Mirotic gives Barça the victory against Unicaja

Alberto Díaz tries to pass the ball to Nick Calathes.

Barça won this Thursday 70-77 at BarçaUnicaja(24 points and a PIR of 29) in a match where the Blaugranas were inferior to the Malagueños in the first half, but they knew how to physically impose themselves in the second against an opponent who still did not know the victory in the Endesa League.

On the floor of a silent Martín Carpena and under the watchful eye of the national coach, Sergio Scariolo, was presented a good Unicaja who started leading and took advantage of the losses Barça’s initials to send 13-7 with a great triple by Tim Abromaitis in the middle of the first quarter.

The greens fought for the offensive rebound and maintained a very high level, which allowed them to cope with ease before an opaque Blaugrana quintet on a defensive level and, although they had moments in which they dispelled their doubts, Unicaja did not fail from the 6.75 line and went to second partial with an advantage of +5 (21-16).

Luis Casimiro’s approach to Sarunas Jasikevicius’s team continued to work in the second quarter, where the inside game of the composer team shone, who was able to make the maximum of the match thanks to the success of Darío Brizuela with two minutes remaining (38-25).

Barça reacted with the wrist of Álex Abrines and tried to bring out its full potential before the final horn, which meant an improvement at the offensive level and the sum of points to reach the break with a 38-32 and everything to be decided in the second part.

He third quarter was the resurgence of the culé offensive game and the fall of the malagueños. Nikola Mirotic began to score accompanied by Abrines and in minute 25 Barcelona already had half a task done (45-44).

Unicaja sank with 12 losses while the Catalans liked each other more and more, although they also accumulated 11 losses. Luis Casimiro did not find mobility and the way to the basket became complicated. While Mirotic made the most of free throws, the locals saw how they moved away from the level presented in the first half (49-54).

The malacitano physicist did not hold, with 14 points in 13 minutes of the entire second half, the instructions of the composer coach were not used to face a Barça that was increasingly comfortable and further away on the scoreboard (52-80 min. 33).

The Andalusian drought was stopped by Brizuela, the best of the Costa del Sol with 13 points and a balsamic triple, immediately answered by Abrines in the same terms (57-65).

With 40 seconds left, Mirotic sentenced with a basket under the ring (68-76) and Jasikevicius’s men took Malaga’s second victory of the season and left Unicaja with a sunken head and without knowing the taste of winning in the 2020/21 season (70-79).

Data sheet:

70-Unicaja (21 + 17 + 11 + 21): Bouteille (11), Brizuela (17), Mekel (9), Abromaitis (5), Gerun (8) -starting five- Díaz (2), Waczynski (2), Thompson (5), Alonso (8), Sánchez ( 0), Guerrero (3) and Nzosa (0).

79-Barça Basket (16 + 16 + 22 + 25): Abrines (21), Pustovyi (2), Bolmaro (2), Calathes (3), Mirotic (24) -starting five- Hanga (5), Badio (0), Davies (8); HiggIns (0), Oriola (5), Smits (0) and Heurtel (9).

Referees: Rial, Bultó and Cortés. Without eliminated

Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 2 of the Endesa League played at the José María Martín Carpena pavilion behind closed doors.


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