The 8 triples of Higgins give Barça a suffered victory

The escort scored 24 points, all from the 6.75 line in a game decided in the last quarter and in which the triple record equaled 36.


If Slaughter had thrown a few inches behind the suspension shot that put the final 95-100, the combined triple record between two teams in a single game would have been broken. 36 were those who scored between Barça and Betis on the eighth day of the Endesa League, 18 per head. The maximum mark was matched and almost overcame, but Slaughter was treading and left the locals with nothing to celebrate (neither record nor victory) in a duel in which they can be proud of the performance shown before a colossus like Barça, that despite having the best squad in Europe does not stop having difficulties in the domestic competition.

And that this time it seemed that the story was going to be different. Those of Pesic began plugged in and with a partial 0-12 culminated with the first of the 8 triples that Cory Higgins scored in the clash. The former CSKA, one of the top signings of Barça during the summers, finished the game in 24 points, all from the 6.75 line, a rarity rarely seen that hammered Betis and allowed visitors to gain victory .

Before that they were seen and desired. The dead time requested by Curro Segura de-numbered his legs and wrists, which went down five at the end of the first quarter (23-28) after arriving to command 16-14 in which it was the only advantage they had in a meeting where they were always there: 45-48 at half-time and a new reaction in the middle of the third period, in which Barça got to go up 13 (the maximum of the crash) and, again, did not finish. Segura's new downtime and a new reaction that left his team at 9 (69-78) with 10 minutes left. A bigger but salvageable advantage after all.

Betis had his options. Spurred by Obi Enechionyia, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half (4 of 7 in triples) he came to three points with less than 7 minutes (77-80) and with just 6 (80-83). Two triples followed by Higgins gave air to Barça and even though the Andalusians would keep trying they failed to be so close again. They approached 6 in the absence of 3 minutes (85-91) but the eighth and final triple of Higgins put an end to the Betic rebellion, which showed a great image against the Catalans.

Higgins, who with his 8 triples achieved the third best mark ever, was accompanied by Nikola Mirotic, who left at 19 points (with 3 rebounds and 3 assists) and 20 valuation. Delaney, with 16 goals, also stood out against Betis, who had Enechionyia, Slaughter (24) and Rivers (18) as the most outstanding players.

With this victory, Barça secures third place in the Endesa League and continues to stalk the second position occupied by Casademont Zaragoza, who will continue in the same place win or lose his game today (against Joventut at 17) for having won the azulgrana (89-83) in his particular duel). Betis continues to fool with the relegation places (2-6 record, last-second) in a classification that is still led by Real Madrid, which plays at 18:30 against Unicaja in the WiZink Center with the intention of continuing unbeaten in domestic competition



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