EurleagueFinished This is how it was
Quarter-scorers25 – 2617 – 2116 – 1515 – 20Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena
Barça secured first place in the regular phase of the Euroleague with a victory on the court of Fenerbahçe (73-82). The defensive efficiency of the team led by Saras Jasikevicius , which only received 31 points in the second half, the 14 offensive rebounds he captured and the offensive spark provided by the triples, especially from Kuric and Westermann, cemented his resounding victory. It was number 24 in the 33 days played, which places the Barça team as the first classified in the regular phase whatever happens on the last day, which takes place next week and in which they host Bayern Munich in the Palau Blaugrana.
The game did not start well for the leader. Serbian forward Marko Guduric got off to a good start and beat Higgins. It took Barça to read the defense of the Turkish team, who dominated by six points during a couple of moments in the first quarter. Kuric's offensive explosion, infallible in his first three triples, the improvement in defense and the contribution from the bench of an accurate Westermann as few times and Hanga and Claver, decisive in defensive efficiency, changed the dynamics of the game. Fenerbahçe soon lost Vesely, who suffered a sprain and was unable to return to the pitch. But the Turkish team found in O'Queen a revulsive attack, also encouraged by the triples of Pierre and Eddie. He took advantage again in the third quarter (56-51) .
From that moment, Barça, launched by the energy and the success of Hanga, Davies and Smits opened the gap (61-71) and dominated the end of the game . Neither Claver, who was eliminated very early, penalized for a rigorous technical foul, nor De Colo, who suffered a blow to one knee with four minutes remaining, could not be in that final stretch. Barça signed a regular phase in which they can already say that they have been the best. Now, a quarter-final awaits him in which his rival will come out of the four teams fighting for the two tickets still in play, Real Madrid, Baskonia, Valencia and Zenit.
Fenerbahçe, 73; Barcelona, 82
Fenerbahçe: De Colo (12), Mahmutoglu (3), Guduric (19), Vesely (2), Duverioglu (0) –starting team-; Brown (2), O'Queen (17), Biberovic (0), Pierre (10), Barthel (5), Sipahi (0) and Eddie (3).
Barça: Calathes (5), Higgins (9), Abrines (4), Mirotic (12), Oriola (2) -starting team-; Davies (13), Westermann (9), Hanga (5), Bolmaro (0), Smits (4), Kuric (16) and Claver (3). Partial
s: 25-26, 17-21, 16-15 and 15-20.
Referees: Lottermoser, Koromilas and Peerandi. They eliminated Claver (m. 31) for five fouls, including a technique.
Ulker Sports from Istanbul. About 1,000 spectators. 33rd round of the Euroleague.
Classification 1st Barça (24 victories and 9 defeats); 2nd CSKA Moscow (22-10); 3rd Anadolu Efes (22-11); 4th Fenerbahçe (20-13); 5th Armani Milan (20-13); 6th Bayern Munich (20-13); 7th Real Madrid (18-14); 8th Zenith (18-14); 9th Baskonia (18-15); 10th Valencia (18-15); 11th Zalgiris (16-17); 12th Olympiacos (14-17); 13th Maccabi (13-18); 14th Villeurbanne (12-20); 15th Panathinaikos (11-20); 16th Alba Berlin (11-22); 17th Red Star (10-23); 18th Khimki (4-28)
Thursday, April 1
Baskonia, 101; Anadolu, 111
Panathinaikos, 86; Milan, 83
Bayern, 71; Zalgiris, 70
Red Star, 76; Maccabi, 64
Friday April 2
CSKA Moscow, 97-Khimki, 72
Zenit, 87; Villeurbanne, 53
Alba Berlin, 86; Valencia, 90
Fenerbahçe, 73; Barça, 82
Real Madrid-Olympiacos (21.00)
Fenerbahçe-Real Madrid (19.45)
Alba-Red Star (20.00)
Valencia- Baskonia (21.00)
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