Tenerife has a crazy finish and Barça falls for the first time

Txus Vidorreta's team was more focused than the Catalans, where Pesic reserved all his holders for the semifinals on Sunday.


Two free throws by Fran Guerra, five tenths of a second to the end of the clash has allowed Iberostar Tenerife to beat Barça (86-87) for the first time in the fifth game of Group A of the Final Phase where the insulars have shown more focused than the azulgrana who also had their options to win after a very irregular game, with many errors (167 losses for Pesic and 14 for Vidorreta) .

A game without an audience where nobody plays anything, but one of the teams is Barça has an added incentive: the shouts, with reason from Svetislav Pesic, who in the first half were even heard on the beach of La Malvarrosa. And it is that today, the Serbian technician has bet with the unusual players, those who have fewer minutes and has despaired in the first half, with combinations of 'fives' that will not be seen and more this season, and not in the next , with Mirotic, Pangos, Higgins, Claver and Hanga as luxury spectators. Ahead, the Iberostar Tenerife was pounding little by little, forcing losses (9 in the first half) to the azulgrana and endorsing him 9 triples of 16 attempts, against a weak and disorganized defense.

Barça started well with Oriola and Davies intimidating in the area (13-9, m.5). From there the rotations without the usual ones descended even more to those of Pesic, who saw how Konate, Lundberg and Gielo led a wide 17-25 at halftime. And worse, he could not go in the second quarter and as Pesic defined the rivals: 'the globetrotters of Tenerife', today without Shermanidi, White, and their captain Marcelinho, but with Álex López, Fran Guerra and Álex Suárez scoring from 6.75 to place a resounding 32-47 (m.19) and luck that Leandro Bolmaro was tuned at the end reaching the break with 37-47.

Bronca de Pesic in the intermission and Barcelona's reaction from the defense, closing the rival pass lines, stealing balls (7) and launching the offensive transitions with Kuric scoring eight points in a row and Davies five more to tie with a mate (54-54 , m.26) after a partial 17-7. And forty seconds to the end of the fourth, Bolmaro's third triple advanced to Barça for the first time after 25 minutes (61-58), but Nick Zeisloft balanced with another (61-61) .

Everything was going to be decided in the last quarter, but Pesic's defense had stopped the bleeding of the Tenerife outside shot (2 of 9 in the third quarter), forcing 8 losses to those of Txus Vidorreta. And in the continuation, two more triples from Zeisloft and baskets from Guerra and Lundberg forced Pesic to stop the match (64-71, m.33) after several errors in attack and defensive relaxation to his team.

Heurtel returned to the axis of the Barcelona attack and the team gained in speed, also returning Oriola and Davies (69-71, m.35), but errors continued in attack and Tenerife reopened the gap (69-77, m. 36). Álex Abrines entered the court or Pau Ribas and with two triples in a row Barça and Kuric's basket equalized again (77-77, m.38) and Davies, unstoppable put Barça back on top (79-77, m.39) . Tenerife reacted again with two free throws by Salin and a triple by Konate to advance (79-82) at 1:12 to the end and Pesic stopped the crash. Zeistloft missed a triple and two free kicks from Kuric and Davies' basket turned the score (83-829 with 17 seconds left.

Vidorreta asked for time and Lundberg forced Abrines' foul for a 2 + 1 (83-85) with seven seconds to go. In the following action Brandon Davies forced another 2 + 1 to establish the 86-85 with three seconds to go, but this was not over and Fran Guerra forced the foul on Davies, with the time with five tenths, for two shots free who decided the match (86-87) .



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