AX Armani Exchange Milan 75 - 70 Barça: Fight for first place falls short
Barça couldn't complete the comeback and go down to a second consecutive loss in Europe
It wasn't to be. Barça missed out on top spot in the EuroLeague at the Mediolanum Forum. The 75-70 loss was the second in a row in Europe, with AX Armani Exchange Milan controlling the game throughout despite Saras' men fighting back in the fourth quarter.
The Italians set the tone from the off
A tough start. Barça were seven points down after the first quarter and despite shoring up the defence in the second quarter, Olimpia went in 42-34 ahead at the break. Mirotic tried to raise the troops after the restart but a lack of accuracy from Barça led to the home side opening up a 13 point lead, with their defence proving particularly resolute.
Visitors react but comeback incomplete
A superb purple patch of 0-14 meant everything was to play for in the final quarter, with Barça even going 63-65 ahead at one point through an inspired Hayes-Davis, but Olimpia managed to see out the game, scoring freely at the end to win 75-70.
No time to dwell on the loss, though, as Barça travel to Monbus Obradoiro on Sunday 7 November (12.30pm CET) for a Liga Endesa game where they will want to get back on the winning trail.