Barça stops TD Systems Baskonia's comeback

The visitors managed to tie a game that they started losing 25-4, but were deflated in the end. They end their winning streak in the Euroleague.


TD Systems Baskonia could not add the sixth consecutive victory in the Euroleague because they had a disastrous first quarter, but also because this Barça is a very competitive team. The Catalans threw overboard a 21-point lead achieved in the first quarter, but when the game reached the decisive phase they did not fail: Mirotic, Higgins, Davies ... the important men appeared when they had to appear. Those of Baskonia, who were at a great level during the comeback, faded in the end.

Evidently Barça's excellent defense had to do with the part of the first quarter (25-4) but Baskonia's disastrous attack was perhaps more to blame. The visiting team missed 16 of the 18 attempted shots (including free throws) and lost countless balls. Nor did he control the rebound. At the beginning Barça was not even particularly successful, but before the rival debacle, Jasikevicius's team fell apart. The headlines were obviously in, but so did Davies, Hanga and Bolmaro. In short, Barça found practically no opposition on the court.

No matter how little Baskonia did, it would improve the performance of the first quarter, but what few could foresee is that it would turn the game so quickly. But it is that everything that happened in the first 10 minutes was repeated in the seconds with the protagonists exchanged. Fall, Henry and Polonara appeared in attack, Baskonia hardened the defense and Barça made the hoop small. A blushing partial (4-22) who was in charge of Mirotic makeup on the brink of halftime (33-26) .

Mirotic and Vildoza's injury

One of the keys to the visitor's improvement was the contribution of Henry, practically omnipresent in attack, which revealed Calathes's bad performance. The Barça guard was an incarnation of the sentiment of his team, apathetic and erratic, who squandered his advantage in just over 25 minutes (40-40). Only Mirotic cared to stop the visitor's comeback, allowing a small advantage for Barça (50-45). Vildoza's injury also impaired Baskonia's capabilities.

Ivanovic's men had options to win the game for a good part of the last quarter, but the two pillars of Barça, Mirotic and Higgins, were not about to let them complete the comeback. In addition, the visitors failed in the decisive attacks, those that could put them within a reasonable distance on the scoreboard with three minutes remaining. In the end, Barça was even comfortable.

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