yesArunas Jasikevius, Barça coach, declared on Tuesday that “the games against UCAM Murcia are tougher than some of the Euroleague”, and stressed the importance of being tough to win on “one of the most difficult pitches in the League” .

“We also had to give the hosts that Murcia hits,” he also commented after the 87-89 victory achieved in the capital of Segura.

The coach of the leader of the competition, now with 20 wins in 25 games and a win advantage over Real Madrid, was satisfied with his team’s response after a poor start to the match, in which they went on to lose by 17 points (25-8).

“I want to congratulate our boys and our supporters for this victory achieved in a match that went more or less as we thought and prepared. The start was bad and we had to be much cooler. We didn’t find the offensive situations and that led us to go very low right away, although the next three quarters were very good for us and we played what we wanted on one of the most difficult pitches in the League”, he pointed out.

Regarding the attitude after that poor start, he said: “More than making adjustments, what we had to do is give the hosts that Murcia hits, which is a very physical and mentally tough team and we couldn’t lose that battle. The matches against this rival are tougher than some of the EuroLeague guys.

The Lithuanian, whose team has won the three games played against the Murcia team, the two league games and the Copa del Rey semifinal in Granada, all in trouble, said that he sees the university team “very well and with everyone very identified and going together in the same direction, which always brings good results” and added that the UCAM project is “one of the best projects of the ACB”.