ORA strong reaction after the break and the inspiration from Brandon Davies led Barça to victory over Joventut and to the final of the Catalan League.
Sarunas Jasikevicius’s team had to use themselves thoroughly after the interval to come back and establish a superiority that did not show in the first two quarters, where the Badalona team showed better.
And that the first minutes of the game invited us to think about an easy victory for Barça. The good start for the Catalans, with a 10-0 start in their favor, contrasted with the battle that Joventut raised throughout the game.
A time-out requested by the green-black coach Carles Duran caused a turning point that made the green-black fans who were present in the stands of the Nou Congost dream. Thus, the Joventut gave a partial of 0-13 to the Barcelona to be placed in front.
Saras Jasikevicius’s team was unable to stop the courage of a rival who, minute by minute, was increasing their advantage. A 3-pointer by Derek Williams placed the score at 14-25 and forced the Lithuanian coach to intervene.
The Barça, with a very distributed annotation, managed to cut distances. He even had the chance to equalize the match. But Joventut knew how to keep the lead on the scoreboard with incomes that reached seven points (24-31).
The Catalans continued with their attempt to react and were close to signing the tie before the break. A distant and forced triple by Rokas Jokubaitis did not find a basket and Joventut went to the locker room three points ahead (33-36).
Then, a 5-0 run around the break put Barça ahead many minutes later. It was a temporary advantage because Joventut was not daunted and thanks to his outside success they regained the lead (40-44, minute 24). However, the story was very different from that of the first half. On this occasion, Barça was not surprised and a favorable 14-0 opened a distance that seemed, if not definitive, very difficult for the Badaloneses to turn around.
Brandon Davies was a very important player on the stage where his team broke the score. The 65-50 at the end of the third quarter left little room for surprise. And the surprise did not come.
Despite the efforts of Duran’s players, Barcelona knew how to manage their income to end up winning 82-69 and qualify for the fourteenth time in a row for the final of the Catalan League.
At the end of the match, Jasikevicus was satisfied with the team play for “having done the basic things well” while Duran lamented the lack of energy in his team in the third quarter.
82 – Barça (14 + 19 + 32 + 17): Nick Calathes (5), Cory Higgins (7), Alex Abrines (6), Nikola Mirotic (9), Ibou Badji (4) -starting five- Brandon Davis (13), Roland Smits (7), Nigel Hayes (2) , Nicolás Laprovittola (10), Kyle Kuric (7), Rokas Jokubatis (11) and Sergi Martínez (1)
69 – Joventut (18 + 18 + 14 + 19): Guillem Vives (0), Joel Parra (9), Simon Birgander (7), Brandon Paul (5), Zsombor Maronka (7), – starting five- Yannick Kragg (0), Pep Busquets (9), Pau Ribas (0 ), Vladimir Bordziansky (9), Albert Ventura (2), Kriss Helmanis (0) and Derek Willis (19).
Referees: Óscar Perea, Arnau Padrós and Andrés Fernández. Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to the first semifinal of the Catalan League.