -, Seraphin, Ribas (15), Hanga (12), Heurtel (17) and Oriola (4) .

79 – Valencia Basket (21 + 18 + 19 + 21): Van Rossom (8), Will Thomas (12), Dubljevic (13), Vives (2) and Doornekamp (7) – Starting Team – Abalde, Labeyrie (10), Tobey (11), Matt Thomas (9), San Emeterio (7) and Sastre.

Referees: José A. Martín, Daniel Hierrezuelo and Fernando Calatrava. Chris Singleton was eliminated by five personnel (m.39).

Incidents: Match corresponding to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey played at the Palacio de Deportes (WiZink Center) in Madrid before 11,511 spectators.


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