CWith 21 points, 10 rebounds and 28 PIR credits, power forward Nikola Mirotic led Barça to their sixth consecutive victory after beating Monbus Obradoiro this Sunday (83-67) at the Palau Blaugrana, who stood up until the final minutes .
After a very even first half, the Galician team lost 10 points in the middle of the third quarter (48-38, min. 24) managed to tie in the final period (59-59, min. 34), when the scoring surge of the Barça veterans settled the game.
83- Barca (19+18+20+26): Calathes (9), Laprovittola (6), Hayes-Davis (7), Mirotic (21), Sanli (4) -initial team-, Sergi Martínez (3), Smits (6), Kuric (6), Davies (11 ), Exum (6), Jokubaitis (4) and Nnaji (-).
67- Monbus Obradoiro (19+15+16+17): Zurbriggen (2), Robertson (12), Scrubb (2), Suárez (3), Ellenson (13) -initial team-, Vicedo (-), Okouo (6), Beliauskas (5), Muñoz (2), Hobbs (5), Oliver (.) and Birutis (17).
Referees: Miguel Ángel Pérez Pérez, Rafael Serrano and Andrés Fernández. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Match of the twenty-first day of the Endesa League played at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona before 5,036 spectators.
Mirotic, point guard Nick Calathes and shooting guard Kyle Kuric drove a 24-8 run in the last six minutes that eliminated Monbus Obradorio who had center Laurynas Birutis (17 points) as his top scorer.
From the start, center Henry Elleson, author of five quick points, was a headache for Barça in the paint and forced two fouls that sent Sertac Sanli to the bench (8-8, min. 5).
Despite scoring collectively, with up to six players involved, Sarunas Jasikevicius’s team continued to flounder near the rim, with center Laurynas Birutis (7 points in the first quarter) taking over from Elleson (19-19, min. 10).
Between the mistake from the outside and the strong defense in the Monbus Obradoiro area, Barça were unable to attack smoothly (24-24, min. 15), but the aggressive penetration of point guard Rokas Jokubaitis charged the Galician team with fouls and the Catalan team was able to survive based on free throws.
The Compostelan team had a hard time scoring from the 6.75 line (2 of 11 in the first two quarters), so they insisted on playing inside with an excellent response from Birutis and Elleson, who scored 20 of their 34 goals at halftime.
At intermission, a pyrrhic advantage was reached for the Barcelona players thanks to three triples in a row by Nikola Mirotic (Barça’s offensive leader with 11 points), power forward Rolands Smits and shooting guard Sergi Martínez (37-34).
The Catalan team stepped on the accelerator at the start of the third quarter with seven points from center Brandon Davies and another three-pointer from Mirotic (48-38, min. 24), but the soft defense near their own rim kept Monbus Obradoiro in the game (50-47, min.26) improved in attack due to the appearance of shooting guard Kassius Robertson.
Four consecutive points from Smits and a buzzer-beating basket from Mirotic closed the third quarter with an electronic lead for Barça (57-50).
Point guard Dante Exum delighted the Palau Blaugrana with a powerful two-handed mate, but the Barça public watched the Monbus Obradoiro’s resistance with increasing concern as the end approached (59-59, min.34).
One more day, the veterans came to the rescue of Barça. Point guard Nick Calathes, shooting guard Kyle Kuric and Mirotic put an end to Monbus Obradoiro’s resistance from the perimeter (74-63, min.37).
The blow was definitive for the Galician team, which despite occupying the penultimate position in the classification, left a very good image at the Palau Blaugrana (83-67).