Al Bara could be overcome by the tremendous level of energy exhibited by the rival, lethal in the triples in the third quarter
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This time there was no place for another impossible comeback. The Baskonia, by the hand of a very inspiration Rokas Giedaritis (20 points, 25 assessment), perfectly accompanied by Wade Baldwin, Matt Costello, Simone Fontecchio Y Steven Enoch, harshly punished Bara and they condemn him to a crude and unmitigated defeat (94-75). On the Barça side, only Nikola Mirotic (19 points, 20 rating), Nicols Laprovittola, Rokas Jokubaitis, a little lurching, and Sertac sanli They lived up to what was expected by the always demanding Sarunas Jasikevicius. Bad time to hesitate. Embarrassed, the Lithuanian snapped before the cameras as soon as the duel ended.
Nothing foreshadowed the outcome at the start. Baskonia, who came to the match as the last classified in the Euroleague, and Bara, who did it as leader, starred in a very tight first quarter in which, in the end, only by three points, the victory went to the Catalans (20-23). All had a lot to do with the inspiration of Laprovittola, shielded in this case by Mirotic and Sanli. On the local side, meanwhile, Giedraitis, Baldwin and Granger were most responsible for the team that incidentally led David Gil again to remain firmly in the game.
Things did not start well for Vitoria in the second quarter, but very soon the figure of Matt Costello, vital in this period, will emerge to strike the first blow on the local table. Baskonia, with a 16-0 run in which Michigan’s team had a lot to do with it, author of 11 points in this second period, He was able to take advantage of the apparent blackout in attack by the Barça fans to go to half-time with a six-point advantage in the light (40-34). Those of Jasikevicius, able to score only 11 points, could only respond timidly to the local flood to minimize a distance that reached 10 points.
The worst for the Catalans, however, it will arrive after the break. The Baskonia, absolutely lethal on triples in the third quarter, hand in hand, above all, with a Giedraitis who met again with his best version and a Fontecchio who was also extremely plugged in, punished Bara harshly with a incontestable partial of 34-20. To the people of Vitoria, simply, everything is salted. The visitors, on the other hand, despite the fact that they recovered some sensations in attack, the tremendous level of energy exhibited by a rival was able to them, who, in addition, knew how to take advantage of the urgencies to score from those of Jasikevicius to add even more salt in the game. wound.
The duel reached the last quarter completely decided. Baskonia, far from being carried away by complacency, maintained the level of demand to give up the final score by the minimum (20-21), despite the fact that He got to leave by 26 on the scoreboard, and finally take a revitalizing 94-75 win against Bara who, in this way, has seen his winning streak broken in the worst possible way and thus ends the year with a bitter aftertaste.
Reference from elmundo