ANDhe BAXI Manresa It took much more than a match at the Palau. gave a whole manresazo, achieved an epic victory on a court where only the bravest win. After a forced extension by sylvain francis at the buzzer in regular time, Pedro Martínez’s team won the last quarter, 9-10, to take the match, 95-96, and dream of getting into the Granada Cup.
The Baxi Manresa, who set a frenetic pace throughout the match, managed to counteract Barça’s inside game, which hadn’t played in the ACB for almost a month, with a supernatural effort from Monek (18 points and 13 rebounds) and Bako (14 points and six rebounds). A partial of 27-8 sent the duel to rest with azulgrana color, 44-37.
The advantage of Jasikevicius grew to 10 points, 47-37, while James Naji He starred in an amazing debut in the ACB: At 17 years old he had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks beating, with a PIR of 19, the Barça record held by Navarro for a player under 18 years of age.
Manresa managed to balance the score in the third quarter, and the last period gave way to a crazy extra time after Francisco’s miraculous final basket. In extra time, the Barca lived supported by the success of mirotic that finished with 20 points, 11 of them in the fourth act and four in the added one. BAXI missed several free throws, especially Moneke, who compromised their victory.
Less than a minute later, Mirotic made it 94-93 with a triple that later increased to 95-93 with a free throw. But the second failed and that condemned Barça in the end. thomasson He was the villain and hero of Manresa. Villain because he committed an absurd attacking foul at 45 seconds that could have sentenced the game for the local team. And hero because 20 seconds later he scored the winning triple for his team… and they were his first points of the game. Two seconds away Nigel Hayes missed the final three-pointer and Manresa exploded with the enormous victory they had won.
95 – Barca (17+27+15+27+9): Laprovittola (2), Kuric (8), Hayes-Davis (17), Mirotic (20), Nnaji (10)-initial team-, Sanli (16), Smits (2), Higgins (2), Jokubaitis (15) and Ubal (3).
96 – Baxi Manresa (25+12+23+26+10): Dani Pérez (2), Thomasson (3), Valtonen (8), Moneke (18), Bako (14) -initial team-, Francisco (25), Dani García (7), Rafa Martínez (-), Vaulet (2 ), Maye (12) and Sima (5).