ANDhe Barça continues its journey without blemish in this start of the Endesa League thanks to the victory it added this Sunday (61-78) on the Coosur Betis court, in a match in which the Barça defense asphyxiated the local team.
The culés added their eighth victory of the season in eight official appearances despite the fact that their star, Nikola Mirotic, did not travel to Seville due to physical problems, which did not prevent them from beating a green and white team that has four consecutive defeats and it falls to the place of descent.
The 0-8 partial that Barça endorsed Coosur Betis in the initial two minutes was misleading, since the Betic defense had improved substantially compared to previous days and those of Joan Plaza, with a lot of work in both areas, remained close on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter (15-19).
The good contribution from the bench by Kuric and Jokubaitis allowed the visitors’ advantage to grow to ten points (21-31, min. 15), but the locals remained alive thanks to their combativeness in the offensive rebound (ten sacks before the break ) and to Todorovic’s points.
The free throws – he threw up to fifteen in the third period – allowed Coosur Betis to cut the deficit to three points (50-53, min. 30), although two Barça baskets in the last minute, including a slap by Smits on the horn, led the Catalan team to face the final quarter with a certain margin.
Two triples in twenty seconds by Laptovittola and Smits fired at Barça in the first minute of the fourth period (52-63) and then the match was sentenced, since Coosur Betis lacked offensive resources to opt for victory.
61 – Coosur Real Betis (15 + 14 + 21 + 11): Pozas (5), Carrington (3), Almazán (5), Burjanadze (11), Todorovic (15) -starting five-, Evans (7), Brown (9), Agbelese (-), Luis García (-), Bertans (4) and Bleijenbergh (2).
78 – Barcelona (19 + 18 + 20 + 21): Calathes (7), Sergi Martínez (3), Hayes (5), Higgins (10), Davies (8) -five starting-, Laprovittola (11), Kuric (11), Oriola (2), Jokubaitis (7), Smits (12), Caicedo (2) and Ubal (-).
Referees: Benjamín Jiménez, Martín Caballero and Rubén Sánchez Mohedas. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of the fifth day of the Endesa League played at the Palacio de los Deportes San Pablo before some 4,500 spectators.