The draw of the Copa del Rey from Malaga he gave that Barça Y Real Madrid they could not face in the final, as had happened in recent years. But neither will the faces be seen in the semifinals because the Valencia Basket He finished with the current champion, whom he threw on the ditch after dominating the game for the last fifteen minutes. The players of Jaume Ponsarnau they won with justice (78-82) a clash where he based his success on a choral performance, with 16 points of Mike Tobey, 13 of Bojan Dubljevic and 12 of Doornekamp His rival on Saturday in the semifinals will leave Real Madrid-Bilbao Basket.
First quarter. Overwhelming start, lethal response.
The Barca team entered the game as a hurricane. In just a minute and a half he achieved a partial 8-0 thanks to the triples of Delaney and Claver and the success under the ring of Mirotic. Vivies answered for him Valencia (8-3) but Claver answered with another triple (11-3). The whole of Ponsarnau adjusted his defense, until that moment too condescending, and reacted in a portentous way. Sastre and San Emeterio, the latter with five consecutive points, showed the way (13-12, min. 6), but Claver, in his last success, gave another respite to those of Pesic (16-12). Actually it was the last one, because until the end of the first quarter, the taronjas were a cyclone and achieved a partial 0-7 coinciding with the entrance on the track of Quino Colom that led them to close the first act ahead on the scoreboard ( 18-19).
Second bedroom. A partial demolition of 0-20
The Valencia Basket He did not slow down at the start of the second quarter. Doornekamp, Tobey and Abalde raised the partial demolition to 0-20 which placed the score at 18-32. But if Barça has something, it is patience. Brandon Davies and Cory Higgins joined the attack while the defense grew. The Valencian team moved the ball fluently around the perimeter, but no longer threw comfortable. Its interiors were left without capacity to generate game and the exteriors drowned. Gillem Vives, with two free throws, put the 30-38, but in the final stages of this quarter Barça came to match the clash with a partial 8-0 that broke on the Doornekamp horn with a triple (38-41) , the eighth of 15 attempts for the Valencians. But if something stood out in this first period it was the ability of Valencia bench players to generate points (23 for only 5 of the Catalans).
Third quarter. Dubljevic, imbalancing factor
Mirotic warmed up at the start of the third quarter, but Valencia Basket, after overcoming a crisis, regained good feelings with Dubljevic in charge of operations. The Montenegrin pivot went out of the area to score from triple and match the clash in a critical moment for your team (50-50). With Quino Colom in the direction came again the joy to the Valencian fans, who began to believe that this time it was possible to be in the semifinals of the tournament. The world champion base put 52-62 with a triple for conclude this period with a disturbing 52-64 that left the Catalans engaged in the comeback.
When time is running out ...
The pivot feints the shot and nails the triplazo.
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Barça consumed its failure in a last quarter heartbreaking. He was almost always below 10 points and only one discussed Claver unsportsmanlike and triple foul gave him a glimmer of hope (61-68, min. 34). With Delaney, who had been key in the comeback of the second quarter, too long on the bench, the Ponsarnau block ended up breaking the crash. He played with the anxiety of his rival and the inability of his coach to change the pace. 23 seconds from the end, an unsportsmanlike foul by Doornekamp put the score on 72-78 after missing a free kick Mirotic. Then, Abrines scored under basket (74-78) in a defensive error of the Valencians caused an unexpected end according to the development that had the game. Hanga, 10 seconds from the end, scored a triple (74-79) after not previously pointing out the colleges an unsportsmanlike foul by Mirotic. Afterwards, Doornekamp had a sentence within 7 seconds of the end, but failed a free kick and granted another occasion to Baça (77-80). The suspense remained until the end. At 1.8 Higgins had two free throws. He scored the first and threw the second to fail. The bounce was hunted by Abalde, who was fouled and sealed the pass to the semifinals of the Valencians with two pitches (77-82).
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