Oriola surpasses Hines.
Ettore Messina and Sergio Rodríguez's Armani Milan is one of the teams that sets the pace in this Euroleague without an audience that is already starting to leave the starting grid ready for the quarterfinals. He was, along with Anadolu Efes and CSKA Moscow, one of the firm candidates to argue with Barça the first place in which he has been installed almost all season. But the duel they fought in the Mediolanum left the Italian team very badly affected, which crashed with the defense and the excellent collective performance of a full Barça (56-72).
The magnitude of the thrashing was such that the entire last quarter was turned into a triumphant ride for the Barça team, with advantages of 20 points (46-66) when there were still five minutes to go. The Barça defense, in the zone during many phases, reduced the Italian team to ashes. He averaged almost 82 points. For the first time this season he did not even reach 60 points. Used to hitting 3-pointers, this time he only hit two of the 15 times he threw from maximum distance. The intimidation of the defense of the Barça began to see to the first of change. Calathes fed Oriola and Davies to box near the Italian rim. Milan only revived when Jeremy Evans and Sergio Rodríguez came to the fore (23-19). Mirotic, at zero until then, scored eight points almost in a row and, with Calathes's handling, Hanga's energy and rebounding dominance, Barça began to put distance (29-38) .
Panther, Shields, Leday, Los Milan's top scorers weren't able to ignite. The Italian team missed the former blue Malcom Delaney, absent due to injury. A bad sign for the team led by Ettore Messina, who did not know how to remedy their lack of gunpowder and their inferiority in almost all indicators. He barely survived thanks to not missing a single one of his 20 free throws. But it was inferior in all other respects. Barça made the difference in Milan.
Armani Milan, 56; Barça, 72
Armani Milan: Roll (0), Punter (7), Micov (6), Leday (8), Hines (4) –starting team-; Moraschini (8), Sergio Rodríguez (0), Shields (10), Brooks (2), Evans (9) and Datome (2)
Barça: Calathes (0), Higgins (6), Abrines (6), Mirotic (15), Oriola (6) -starting team-; Davies (8), Westermann (5), Hanga (11), Bolmaro (0), Smits (6), Kuric (2) and Claver (7). Partial
s: 12-15, 17-23, 15-17 and 12-17.
Referees: Belosevic, Javor and Hordov.
Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Behind closed doors. 30th day of the Euroleague.
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