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Basketball, Euroleague: Barcelona overwhelmed in Vitoria, Unics also triumphs over Efes

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Also on Thursday of the 18th round of the Euroleague turns into an incomplete evening for the postponements of Asvel Villeurbanne-Bayern Munich (outbreak in the French house) and Panathinaikos Athens-Zalgiris Kaunas (outbreak in the Greek house), leaving the field to only three games.

Bitci Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz-FC Barcelona 94-75

The winning streak of the Barcelona leaders (15-3) stops at nine consecutive victories. And the defeat that breaks the magical period with which the Blaugrana have conquered the top of the standings is a terrible one. The Baskonia (7-11) unleashed the best performance of the season submerging the team of coach Sarunas Jasikevicius under a very heavy 94-75, son of an extraordinary energetic approach and of a total and constant hammering from the bow (14/30 team). Despite the absence of coach Neven Spahija and the front-court halved by the suspension by Landry Nnoko for disciplinary reasons and the unfinished recovery of Alec Peters (on the bench only for signing honor), the Basque team holds its own in paint against one of the most physical and internal teams in Europe and finds a plethora of protagonists, ready to alternate during the match.

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Rokas Giedraitis has a hot hand (20 points, 5/6 of three), Wade Balwdin offers another solid performance after last week’s career-high in Bavaria (16 points, 8 assists), while Steven Enoch e Matt Costello (13 + 10 each) quickly kills Brandon Davies (only 12 minutes of play due to fouls problems). Simone Fontecchio, silent in a complicated first half due to the natural sufferings in playing the role of tactician 4 against the quintet with the triple long fielded by coach Jasikevicus, explodes in the second half with an extraordinary third period: the blue cancels Nikola Mirotic with a constant defense in advance and unleashed the attack scoring 10 points in the decisive break of 34-20 with which Baskonia definitively breaks the game by launching himself on +20 at the last interval. At the end of the race, his box-score will say 14 points, 6 rebounds and a perfect 5/5 shooting.

Barcelona, ​​held at modest percentages from the field (42% by two and 38% by three), quickly runs out of flames of Nicolas Laprovittola (12 points and 7 assists but virtually disappeared after the first period) e Rokas Jokubaitis (11 points but 3/10 shooting), and does not find quality interpreters to support Nikola Mirotic (19). Always lacking long-term residents Nick Calathes and Alex Abrines, plus Kyle Kuric and Pierre Oriola (covid), the Blaugrana show, for the first time this season, signs of fatigue and physiological difficulties for a roster far from full potential.

  • Baskonia: Baldwin 16, Granger 10, Giedraitis 20, Sedekerskis, Enoch 13; L. Peters 8, Barrera, Marinkovic, Fontecchio 14, Costello 13. N.e.: A. Peters. All.: Gil.
  • Barcelona: Laprovittola 12, Higgins 2, Martinez 2, Mirotic 19, Davies 4; Exum 3, Sanli 13, Smits 2, Hayes-Davis 2, Jokubaitis 11, Caicedo 3, Nnaji 2. All .: Jasikevicius.

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Unics Kazan-Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75-67

L’Win Unics (11-7) recovered from the terrible defeat suffered in an overtime comeback in Barcelona, ​​also tripping the reigning champions ofAnadolu Efes Istanbul (9-9) with the score of 75-67. The absence of the injured party Tonye Jekiri sets the table for an extraordinary evening of John Brown: the ex-Brindisi writes 20 points (second best performance of the season after 21 last week at Palau Blaugrana) with 5 recoveries and 7 fouls suffered for 28 evaluations in over 36 minutes of play, infecting all teammates with an extraordinary energy charge.

Taking advantage of the Efes staffing difficulties, brought by Vasilije Micic and Kruno Simon (present but not used for unspecified physical problems), Unics leaps to an immediate 17-0 thanks to a blast of Mario Hezonja (9 + 9 rebounds) and resists opponents’ comeback attempts led by Shane Larkin (17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists but also 6 turnovers) e Bryant Dunston (15 + 8 rebounds, both season-high). Efes comes close to a single possession away on several occasions, but is systematically rejected in a painful way.

The Unics also has 12 silent but concrete points from a very good one Andrey Vorontsevich, a few rings from Isaiah Canaan (9 points, 3/7 from the arc), and a decisive contribution from Marco Often off the bench (9 points, 3 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes). Favorite in the fourth period to a Lorenzo Brown in doubt up to the tap-off, the blue point guard plays a final of enormous wisdom and personality scoring important baskets, including the runner for the decisive +8 at 44 seconds from the siren. Unics also overturns the goal difference in a double-comparison perspective (lost by three points in the first leg), while Efes sees a streak of three consecutive wins stop.

  • Unics: L. Brown 7, Hezonja 9, Uzinksii 3, Vorontsevich 12, J. Brown 20; Spissu 9, Canaan 9, Brantley 6, Klimenko, Mayo. Ne: Komolov, Zaitcev. All .: Perasovic.
  • Anadolu Efes: Larkin 17, Beaubois 5, Anderson 8, Moerman 5, Pleiss; Singleton 11, Bryant 6, Gazi, Petrusev, Dunston 15. N.e.: Micic, Gecim. All.: Ataman.

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Red Star mts Belgrade-Zenit St. Petersburg 76-80 OT

The external overtime success for the evening closes the picture of the evening 80-76 of the Zenit St. Petersburg (12-6) on the parquet of the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade against Red Star (7-11). The great ex of the evening decide. Jordan Loyd, dry for over 39 minutes, achieves the basket that forces the extension to 37 “from the regulation siren and adds another 6 points in the extra-time (on the 11 team). Billy Baron, much more continuous, he signs his season-high shooting 25 with 6 assists (5/9 of three). For the Red Star, in the second consecutive knockout that slows down the attempt to climb back to the playoff area, the 21 with 6 assists of Nate Wolters (season-high) and the 15 of the other ex, Austin Hollins. Zenit, with their fourth consecutive success, are now fourth in the standings behind Olympiacos Piraeus (12-5), stopped by covid.

  • Red Star: Wolters 21, Hollins 15, Kalinic 13, Mitrovic 11, Kuzmic 9; Lazarevic, Lazic 2, Simonovic 2, Ivanovic 2, Markovic, White 1, Zirbes. All.: Radonjic.
  • Zenit: Frankamp 4, Loyd 8, Ponitka 5, Zubkov 8, Mickey 13; Karasev 5, Kulagin 3, Baron 25, Pushkov 2, Kuzminskas, Poythress 7. Ne: Zakharov. All .: Pascual.

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