Barça overcame their bad first half, the exciting roulette that was experienced at the Palau with the end of the 40 minutes of rigor and the extension. He shot down an Olympiacos that made an extraordinary impression, in keeping with the recently started European path that curiously faced him against the Spanish teams, with very convincing victories against Baskonia and Real Madrid, and a defeat at the Palau in which he sold very dearly. your skin.
Barcelona ended up winning in an exciting final, with a missed shot by Higgins that could mean defeat with eight seconds remaining in extra time. But at 77-78 Oriola fought for the rebound and took a personal foul from Fall’s defense that allowed him to go to the free throw line. The azulgrana captain scored both shots and with the score at 79-78 Sloukas the last shot was played and missed. It was the final point of an intense and evenly matched duel, although it also experienced extraordinary ups and downs.
Calathes maintained the constants of the Barça team with 9 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, and Mirotic resurfaced from the ashes to finish with 22 points and 6 rebounds, a game that started very badly, surpassed by Vezenkov.
Barcelona demonstrated its ability to react after an unfocused staging, docked in attack, dominated by up to eight points (19-27). Mirotic only scored one point in the first half and the Blaugrana team missed the 12 triples he threw. After the break, Barcelona’s reaction was brilliant. He revived his offensive rhythm, tired and very bad at the beginning because in addition to the triples he failed a series of apparently easy trays. Olympiacos defense and their long attacks were predictable. Fall imposed her height and intimidation under the hoops. But the reprisal of Barcelona in that third quarter when Kuric and Mirotic opened the spigot of the triples allowed them to go from dominated to dominator (58-49), after another burst of triples by Higgins, Laprovittola and Oriola.
Olympiacos was rebuilt thanks to an offensive repertoire in which Sloukas, Dorsey or McKissic were capable of unbalancing the Barça defense that had suffered so much before with Fall. Equality returned, Larantzakis missed a triple in the absence of 33 seconds that he could sentence. Kuric answered with a basket that tied the game at 67 without Sloukas and Higgins in the last ten seconds being able to avoid extra time. Barça seemed to have the game in hand without having to wait until the end when they dominated 75-70 with two minutes to go. But the Olympiacos defense and points from McKissic, Sloukas and Dorsey put the Greek team within a finger of victory (77-78). Oriola’s providential rebound, his success from the free throw line and the ultimate failure of Sloukas led to Barça’s third victory and Olympiacos’ first defeat.
Barcelona, 79; Olympiacos, 78
Barcelona: Calathes (9), Higgins (11), Hayes-Davis (2), Mirotic (22), Davies (10) -starting team-; Smits (0), Oriola (7), Laprovittola (7), Kuric (9) and Jokubaitis (2).
Olympiacos: Walkup (6), Dorsey (12), Vezenkov (12), Papanikolau (0), Fall (11) -starting team-; Larentzakis (6), Sloukas (14), Martin (2), Printezis (0), Jean-Charles (5) and McKissic (10).
Partials: 10-17, 17-15, 28-15, 12-20 and in overtime
Referees: Difallah, Paternico and Vilius. Eliminated by fouls Davies (m. 38) and Larentzakis (m.43).
Palau Blaugrana. 3,086 spectators. Third day of the Euroleague.
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