The Barcelona took the victory in his visit to Burgos, where San Pablo was measured on the eleventh day of the Endesa League. Those of Jasikevicius arrived after signing two victories this week in the Euroleague against CSKA and Asvel.
The first quarter was developed with a great scoring rhythm and a clear intention: to hit from long distance. Barcelona managed very poor percentages in this luck the first ten minutes, quite the opposite of the local team, with a few Benite, Rabaseda and Renfroe who punished Barça’s outer defense (50% success rate for the entire team).
Jasikevicius’s team ended the first quarter 16-21 in favor, but the feeling of not having dominated the match.
In the second episode, Barcelona did not achieve regularity in their game (6 losses in the first 12 minutes), missing the injured Calathes, absent due to an ankle problem that occurred in the last Euroleague clash.
They missed the Greek guard until Rokas Jokubaitis broke in, who ate the parquet every second he participated. In just seven minutes of play he reached nine points and it contained the rebellion of San Pablo Burgos. The culé team showed an astonishing security in the shots of two, which compensated the success from long distance.
Sanli then put on the overalls and Barcelona also came to dominate the rebound (6 offensive rebounds of 7 for the ruco pivot during the first half). The Catalans went into the break with a six-point lead.
The second half started with an overwhelming Barcelona, which had 14 rental points in the first minutes, but thanks to the drive of Vitor Benite and numerous disconnections in the construction of the game, Burgos managed to hold on to the game.
The secondary of the local team became strong, specifically Nikolic, who contributed six points in the third quarter. Those of Félix Alonso began to control the rebound and they began to look Barcelona in the eye.
The last quarter seemed even and the first minute ended with two triples that put the spice into the game. Kuric would bring sanity then and Sanli would break out like a cyclone from long distance. The pivot quietly completed a great game (19 points and 11 rebounds). Mirotic was also going to contribute to the victory with worthwhile defensive actions in the last section.
Burgos, even leaving flashes of a competitive team, could not discount an advantage that he already did knew how to manage Barcelona. With an incandescent Sanli and Jokubaitis in the final stretch, the reigning League champions secured their tenth victory in the competition.
Young Ubal had his moment too in the last seconds of play, scoring his first basket.
San Pablo Burgos – 69 (16 + 17 + 22 + 14): Renfroe (5), Benite (12), Díez (8), Rabaseda (2), Gamble (12) – Corbalán, McGee (12), Kravic (6), Queeley (2), Nikolic (6), Salash (4).
FC Barcelona – 83 (21 + 18 + 20 + 24): Laprovittola (10), Kuric (9), Hayes, Mirotic (12), Sanli (19) – Jokubaitis (18), Caicedo (2), Ubal (2), Davies (6), Martínez (2), Smits (3).