At the close of the 15th date of the euroleagueBarcelona could not overcome the locality of Valencia, which prevailed by 84 to 83 in a duel in which Nicholas Laprovittola he shone with 28 points. After having been up on the scoreboard in the first half, the Catalan team suffered the shortcomings of its stars, in a team loaded with talent and money, lor that forced them to fight from behind the entire complement. He was even one shot away from sending the game to overtime. Despite the defeat, Barca continues to be one of the leaders of the tournamentwhich now has a five-fold tie for first place.
The Fuente de San Luis Pavilion hosted, perhaps the worst game for the Blaugrana team in the entire Euroleague. During the beginning, the match was even: the first half ended 20 to 20 and the presence of Laprovittola, who finished that first quarter with two converted triples, although with little incidence in attack, while Valencia took advantage of the most passable area of their rival early: the painted area. The same situation occurred in the second set, where The Orange took advantage of the key entry of the Slovenian Klemen Prepelic (five points in a row) and the outstanding performance of his base Chris Jones to get a maximum light of seven points (41-34), to finally go up at halftime 41 to 38 against the blurred team of Šarūnas Jasikevičius.
The start of the plugin and its resolution seemed like different encounters. In the opening Barcelona got a partial 14-2 to go ahead by seven points. Then he suffered from the lack of his scorers, former NBA Nikola Mirotic (who joined three weeks ago with a torn Achilles tendon). and Tomas Satoransky, who finished the game with a meager six points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, the base from Buenos Aires of the Argentine National Team made his fourth triple of the night, thus reaching 17 points and putting the game only three away, 62 to 59 in favor of the locals, who had come from three defeats in the last three games.
The last set Barcelona was complicated by the fules (was on penalty with 7m30s to go) and Valencia came to get the maximum of 10 points (79 to 69) with three minutes to go. But the scoring figure of laprovittolawho, With 11 points at the end, he kept his team on the verge of extra time when the game seemed over. Nico dressed as a hero and assisted Mirotic, who with 14 seconds remaining scored his first triple in eight attempts and left the game one point behind, 81-80. After two free throws, Lapro had the tie in his hands, although he missed the decisive triple and Valencia took the win and remains in 11th place in the tournament, with seven wins and eight losses.
Laprovittola finished as the game’s top scorer with 28 points (6/11 on three-pointers), four rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes.. With this defeat, Barcelona equals fenerbahce, Real Madrid, baskonia Y Monaco in the first position of the Euroleague. On the side of Valencia, the scorer was the Cuban Jasiel Rivero, with 16 points, a rebound and an assist; Y Bojan Dubljevic he finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists.
This is how the Argentines are in the Euroleague
In addition to Barcelonathe other Spanish team that remains at the top of the Euroleague is Real Madrid (record 10-5), who is in 4th position due to other variables. In his last duel at home against Lyon, the white team prevailed 92 to 73 against the French with a couple performance from Gabriel Deck, who contributed 10 points and two rebounds in just 11 minutes on the court. The man from Santiago is averaging 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2 assists. After a streak of six consecutive victories in the continental tournament, Los Blancos fell to Monaco (2nd in the table) and suffered another setback against Kauno Zalgiris (9th). The next duel they will face will be against Baskonia (5th), on Wednesday, December 29, from 3:00 p.m. on DirecTV Sports.
On the other hand, the Red Star (10°) of Luca Vildozaand the recently incorporated Facundo Campazzo who has not yet made his debut in the Serbian team, he achieved an important victory in Greece against Olympiacos (6th), by 90 to 86, with 22 points, four rebounds and eight assists for the man from Mar del Plata, who became the figure of those from Belgrade, who are fighting to be among the eight best teams that will play the postseason. On date 16, the Red team will face Barcelona de Laprovittola at home, on Thursday, December 30 at 3:00 p.m. (DirectTV Sports), with the possibility of Campazzo’s debut against the Euroleague leaders.
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Laprovittola’s 28 points could not prevent Barcelona’s fall