Barcelona, with the premiere of the Argentine Nicolás Laprovíttola, successfully began its intervention in the Endesa Basketball League in Spain today, by defeating UCAM Murcia at home, 85-78, within the framework of the opening day.
The match took place at the Palau Blaugrana and contained the following progression favorable to the last ACB champion: 26-14, 42-28, 58-58 and 85-78.
Laprovíttola, who arrived in this transfer market after not renewing a contract with Real Madrid, entered as a substitute and remained on the court for 13 minutes.
The 31-year-old base from Buenos Aires did not contribute points (in fact, he did not even try shots at the rim) and only collaborated with two steals and a rebound.
The top scorer of the ‘blaugrana’ quintet, led by Lithuanian DT Sarunas Jasikevicius, was forward Nikola Mirotic, with a balance of 18 points (5-8 in doubles, 2-5 in triples and 2-2 in free) and 4 bounces.
In the Murcian quintet, meanwhile, the Brazilian pivot Augusto Lima stood out, who finished with a roster of 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and one steal, according to the ACB website.
In another of the matches played today, Gran Canaria, with the contest of the Santa Fe forward Nicolás Brussino, beat Fuenlabrada as a visitor, by 92-87
The former NBA player for the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks contributed 8 points (1-5 in doubles, 2-5 in triples), 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and a 31-minute comeback.
Saturday’s results were as follows: Breogán 92 – Tenerife 73; Joventut de Badalona 85 – Bilbao Basket 79; Betis 102 – Morabanc Andorra 98 (in extra time) and Valencia 67 – Baskonia 72.