Barça overwhelms the Estu after the Classic and without Nikola Mirotic

Good reaction from Barça after falling in Madrid. Mirotic was low by flu and Davies assumed his weight in attack. Three defeats followed by Estu.


Third defeat followed by Movistar Estudiantes (94-72) against a much higher Barcelona, especially in the rebound (42 to 22), which led him to add 44 points in the Madrid team's painting.

With lethal Brandon Davies (20 points and 4 rebounds), supported by Tomic (10 and 6) and Oriola (9 and 8), the clash was always Barca.

Aleksandar Dzikic's team was too intermittent. Dario Brizuela did not have his day, Juan Palacios (18 points) and Phil Pressey (15) endured the team. Phil Scrubb added 18 points, but 13 achieved them in the last quarter with everything decided

The shock of the shock was the discarding of Nikola Mirotic, due to a flu process, but also a wise decision by coach Svetislav Pesic to try to give him both physical and mental rest after the controversies of the last days.

The positive thing for the Barca coach was to have Pau Ribas again, who already returned last Thursday in Madrid, but today he has returned to the Palau where he has not played since the end of last season

Barça came out willing to decide on the fast track (10-2, m.3). The students could not stop the local offensive that, through Hanga, Oriola, Tomic, Higgins and a triple of Pau Ribas in his entry into play, two minutes to the end of the room, with a triple placed a clear 28-16 (m.9) .

Brandon Davies extended the home advantage (30-16, m.10) and was a triple by Phil Pressey that closed the period (30-19) .

Students did not give up and the protagonist of the start of the second quarter was the veteran Colombian Spanish forward of the Madrid team Juan Palacios. With nine almost straight points left the score at 34-30 (m.15) .

Malcolm Delaney and Oriola relieved Ribas and Smits and the visitor reaction was cut off arriving at the break with a tranquilizer 42-32.

A triple of Abrines opened the third quarter, but it would be an unstoppable Davies who overthrew the student painting (62-42, m.26). Serbian coach Aleksander Dzikic had to stop the game because only Palacios was right in his attack, while the Catalans totally dominated the rebound (30 to 17) .

A triple of Hanga led to the Barca maximum (65-42), but actions by Canadian Phil Scrubb and Pressey cut at the end of the quarter (70-50) .

Pesic continued to move the bench with constant rotations, thinking about the Euroleague double day next week and this allowed to wake up Scrubb -13 points in this room- (77-62, m.33). Pesic put Artem Pustovyi on track for the first time this season and it was triple Kuric and Bolmaro who left things in their place (83-62, m.35) .

With 89-67 (m.37) the pace of play fell but it would be Pustovyi - seven points today - that closed the game (94-72) .



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