Without shining, Barcelona won a fundamental game in their aspirations to reach the final. The team of Nicholas Laprovittola beat Joventut as a visitor by 83-77 and went ahead in the semifinal series of the ACB Leaguewhich is now 2-1. The player from Buenos Aires played 11:35, in which he scored 10 points, dropped a rebound and gave two assists.
The visitors started with a 6-0 run, taking advantage of the fact that their rival did not have a good start in front of the hoop (0 points in more than three minutes with 0-5 shooting from the field). Birgander scored the first two points for Joventut (6-2), who nevertheless regretted a triple by Hayes and the entry of Laprovittola, who scored a burst of six points, with a 2+1 and a triple, for 23-14.
Cory Higgins has it under the gaze of Pau Ribas. (EFE)
The locals improved their aim and nailed a 5-0 at the beginning of the second quarter (23-19). The illusion grew in Badalona after two free by Parra (30-29). However, Kuric and Mirotic – on two occasions – scored three consecutive bombs to give air to their team, which went into the break with a difference of 10 (46-36).
around the break, Joventut closed the gap at the hands of Willis, who scored 11 points, to be within a shot of the tie again (48-45). In a bad quarter for Barsa in terms of points scored (15), Lapro hit a three-pointer again shortly after the end to give his team some air (61-53), although Basas then responded on the buzzer to keep the suspense going (61 -56).
Mirotic (left) was Barsa’s scorer. (EFE)
The last quarter continued in the same vein as the rest of the match, with a Barcelona that extended the advantage to ten units (70-60) but let their opponent get closer, in this case again to three points (77-74). The savior of Jasikevicius’s team was Calathes, who, with 2m50s to go, scored his only three-pointer to settle the actions (80-74) with 40 seconds remaining.
How is the series going?
after his victoryBarcelona went 2-1 in the series and match point remained, since the best of five games is played. The next meeting will be this Friday on the same stage.
Lapro hit a flurry of six points in the beginning. (EFE)
However, the Catalans have another point in their favour. In case of losing, they will have to decide next week at the Palau Blaugranasince the azulgrana club has home advantage for having finished first in the regular phase.
Real Madrid awaits in the final
Meanwhile, the real Madrid He calmly waits for his rival in the grand final. The merengue set, of gabriel deckwas 2nd in the regular phase and advanced solidly in the playoffs, where he did not lose a single game.
Deck’s Real Madrid (right) is already in the final. (EFE)
In the quarterfinals he took out Juan Pablo Vaulet’s Manresa 3-0 and in the semis he repeated against Baskonia for the same overall result.
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Laprovittola’s Barcelona got one foot into the final