The Barça team wins (74-68) and maintains its fight for leadership
A more than outstanding performance of Thomas Satoransky (15 points, 19 rating) and Jan Vesely (15 points, PIR of 22), along with a devastating first quarter, were the great arguments for Bara to win a 74-68 victory with a lot of suspense against a Panathinaikos team that went from better to less and died on the bank. Dwayne Bacon (19 points), Papagiannis, Gudaitis y Afternoon (9 points, 20 efficiency) took center stage at many moments of the duel to make the Greek assault on the Palau possible, but their effort was finally annulled by a Barcelona team that knew how to suffer to finally win the prize.
Bara signed a tremendously serious first quarter in defense and devastating in attack from the perimeter. The Catalans, with eight three-pointers in ten attempts, punished a rival they sought to suffocate every time he had the ball. Laprovittolawith three successful throws from four attempts, and Miroticwith three of three, shone together with a Satoransky capable of distributing three assists, signing a steal and also scoring in a drive to the basket loaded with strength.
The 28-12 with which they reached the second period, far from weighing like a stone for Panathinaikos, led them to redouble their defensive efforts. Thus, after the azulgranas went up 17 points with a triple of Higgins, they closed the gap to be 11 down (31-20). The locals, despite losing some spark at both ends of the track, responded mainly with the quality of Satoransky to sign a timid escape that between Papagiannis and Ponitka, above all, polished to send the duel to halftime with a 43-30 in the luminous.
The moment of connection czech
Panathinaikos, once again, took to the track more in tune than Bara at the restart. Hooked on the effectiveness of Gudaitis and Bacon, they once again took a partial victory, by 19-21, which allowed them to stand in the last and final period 11 points behind the Catalans (62-51). On the local side, Satoransky, once again, Vesely, a flash of Mirotic and a very timely triple by Kalinic were the main arguments to prevent the Greek team from getting too far up their sleeves.
Something, get on their beards, which they did manage to do in the last quarter. Through, above all, the success of Papagiannis and Bacon, Panathinaikos, with a 7-17 run, managed to get just one point away from the Barcelona fans (69-68) to send the duel into a hectic final stretch. At the moment of truth, the Czech connection between Satoransky, author of a three-pointer that was quite a breath of air for his team, and Vesely ensured that the Barcelona fans, with suspense, finally ended up winning 74-68.
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