Referees: Francisco de la Maza, Carlos Cortés i Castillo. Sense eliminats.
Venue: Palau Blaugrana. 5.126 espectadors.
Barça Regal are 2-0 in the Endesa League and have the same hundred per cent record as the handball and futsal teams. Those teams have an amazing 14 wins in 14 games combined.
Xavi Pascual’s side quickly dispatched Asefa Estudiantes, in a game that was preceded by the presentations of the teams and the recently conquered Endesa Supercup, and a special mention for European champions Navarro and Sada. But the celebrations continued once the game got under way, with a stunning attacking display from Barça Regal. The win never really looked in doubt.
Power on the paint
The first period was a taster for the offensive festival that FCB were about to put on, with Lorbek and Ndong great from the outset. Estudiantes managed to hold on thanks to Gabriel, who scored all 12 of his team’s opening points.
Barça opted to mark the Caracas born player out of the game, and he didn’t score again in the first half. Lorbek and Ndong scored 8 each, before Pascual sent on Wallace and Vázquez who continued the onslaught on the visiting defence. Pepu Hernández called a timeout at 24-12, but to little avail. The period ended 31-19.
It was impossible to play at such a highly charged rate throughout the game, and the second period saw a certain resurgence from Estudiantes. Driesen took advantage and the visiting defence improved, but Barça Regal never really looked troubled. Rabaseda came on to score two threes and the lead was now +18 (43-25), with Ndong still strong in every position. The Senegalese star ended a wonderful half with a terrific shot, although Carlos Jiménez sneaked a late three to make it 47-35 at the break.
Champion second half
Barça Regal played their best ball in the third period, which they won 28-11, it was more than enough to seal the match. They went +30 at 73-42, and then started the final period with a 10-0 streak against an Estudiantes side that by now was resigned to defeat. A highly active Wallace was given a standing ovation when he was substituted, as was the whole team after a spectacular performance that suggests that there is an amazing season of FCB basketball ahead of us.