84-74: An injured Barça takes the lead in the playoff

A Barça wounded he drew self-esteem to save a delicate situation just after the setback suffered in the Final
Four. A stumble at the start of this express playoff could have serious consequences and those of JasikeviciusAware of this, they applied themselves in an exercise of seriousness and solvency to win 84-74 and score 1-0 in this best-of-three series.

Both teams will meet this Thursday in Badalona and, if a third game is necessary, on Saturday again at the Blaugrana.

Bolmaro, with 16 points, he was once again one of Barça’s benchmarks in a night of rotation and opportunities for many, especially after the loss of Calathes for the ankle injury. Pau
Gasoline (14) played one of his best games and also notable was the contribution of Smits in the final stretch to sentence. The Joventut it was sustained thanks to Tomic (17) sometimes and to the impudence and quality of Dimitrijevic (16).

Barça started focused and willing to pay for the broken dishes of the Final Four by Joventut. The success of Higgins Y Abrines in the triples they gave impulse to those of Jasikevicius (10-2) who soon found relief in attack with Pau Gasoline Y Bolmaro in stellar plan. Joventut based their attack on Tomic but suffered a lot on defense and with early losses that suggested a repeat of the three previous derbies this season.

The green and black, however, showed pride and recovered with the start of the rotation. Fortune Y López-Arostegui They changed the face of the team back and Dimitrijevic began to do mischief in his penetrations. With some triple between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the last one, it would go from the maximum difference (26-15) to the advantage of the Badalonese (31-34) after a 5-19 run. The Penya came to command by five (33-38) in a phase of confusion of the Barça in attack.

Bolmaro trying to save a ball.

Bolmaro trying to save a ball.

The visiting interiors knew how to stop Davies within the zone and had to be Hanga Y Kuric those who appeared before the break to regain command (40-38).

The inertia was taken advantage of by Barça at the start of the third quarter, signing an 11-0 run. The Penya, who had lost just two balls in the first half, chained four at the start of this period and, with triples of Bolmaro Y Davies local incomes have already skyrocketed beyond ten points (56-46).

In the attempt to look for revulsives, Carles
Last He resorted to a 3-2 zone, emulating what Zenit did at the Palau and that somewhat stopped Barça’s offensive escalation but it was not possible for him to reduce to less than 10 (60-50).

In the last quarter the Joventut got desperate with some refereeing decisions, which cost him a couple of techniques, and broke down with the triples of Smits Y Bolmaro. The Latvian was important for Barça to control the rebound and expand the shooting range on a night when it was necessary to be very focused. The Penya, with details in some phases, it will need more consistency to have a chance to tie the series.

[+] Pau returned in style on his return to the ACB playoffs:

Pau's great game on his return to the ACB League playoffs

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