Barcelona goes back 22 points in Lugo to certify its leadership

ANDHe Bara secured first place in the regular phase of the Endesa League and, with it, the field factor, with a hurried comeback (72-74) against Río Breogn, who were up twenty-two before the break and entered with a fourteen advantage to the last quarter.

The people from Lugo, with the hope of reaching the playoff for the title, were ahead of almost the entire match, but they faded in attack in the last minutes (six points in the last quarter) and allowed the leader to take the victory.


The Argentine Nicols Laprovittola, after having plugged 26 points against Bayern in the Euroleague, scored the first five of his team in the Pazo dos Deportes, but found himself opposed by a coral Breogn, again without his MVP, Dzanan Musa, and without another of his references, Brings Bell-Haynes, but with a lot of sacrifice, pride and faith, supported by his fans.

Kalinoski lights the fuse for the Breogn River

Cruz and Kalinoski were the first to support the people of Lugo. Erik Quintela opened a four-point gap, but Barcelona neutralized it, and Breogn went for more. Two triples in a row by Kalinoski put him six up (20-14 m.8). Mrsic’s had scored 3 of 5 from 6.75; Bara, unknown, signed a 0-7.


The Uruguayan Agustán Ubal entered the track to face his team, who gave it to Breogn. The people from Lugo were solid. Two triples by Mahalbasic and another by Sergi Quintela, with an additional, with 1.8 seconds to go, put the Galicians with an eleventh lead (26-15) at the end of the first quarter.

Eight triples missed by Bara

Barcelona closed the first ten minutes without assists and with eight triples missed, none inside. Mahalbasic began the second act with another three-point shot (29-15) and Abrines corrected with two triples in a row, to which was added another by Smits (31-24, m.12).

It seemed that the azulgranas reacted. His coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius was warm. So much so that he cost him a technique after twelve minutes, coinciding with a basket by Ubal. The Breogn followed his men. Jankovic, with four points in a row, established a difference of seventeen points (43-26, m.18). The azulgranas had only committed six fouls. The Pazo was a party.


Veljko Mrsic’s men were binding the leader. They were up twenty-two (48-26, m.19) and came into the break with eighteen point lead. Barcelona had stayed in three of fifteen in triples, barely 20 percent success. Much to correct in the break.

Barcelona increased the intensity and fouls. Abrines, based on triples, narrowed the income of the locals, who with a basket by Laprovittola went to thirteen (53-40, m.24). Breogn tried to charge the player who was punishing him the most with fouls from 6.75 and had to ask for time-out when Sanli also added another three to put Jasikevicius’ men to twelve (57-45, m.27).

The people from Lugo endure the first Barça pull

The people from Lugo, with Ubal showing off, with self-confidence, endorsed him with a 4-0 win that also forced the Barcelona bench to stop the game. A three-pointer by Lukovic from home widened the set for the Lugo natives, which Sanli countered (64-50, m.28).


Breogn entered the last ten minutes fourteen up (66-52). Barcelona started a time trial. In less than two minutes he was already eight (67-59). The game began to drag on for the locals when Davies and Jokubaitis joined in. They also entered the bonus with more than six minutes left (69-63), the success did not accompany them and the leader got to three (69-66, m.35).

A heart-stopping ending

Mrsic intervened to cut the rhythm of the azulgranas. The people of Lugo clung to Mahalbasic, not very successful, but somewhat more than his colleagues. Barcelona got within one (72-71) with 1:16 remaining, Sergi Quintela missed two free throws and Higgins completed the comeback with 44 seconds left (72-73).

The Breogn continued denied in the rival ring. Despite that, a steal by Kalinoski allowed Mahalbasic to have a shot at victory, but he missed and Barcelona took him despite closing the match with two missed free throws by Poor Davies that Lukovic was able to penalize at the buzzer with a triple.

Technical sheet:

72 – River Breogn (26+22+18+6): Kacinas (-), Kalinoski (9), Sakho (4), Erik Quintela (11), Ivn Cruz (9) -initial five-, Mahalbasic (11), Sergi Quintela (11), Ubal (8), Lukovic (5 ), Jankovic (7).

74 – Bara (15+15+22+22): Davies (11), Hayes (5), Laprovittola (8), Kuric (6), Calathes (7) -starting five-, Sanli (6), Smits (3), Abrines (12), Higgins (8), Jokubaitis (8), Oriole (-).

referees: Jordi Aliaga, Joaquín García González and Iyn González.

Incidents: match of the thirty-second day of the Endesa League played at the Pazo dos Deportes de Lugo before some 5,000 spectators.

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