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Marker by quarters22 – 2323 – 1717 – 1818 – 9Palau Blaugrana
Mirotic does not allow himself a break even before the less transcendent matches. Barça thanked him because, thanks in large part to his star, he overcame the opposition of an Alba from Berlin (80-67) who, despite not having any chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals, sold his skin very expensive. The team led by Aíto García Reneses put up a fierce resistance and Barça arrived very demanding and uncomfortable in the last quarter. But Mirotic gave a last stretch and Alba broke down.
Barça definitively closed the tap in defense and the German team only scored nine minutes in the last ten minutes. The victory, in addition to keeping Barça in the lead, already assures them, with three days to go to the end of the regular phase, a place among the top four, or what is the same, it assures them the advantage of the court in the quarterfinal playoffs that begin on April 20, the best of five games
Barça needed the constant flow of points and rebounds from Mirotic, a phenomenal from Davies in the third quarter and the contribution in rebounds, points and mobility within the Oriola area to finish making a difference. Alba Berlin , with a very intense pace of play, a very active defense and sometimes in the zone, commanded at the beginning (12-16) and then spent the first three quarters doing the rubber. Davies added two fouls very quickly, Jasikevicius switched to Abrines in the second minute, Barça did not force personal fouls until well into the second quarter. Those small details showed his discomfort before a team that as soon attacked from the inside with the giant of Chad, Koumade, as it struck from the outside with the Swede and former blue Eriksson.
The emergence of Kuric, with seven points in the blink of an eye (29-23) and the stretches of Oriola and Mirotic (38-30) relieved the Barça team. But Alba returned to the charge (40-40) and with a bit of Thiemman, another bit of Sikma and Giffey, kept their swords high despite Davies burning up in the third quarter (62-58). The last face of Mirotic and the defensive efficiency of Barça definitively marked from the beginning of the last quarter (69-58).
Barça, 80; Alba Berlin, 67
Barça: Calathes (2), Hanga (7), Abrines (0), Mirotic (26), Oriola (13) -starting team-; Davies (12), Westermann (0), Smits (5), Sergi Martínez (5), Kuric (10) and Claver (0).
Alba Berlin: Granger (4), Delow (3), Fontecchio (6), Sikma (9), Lammers (8) -start team-; Siva (8), Giffey (7), Eriksson (8), Matisseck (0), Olinde (0), Koumadje (6) and Thiemann (8) Partial
s: 22-23, 23-17, 17-18 and 18-9.
Referees: Latiseus, Bissang and Kadum.
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