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Leandro Bolmaro caught fire against MoraBanc Andorra as he led Barcelona to a 79-63 road win in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
The 20-year-old points guard, who was picked up in the 2020 NBA Draft as the 23rd overall pick, shot 9-11 from the field on his way to career-high 26 points including 4-5 from the three-point territory.
Pau Gasol followed with 16 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes, his best performance since returning from the long pause due to injury as his playing time and contribution keep increasing gradually.
On the opposing side, Clevin Hannah logged 18 points and six assists in addition to Oriol Pauli’s 13 points.
Barca improved to a 28-4 record in the second spot, following Real Madrid (31-1) but in front of Lenovo Tenerife (25-7). Andorra (12-16) keeps the chase for a playoff spot but it will be no easy task to close in on the eighth-placed BAXI Manresa (15-17).
The Madrid rivals secured their 31st win and the best start in league history prevailing, 90-76, over Fuenlabrada. Jaycee Carroll recorded a game-high 20 points behind 8/14 field goals. Rudy Fernandez and Vincent Poirier put up 13 points each.
Fuenlabrada’s main attraction was Bassala Bagayoko. The Malian center became the youngest player debuting in the Spanish league. He registered two points and two rebounds over nine minutes.
ACB this week:
Hereda San Pablo Burgos – Casademont Zaragoza 95-98
Lenovo Tenerife – RETAbet Bilbao 86-67
Acunsa GBC – UCAM Murcia 78-88
Baxi Manresa – Movistar Estudiantes 102-101
Unicaja Malaga – Casademont Zaragoza 78-101
Joventut Badalona – Lenovo Tenerife 90-85
MoraBanc Andorra – FC Barcelona 63-79
Herbalife Gran Canaria – Hereda San Pablo Burgos 83-74
Coosur Real Betis – Monbus Obradoiro 88-87
Urbas Fuenlabrada – Real Madrid 76-90
Valencia – RETAbet Bilbao 99-90
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