Barça 87-68 Valencia Basket: Solid win to go into the final
Saras Jasikevicius' team put in a terrific defensive display to book a place in the Super Cup final
The final of the Super Cup will see Barça involved after an impressive 87-68 win over Valencia Basket in the semi finals. Saras Jasikevicius' team put in a great defensive display to book their place in Sunday's showdown.
Defences were on top from the start but it took a run of eight unanswered points for the blaugranes to take the lead at 11-8 early in the first half. Barça's excellence in defence allowed them to extend their lead to 27-16 at the end of their first quarter.
The second quarter followed the same script with Jokubaitis' basket sealing a 37-20 lead on 15 minutes. That advantage was maintained until half time when the sides went in at 45-28 to Barça.
The third and fourth quarter saw no let up with the lead stretching beyond 20 points at 67-44. Valencia came back but there was no hope of closing the deficit as Barça controlled proceedings to claim a 87-68 win.
MATCH STATS :
Barça, 87 Valencia Basket, 68
Barça: Calathes (4), Higgins (13), Hayes (7), Mirotic (7) and Oriola (5) -starting five-, Martinez (2), Smits (10), Kuric (2), Jokubaitis (10), Davies (15), Laprovittola (9) and Abrines (3).
Valencia Basket: Hermannsson (11), Ferrando (3), Claver (-), Pradilla (10) and Dubljevic (6) -starting five-, Puerto (11), Tobey (9), Bellver (3), Prepelic (9), Van Rossom (3), Bressan (-) and Jiménez (3).