ORn recovered Casademont Zaragoza inflicted on an unknown Barça the second defeat in the last two days in a victory that represents a new step towards the permanence of the Aragonese team on a Saturday of Glory that was really for a team in need of gaining confidence (76 -71).
After having broken a streak of seven consecutive losses last day in the victory over Monbus Obradoiro, the ‘rojillo’ team beat the ACB leader on a Holy Saturday that was more Glory than ever because they never lowered their arms anymore Despite being behind for most of the match, he believed in himself and added a victory that could be key to his future in the unbridled fight that reigns in the lower part of the classification to escape the burning of relegation.
Dragan Sakota’s team took advantage of another bad match for the azulgranas, who were very uneven, to advance towards continuity in the top flight in one of those matches that are not marked in red on the calendar, a priori, but that the Casademont Zaragoza had the virtue of fighting for the jackpot.
The Catalan team, in many moments, gave the feeling of being more focused on the first match of the Euroleague quarterfinals next Tuesday against Bayern Munich than in the Zaragoza pavilion and that allowed Casademont Zaragoza to have the opportunity for victory that ended at the end with a final quarter of 25-13.
Bad feelings for the Barcelona team thinking about the appointment with the Teutonic team.
The strong defensive pressure from Sarunas Jasikevicius’s team from the initial jump put a stagnant attack by the owners of the field in great trouble, who did not see a way to overcome their rival, who had to rush until almost the second end of possession and who , therefore, he only had a 21% success rate in field goals (3 of 14).
With the team drowning in attack, Barça was up 9 (5-14) in the 7th minute and it seemed that the game was going to break but the handful team, with a 6-2 run until the end, recovered some ground and prevented the distance in the electronic from growing hopelessly.
The Catalan team continued to lead the scoreboard but, even with mistakes and losses, Casademont Zaragoza survived with individual actions and punctual success thanks, in part, to an irregular Barça.
The azulgranas entered a phase of errors from which the only one who was saved was Alex Abrines, who with 8 points in the second quarter allowed his team to reach half-time maintaining the advantage of the first quarter, five points, which for the team was good news considering that he was not playing a good game, far from it.
The Barcelona team pressed the accelerator after the refreshment time, and again with a superb Alex Abrines who went up to 19 points, made the advantage grow to a maximum of 11 points but, again, the local team refused to lower their arms and with good defensive actions they reached the last ten minutes with dream options (51-58).
And more so when four were placed again shortly after the last act began. The team from Zaragoza believed they could win and despite the fact that Abrines insisted on complicating the match (26 points and a PIR of 25 at the end) they were able to turn it around led by Frankie Ferrari, Adam Waczynski and Christian Mekowulu with a partial of 25 -13 which makes clear the local superiority in the key quarter of the match.
76 – Casademont Zaragoza (11+19+21+25): San Miguel (2), Bone (-), Yusta (7), Radoncic (2), Hlinason (11) -starting five- Kilpatrick (5), Ferrari (16), Cook (-), Deon Thompson (-), Mekowulu (17) and Waczynski (16).
71 – Barca (16+19+23+13): Laprovittola (5), Calathes (-), Exum (4), Mirotic (12), Davies (4) -starting five- Sanli (8), Smits (1), Hayes (4), Abrines (26), Kuric ( 5) and Jokubaitis (2).
Referees: Jordi Aliaga, Javier Torres () and Joaquín García. They excluded Mekowulu (m.39) for personal reasons.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 29 of the League played at the Príncipe Felipe pavilion in Zaragoza before 5,732 spectators.