ANDhe Palau Blaugrana celebrated this Tuesday the recent conquest of the Copa del Rey with a victory over MoraBanc Andorra (107-88) in a postponed match of the Endesa League with prominence for the point guard Nico Laprovittola and the escort Kyle CuricBarça’s top scorers with 17 points each.
After a first period of scoring frenzy (28-33), the barca increased the defensive intensity before the break (52-49) and maintained the level after the interval (80-66), to defend the spoils with solvency in a bureaucratic last period (107-88).
laprovittolawith 10 points in the first quarter and 7 in the third, and Kyle Kuric, author of 14 points in the second period without shooting failure, were well supported by Brandon Davies, with 14 points.
Codi Miller-McIntyre (26 points) and Clevin Hannah (16 points) led the scoring of a MoraBanc Andorra that could not avoid the eleventh consecutive victory among all the competitions of the pupils of sarunas jasikevicus.
With the captain of the football team, Sergio Busquets, present at the foot of the track, the Barcelona pavilion celebrated in style the Copa del Rey title won on February 20 in Granada.
Captain Pierre Orioleinjured, and Nikola Mirotic they showed the title to the fans before kick-off. The preliminaries included the throwing of shirts by the players to the fans and the making of a mural in the stands with cardboard replicas of the cup while the Barça anthem played.
The MoraBanc Andorra He arrived in Barcelona more rested after two weeks without games, reinforced by the incentive that the arrival on the bench of a David Eudal that in the previous one he warned that his team, capable of winning on the Real Madrid court, was not going to change its way of playing.
The MoraBanc Andorra players made the corridor when the Copa del Rey champion went out to warm up and the courtesies ended there, since the Principality team bombarded the Barça rim from the three-point line from the start (10-17, min. 4), with a 6 of 10 in the first quarter.
The pupils of Jasikevicius accepted the challenge with a high rate of success (5 of 9 from the perimeter), so that the game turned into a frantic scoring exchange and Laprovittola (10 points in the first quarter), in a four-point action, awarded the first advantage to Barça (25-24, min.7).
The exit to the track Kuric, Rokas Jokubaitis and Sergi Martinez dried up MoraBanc Andorra’s outside game, but the irruption of Víctor Arteaga, unstoppable in the paint (10 points and 4 consecutive offensive rebounds), allowed the visitors to finish the first quarter ahead (28-33).
Also more aggressive near the rim, Barça regained control thanks to the success of Kuric (37-35, min. 14), author of 14 points in the second quarter without a miss in the shot, and managed to maintain a minimal lead at half-time ( 52-49) despite the volcanic duo formed by Hannah and Miller-McIntyre12 and 13 points respectively.
Barça returned from the most intense intermission in defense, with a Nigel Hayes-Davies hyperactive, and endorsed a quick 11-3 run thanks to five points from Sertac Sanli near the rim and two layups from laprovittola to the counterattack (63-52, min.23).
MoraBanc Andorra scored dribbles, with no antidote for the suffocating Barça defence, and Jasikevicius’s team widened the lead with the appearance of Brandon Daviswho forced four personal fouls and scored seven points in a row, and four triples by Laprovittola (73-58, min.26).
The game was seen for judgment at the end of the third quarter (80-66) and Barça dedicated the last period to increasing the advantage, giving minutes to the less usual players such as Rolands Smits or Sergi Martínez who were able to show off with acrobatic dunks that lifted the public of their seats (107-88, final).
In this way, the Catalan team took the first step to overcome Real Madrid in the table, first classified (17-4) ahead of a Barça that will take the lead if they also win the three commitments that have been postponed (14-4 ).
107- Barca (28+24+28+27): Calathes (8), Laprovittola (17), Exum (4), Mirotic (7), Sanli (12) -initial team-, Davies (14), Sergi Martínez (6), Smits (8), Hayes-Davis (2 ), Abrines (5), Kuric (17) and Jokubaitis (7).
88- MoraBanc Andorra (33+16+17+22): Hannah (16), Miller-McIntyre (26), Jelinek (7), Diagné (3), Morgan (7) -initial team-, Paulí (-), Llovet (3), Noua (2), Nakic (9) , Crawford (3), Colom (-) and Arteaga (12).
Referees: Carlos Cortes, Rafael Serrano and Carlos Merino. They signaled a technical foul to the local coach Sarunas Jasikevicius (min.16).
Incidents: Postponed match of the fifteenth day of the Endesa League played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 4,199 spectators. Before the initial whistle, the ten starting players and the three referees held up signs with the message “Stop the war”.