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The Barça licks his wounds

The Barça licks his wounds.

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The Barça licks his wounds

The Barça licks his wounds

The Blaugrana team forget their last two defeats with a convincing victory (79-68) against Partizan


Barça forgot their last two consecutive setbacks and returned to winning ways after convincingly beating Serbian Partizán Belgrade 79-68 on Tuesday, in a game in which they struggled to start and which they decided after the break.

Sarunas Jasikevicius's team returned to the Palau Blaugrana after two close defeats at home against Turkish Anadolu Efes, in the top continental competition, and in the derby against Joventut, in the Endesa League, a new slowdown in their campaign that did not go to more against Zeljko Obradovic's men who put up a battle until the break.

The first 20 minutes were marked by equality. The visiting team showed their faces from their defensive work, but as soon as their rival began to pick up an attacking rhythm, they gradually fell apart and could not prevent them from clearly distancing themselves on the scoreboard.

The good start of James Nunnally (7 points) warned of a difficult night for Barça if they did not hit the key in attack. This facet cost the Catalan team again, badly from the triple (8/25), but which punished a Partizán on the rebound that it overwhelmed in the 'paint' on both sides (40 to 30, with 14 offensive) .

Despite this, the first advantages in the electronic were for the visitors, although not frightening. The Serbian team came to dominate 17-23 at the start of the second quarter, but that's when the Blaugrana reaction began, fueled by the three-pointers (Abrines and Higgins) and the energy provided by Da Silva.

One of the few actions of Laprovittola in this first act closed an 11-0 run (39-30) that turned a game that would no longer be matched at the restart when the best version of the Argentine point guard returned.

Between him and Kalinic, who seemed to have resolved his differences with Jasikevicus, they accelerated the local attack and Barça escaped on the scoreboard almost definitively against a Partizan where only Andjusic showed his face.

With nine of his 13 points and five of his six assists, Laprovittola led the rush that dismounted the match from a desperate Obradovic team with his team that faced the final ten minutes very behind (64-49).

The Catalan team continued to dominate a duel that served to see Kyle Kuric return to the court despite the fact that he paid for a certain offensive drought that allowed the visitors to have an option with two minutes to go (74-66), although there was no more excitement and the locals signed their sixth European victory.

--RESULT: BARÇA, 79 - PARTIZÁN BELGRADO, 68 (39-32, at rest)

BARÇA: Laprovittola (13), Satoransky (11), Kalinic (9), Tobey (5) and Sanli (8) --starting five--; Da Silva (5), Paulí, Vesely (4), Abrines (6), Higgins (7), Kuric (3) and Jokubaitis (8).

BELGRADE PARTY: Madar (2), Nunnally (10), Papapetrou (4), Leday (8) and Lessort (5) -- starting quintet--; Punter (2), Smailagic (5), Exum (6), Brodziansky (3), Trifunovic (-) and Andjusic (23).

-- PARTIALS: 17-21, 22-11, 25-17 and 15-19.

--REFEREES: Latisevs, Difallah and Silva.

--HALL: Palau Blaugrana.