Barcelona reunites with its defense and suffocates Partizan

“We have to start defending better”assured jasikevicius on the eve of the game. It was a message with light and stenographs addressed to his players, who they still took so long to pay attention to their coachbut when they did, starting in the second quarter, heThe resistance of the Partizon was diluted until almost disappear (79-68).

Technical sheet

  • 79 – Bara (17+22+25+15): Satoransky (11), Laprovittola (13), Kalinic (9), Tobey (5), Sanli (8) -initial team-, Da Silva (5), Vesely ( 4), Abrines (6), Higgins (7), Kuric (3), Jokubaitis (8) and Nnaji (-).
  • 68 – Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade (21+11+17+19): LeDay (8), Papapetrou (6), Nunnally (10), Madar (2), Lessort (5) -initial team-, Punter (2), Smailagic (5), Exum (6), Brodziansky (3), Glas (-), Trifunovic (-) and Andjusic (21).
  • Referees: Olegs Latisevs (LET), Mehdi Difallah (FRA) and Sergio Silva (POR). No deleted. They signaled a technical foul to the visiting coach Zeljko Obradovic (min.19).
  • Incidents: game of the ninth day of the Euroleague played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 5,066 spectators.

The initial inspiration of Nunnallycomplemented by the attacks of Leday and the ex-azulgrana exum allowed the Serbs to dominate in the first act (15-21, min 10). Satoransky and Kalinic prevented the gap from being greater, but the question was not to score, if not that the Partizon did not do it so easily.

Two twists to the defense

When they realized this, at the beginning of the second quarter, the game took a different path much more favorable to their interests. suddenly heThe Serbs found themselves entangled in the forest with the arms and help of the Catalans, who were able to run and let their hair down in attack, with 3-pointers by Abrines and Higgins that allowed him to take command of the party (29-27, min 15).


Later continued to apply their defensive medicine to Partizon, whose game slowed down to unsuspected limits, without finding a single loophole in his rival’s defensive web. That translated into a 10-0 run led by the combative Da Silva (5 points and 9 rebounds) with which Barcelona opened a gap on the scoreboard (39-30, min 19).

Serbian offensive torture

the serbs they only scored two baskets in play in that second quarter. They held on thanks to free kicks (39-32, min 20). And at the resumption they threw themselves into the arms of Andjusic -unpublished until then-, to survive. Scored 13 points in less than four minutes to somewhat compensate for the emergence of Laprovittola, discreet until then, but enormous in the third act (61-45, min 27).


Abrines and Jokubaitis they buckled the triumph at the beginning of the last act (69-52, min 32). Partizon did not give up, but Andjusic (21 points in 17 minutes) was very alone and barely prevented the Bara from gaining more distance, which with the wind in favor he made Kyle Kuric reappear.

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