Barcelona took a huge weight off with their first victory by 83-73 in the Euroleague, a competition that has gone through more power in the last two seasons and that this edition started badly with their defeats in Moscow and in Gran Canaria The doubts that they are planning about this Barcelona and the pressure that he himself generated with those two ugly setbacks, constituted such considerable pitfalls as Bayern himself, although the Germans had imposed themselves on Tuesday on an important rival like Panathinaikos.
Barcelona Lassa: Pangos (12), Kuric (3), Claver (4), Singleton (15), Tomic (18) – initial team-; Séraphin (6), Pau Ribas (2), Blazic (11), Heurtel (2) and Oriola (10).
Bayern Munich: Jovic (3), Dedovic (9), Lucic (12), Barthel (11), Booker (6) – initial team-; Dangubic (3), Hobbs (0), King (0), Koponen (0), Radosevic (7), Lo (16) and Derrick Williams (6).
Partial: 26-17, 18-19, 21-18 and 18-19.
Referees: Christodoulou, Paternico and Vilius.
Palau Blaugrana. 4,372 spectators. Third day of the Euroleague.
Barcelona needed to start the duel well, to fend off their fears and prevent the morale of their enthusiastic fans from falling. He played it perfectly Kevin Pangos. The Canadian base moved his team with ease, reaprtió four assists and scored 12 points, almost as the most. The Barca marked abysmal distances in eight minutes: 24-8.
Bayern reacted in the hand of their international base Maodo Lo, who came from the bench to relieve the Serbian Jovic, and scored very fast 12 points. The German team was threatening when it exploded the vein of the triples, tuned in its defense, started stealing balls and defined the Serbian Lucic as scorer. The Germans were only four points in the third quarter (51-47). It was after his coach, Dejan Radoncic, became convinced that neither the ex-Koponen nor the former NBA player and number two of the draft of 2011, Derrick Williams, had their best day.
He gave them a second chance and both of them relapsed, while Tomic and Singleton returned to push their team (63-52). The Croatian center was especially inspired, with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. He did not lower the piston despite the blow he took shortly before the break when Koponen caught on his right ankle.
The inner game of Barcelona was far superior to that of Bayern. Singleton scored one of his best performances of Barca with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Oriola also contributed 10 points and four, as the Slovenian forward Blazic, with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, to remove before the Loose Kuric day. The control of the rebound (34-18) was another key to Barça's triumph. That superiority downplayed their poor success in the triples (5 of 19). Of all and of all he needed Barcelona to vanish his fears.
Other results: Panathinaikos, 102; Herbalife Gran Canaria, 87. CSKA, 79; Darussafaka, 75. Buducnost, 68; Maccabi, 78. Today: Real Madrid-Baskonia (21.00, Movistar +).