Nick Calathes starts off on the right foot as a Barça player

MoraBanc dominated Jasikevicius' Barça for 33 minutes, with Haukur Palsson devastating (5 triples), but the Barça guard (13 points in the fourth quarter) was lethal.

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The great performance of Nick Calathes in the last quarter of the match, with 13 points, was decisive, to decide for Barça (82-90) a match that was dominated for the most part by a very fighter Morabanc Andorra and with the Icelandic Haukur Palsson called to be his reference next season.

2,625 days have passed since Sarunas Jasikevicius played his last match with Barça. It was on June 19, 2013 at the Wizink Center in Madrid against Real Madrid in the fifth game of the final playoff of the ACB League of that season and that ended with a Madrid victory by 79-71 that gave them the title.

Tonight he returned to the Barça bench, now as a coach, to lead a new project and he did so with a long-suffering victory. As the coach had already advanced, the preseason should serve to shoot players who in the past had had fewer minutes and also to test their only signing, Nick Calathes, who came out in the starting five.The Catalans, with Niko Mirotic inspired, went RON fast ahead (8-18, min, 15), but the rotations and triples of the Icelandic Hakur Palsson, one of the Andorran signings this season, and Bandja Sy, led to a 11-0 partial to close the first quarter with Andorran advantage (18-19) .

The outside shot by MoraBanc destroyed Barça's defense and Palsson's fourth triplet led to the maximum local advantage (33-24, min.15) until then. Barça reacted through Brandon Davies and Roland Smits to cut at half-time (41-35) .

Mirotic, Davies and Hanga gave another push (48-45, min. 24) at the beginning of the third quarter, but it was a mirage because the triples of Clevin Hannah, Palsson, Sergi García and Senglin opened a new gap (61-51, min . 28), which Tyson Pérez led to the maximum of the match (67-56, min. 30) .

In the last quarter, Barça pressed on defense and the actions of the young Senegalese center of Barça, Ibou Badji (18 years and 2.16), along with two triples in a row by his Barça B teammate, Brancou Badio (21 and 1, 91) turned the score around (72-75), led by an extraordinary Nick Calathes, with 13 points in this quarter, to leave the score at an already clear 76-85 (min. 37) .

There ended the Andorran resistance, which already lost strength in the triples (12 in the first three quarters and only one in the last), which in this quarter conceded a resounding 15-32 to leave the scoreboard in the final 82-90. The loss of Moussa Diagné in Andorra was more noticeable than those of Higgins and Kuric in Barça, which has a larger squad.

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