The Blaugrana maintain the pulse for the leadership of the European competition (96-73).
Without Brandon davies, released to play for Uganda, nor Nick calathes, who will be out for six weeks due to an injury to the fibula, and the already known absences of Alex Abrines and Cory Higgins, Bara took advantage of the outstanding performances of Pierre Oriola (13 points, 25 rating) and Rokas Jokubaitis (15 points, 20 rating) to win a resounding victory against Zalgiris at the Palau (96-73). Despite the fact that Sarunas Jasikevicius, surely, should not have been amused by the defensive performances that his own showed at some moments, the truth is that the Catalans took out the steamroller again. (Narration and statistics)
The visitors, despite everything, gave the first blow with a partial of 0-7 that allowed him to get ahead on the scoreboard with apparent comfort (5-11). His affront, so to speak, was perhaps what spurred the ruthless reaction of the Catalans. With Nikola Mirotic at the head, those of Jasikevicius They scored a 19-6 run that allowed them to reach the end of the first period with a clear advantage, perhaps more because of the sensations than because of the points (24-17).
The locals really took the steamroller out in the second period. To such an extent that they may have been a little careless in defensive tasks. Through an inspired Oriola, to which the opportune triples of Sergi Martinez and Nigel Hayes, Bara achieved a maximum advantage of 17 points (44-27) that Zalgiris managed to respond in time to not leave the game completely. In spite of everything, the 52-38 that appeared in the light at half-time did not bode well for the Lithuanians and a new Barcelona exhibition.
The omens were not fully realized in the third quarter. Despite the fact that Sertac Sanli showed off his best assets at times, the Catalans were unable to completely break the game. Zalgiris, however, far from taking advantage of such a circumstance to gain confidence and dream of an at least tight finish, was not able to get decisively close to their rival on the scoreboard either. Two consecutive triples, by Rolands Smits and Jokubaitis, also meant that the locals managed to leave by 19 points in the light (75-56), something that Zoran dragic and Tai Webster, with two separate free throw failures, they failed to cut beyond 75-58.
The authentic comfort for the Catalans, who, once the first scare had been overcome, never really feared that the victory would escape them, came in the last quarter. Between Hayes, Jokubaitis and Oriola they opened a gap of 26 points (88-62) that led to the debut of two young homegrown players: Rafa Villar and James nnaji. The first, with a shot from beyond the 6.75 line, sealed the maximum Barcelona advantage (96-69). The second, despite his dedication and desire, remained on the other hand without scoring and Karolis Lukosiunas, in a final break from the visitors, added four points that would leave the scoreboard in the final 96-73 for the Barça fans.
Reference from elmundo