Galatasaray Medical Park (13+17+11+9): Shipp (-), Lakovic (3), Aldemir (5), Lucas (8), Ozer (11) -starting five- Koksal (2), Topaloglu (-), Shumpert (1), Açik (6), Andric (6), Sanli (4), Arslan (4).
Barça Regal couldn’t have cured the wounds left by this week’s two previous defeats in a better way. Against Galatasaray, on the day Jaka Lakovic returned to the Palau, there was nothing of real value to play for, save honour, because the team had already ensured mathematical qualification as group leaders in the Euroleague. Regardless, Barça ran rampant. The Catalans beat the Turkish side 79-50. It was an all-around fantastic game to end the first phase of the continental competition.
Clear intent from the start
Even though the game was meaningless for Barça Regal’s interests, the team was serious and concentrated on the court. Without Navarro, the team showed great variety in its offensive play. The home team went on a 5-0 run at the start, a lead they would grow to 17-6 in the blink of an eye (min 6). Barça Regal were knocking down triples, and as usual, their defence was strong. Furthermore, Sada was setting a fast tempo - unattainable for the rivals - and he kept on scoring, leaving the scoreboard at 23-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Both the managers constantly rotated in players. But, while Barça bench added to the team’s play (every player scored), the Galatasaray manager was having difficulty with his subs. Especially on offence, where the Turkish players where blocked four times in the first half. A triple from Lorbek gave Barça it’s largest lead (51-30) in the second period.
Barça keep on heaping the pressure onto Galatasaray in the third quarter. It took the Turkish side three minutes to score (55-32). It looked as if the visitors had given up and the Catalans took advantage, jumping to a 30 point lead (62-32, min 25). Ndong – 11 points in the quarter – and Wallace were dominating the post, the rebounds undoubtedly belonged to Barça.
Small let up on offence
Galatasaray missed seemingly easy shots, to their manager’s dismay. The Turkish side wasn’t on target during the game and they barely broke the 50 point mark. It was in the fourth quarter that Xavi Pascual’s men let up a bit. Especially on offence. Regardless, the end result says it all: 79-50. Galatasaray paid for Barça’s tough week, and the Catalans are undisputed leaders with nine victories and one defeat.