Too much Barça for a worthy Zaragoza

Hanga, with 17 points, and Davies, with 20, buried any option for the visitors to fight for the match, although they held out until the last act.


The Casademont Zaragoza match would be worth it to beat most of the competition's rivals, even to beat the Catalans on a gray day, but it was not enough to defeat a Barça that is already one of the most powerful teams in the world. continent. Whenever Zaragoza pressed, Barça responded and when the visitors failed, the Catalans did not forgive. With an excellent game from Hanga, added to the usual contribution of Mirtoic, Higgins or Davies, Ennis's points were not enough to fight for the victory.

Zaragoza's first quarter was more than remarkable, with excellent hitting percentages, running and punishing the counterattack and moving the ball with great dynamism in attack. 26 points (18 in the first five minutes) that however did not give him any advantage. Something unusual with the figures that Zaragoza managed, but in front was Barça.

With Calathes and Westermann out of the call, Jasikevicius opted for Hanga as a starting point guard. A choice that the Hungarian more than justified, abusing an overwhelming physical superiority and the usual accuracy in the shot. He was accompanied well by the stars of the team, Mirotic and Higgins, but the younger ones were missed. Also to Claver, who lacks minutes and filming to regain his best level.

Not only the hitting was the fault of the high score, but also the defensive facilities. The Zaragoza area left too many holes in the paint while Barça had a harder time defending the visitors' outside shot.

The main problem for Zaragoza, and the reason why Barça went to the break with an advantage, was that the visitors began to miss more shots, while Jasikevicius gave entry to Kuric. Five points in a row by the American opened a gap above the ten points that was responsible for propping up a good Bolmaro (55-44). Increasingly fine in the shot, the Argentine is in a clear ascending line.

Casademont Zaragoza was able to reduce the distance on the scoreboard thanks to Ennis, but also to his excellent counterattack. When they were able to run they not only hurt Barça, but they also made Jasikevicius desperate. He stopped the game with the visitors on their heels (63-60) but they were the last shouts that he directed at his team: Barça did not suffer again.

Y is that, in addition to quality and talent, this Barça also has a competitive character. Every time Zaragoza approached, the Catalans responded. Whether it was Mirotic, Abrines or Davies, big men always showed up when things got tough. And Hanga, the best yesterday, perfectly assumed the role that his coach gave him. The end of the game, already decided, was managed by Barça with a comfortable advantage that increased to 19 points (107-88) .

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