Neither the long journey nor any issues off the court conditioned Barça’s third win in the Euroleague
They have beaten Unics Kazan to stay top of Group D, leading Montepaschi on points difference
UNICS KAZAN, 65
FC BARCELONA REGAL, 93
Unics Kazan (14+18+16+17): Samoylenko (2), McCarty (10), Jawai (7), Domercant (8), Wilkinson (5) –starting five- Lyday (14), Pashutin (-), Veremeenko (11), Greer (6), Savrasenko (2), Gubanov (-).
FC Barcelona Regal (23+21+25+24): Huertas (10), Navarro (19), Perovic (3), Lorbek (24), Eidson (5) - starting five - Sada (2), Vázquez (3), Wallace (-), Ingles (6), Ndong (5), Rabaseda (-), Mickeal (16).
Referees: Lamonica (ITA), Taurino (ITA), Herceg (CRO).
24 points from Lorbek, 19 from Navarro, 16 from Pete Mickeal, and 10 plus 8 assists from Huertas show that FCB had clear ideas tonight. Their direct, strong and defensively tight play was too much for a Unics Kazan side that had looked impressive, despite losing, against Montepaschi and Galatasaray. But Barça had done their homework and never really looked troubled.
Disconcerted by fouls
Lorbek took the reins early. The Slovenian was excellent with both the long and short game, while two straight threes from Erazem set up an early lead (9-17), which was then extended by Navarro (9-19).
The second period got off to a weaker start, with all kinds of fouls called against Barça Regal, eight in three minutes at one point. All that helped Unics regain points from free throws, with McCarty (4/4) getting his side back to 30-32, which is when FCB really started showing what they’re made of. Navarro started finding the basket and it was soon 31-44 after he laid up a fabulous assist for Marcelinho.
Barcelona started the third period with a 12 point lead (32-44), and knew what they had to do. Navarro again led the team, connecting well with Lorbek, and with major contributions also coming from Eidson, Ndong, Ingles and Mickeal, the Catalans moved the difference up to +24 at (41-65).
The game was well under control, but Barcelona didn’t ease off. Marcelinho even made a player as good as Domercant look like a junior at one point, and followed that up with the sixth of his eight assists, converted by Ingles.
Barça upped their lead to 28 points, and the game ended with that biggest margin (65-93), with eight points for Pete Mickeal (including two threes) and a block from Fran Vázquez finished the game, making it 3 out of 3 so far for Barça in Europe.