Euroleague: A triple in extremis by Mirotic opens the way for Bara’s victory against Red Star | euroleague 2022


The Catalans, with another great performance from Satoransky and some good last minutes from Higgins, prevailed in extra time against a rival who had their best arguments in Dedovic and Petrusev

Mirotic, during the meetingANDREJ CUKICEFE

Nikola Mirotic He did not exactly have the best of days in Belgrade. It was enough for him, yes, with a stellar appearance, in the last breath, to force extra time and finally open the way for Bara’s victory against a Red Star who, for many minutes, had his foot on his neck (94- 99). Thanks, in this case, to a tremendously outstanding performance of both Filip Petrusev (24 points, 24 rating) and Nemanja Dedovic (24 points, 30 rating). Cory Higgins (15 points), in the last ten minutes of high voltage and, especially, a Thomas Satoransky (19 points, 28 efficiency) capable of punishing the Serbian team from beyond the three-point line and diligently directing the Barça attack were also decisive for those of Jasikevicius They will achieve a result that allows them to stay at the top of the table.

The Bara, led by an infallible Satoransky in triples, with four transformed in four attempts, and a Kalinic Tremendously motivated, but which ended up fading as the minutes went by, he had a completely devastating first quarter in Belgrade. This is attested by the 15-27 with which he ended a first period in which on the part of the Red Star apparently only Petrusev it seemed able to really take the pull. VildozaFor his part, he had to go to the changing rooms in the first instance due to an injury and ended up following the rest of the duel from the stands.

The Barcelona fans, in fact, promised them very happy at the start of the second quarter, when they managed to leave very early by 15 points on the scoreboard (19-34). The locals, however, caused their rivals’ lights to go out in attack and, thanks to the irruption of Nedovic, very good contributions from Holland and a Petrusev who maintained his good performance, turned the situation around with a 17-0 run that allowed them to get ahead again in the duel (36-34). They even managed to hoard a maximum advantage of four points (40-36) that Bara, through Satoransky and Laprovittola, managed to respond in extremis to leave slightly ahead at halftime (40-43) and recover, at least in appearance, the lost feelings.

Red Star’s Domain

Only, in appearance. During the third quarter and a large part of the fourth, it was Red Star who had everything in their hands to win. After the break, the locals continued to hit a Bara hard who, at times, seemed to find a tremendously missing Mirotic from the duel in the first half. The 65-57 with which they reached the theoretically last ten minutes of the match seemed like an almost unbearable slab. And things would get even worse when, almost at the stroke of a pen, the locals managed to leave by 12 in the light (69-57) as soon as the fourth started.

The opportune success in the triples of you open y SanliHowever, it radically changed a scenario that the Hispanic Montenegrin, with a shot almost on the horn, clarified almost definitively for his own when, once again, everything indicated that they were going to die on the shore. In extra time, nothing mattered the two consecutive techniques that cost Jasikevicius the elimination. There, in the real moment of truth, both Mirotic himself and Higgins would end up giving the final blow to a Red Star that, finally, would end up falling 94-99.

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