The Barcelona Soccer Club added his twelfth consecutive victory in the Endesa League against the Unicaja (79-55) in a match marked by the great Barça defense in the last quarter, which left the malagueños in only four points.
Brandon Davies, author of 15 points, was the best Barça player and the player who next to Nicola mirotic broke the game when Unicaja got to a point (51-50) two minutes from the end of the third quarter and threatened to end the Barça winning streak.
However, in the remaining twelve minutes, the Malaga team conceded 28 and only added five points. The Catalans were an insatiable steamroller on both sides of the court against a rival surpassed by their excellence and weighed down by their irregularity and the scant contribution of some of their most decisive men.
Barcelona started the same as the game ended and tied up a speculative Unicaja from the beginning that added four points in five minutes. Oriola and Abrines’ triples put Barça eight up (12-4, min. 5).
Roland Smits ran to finish with a mate a counterattack and put eleven points of difference (21-10, min. 10) while the poor percentage of success from Malaga and his scarcity of ideas punished him too much.
A triple on the horn of Alonso left the first quarter at 23-13 and showed the way of recovery to those of the Greek Fotis Katsikaris. Alonso and Bouteille’s triples tightened the score (29-25, min. 15) against a Barcelona that made too many mistakes in attack.
Higgins and Davies came to the rescue and a Westermann triple returned the ten-point lead (40-30, min. 20). Jaime Fernández made it 40-32 at halftime with his only two points from the first half.
The Malagueños increased their defensive intensity and sharpened their aim from the three-point line, which brought them to a point (51-50, min. 28) after two free throws by Pole Adam Waczynski.
Barça got stuck in attack, the young Nzosa was enlarged in both rings and Unicaja was taking control of the game until Davies and Mirotic appeared on the track and between them they gave air to their team with a partial of 9-1 that began to propel Barcelona (60-51).
The Catalans continued to press the accelerator when Davies, Mirotic and Kuric, the lethal Barça triplet, gave way to the less usual, who did not miss the opportunity, as Jasikevicius likes, to put the maximum advantage of the match with the final 79-55 before the confusion of a Unicaja who stopped his offensive production in his tracks in the last ten minutes to forget.
79 – FC Barcelona (23 + 17 + 20 + 19): Westermann (5), Bolmaro (7), Abrines (5), Oriola (7), Mirotic (12) -starting team-, Davies (15), Smits (10), Higgins (4), Claver (-), Calathes (2), Martínez (4) and Kuric (8).
55 – Unicaja (13 + 19 + 19 + 4): Díaz (2), Fernández (7), Waczynski (9), Thompson (11), Thomas (5) -starting team-, Alonso (6), Abromaitis (1), Mekel (2), Nzosa (7), Bouteille (5), Sánchez (-) and Guerrero (-).
Referees: Calatrava, Padrós and Lucas. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 25 of the Endesa League played without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona.