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Barça 107-70 BAXI Manresa: Roaring into the semi finals
After a shaky first quarter the blaugranes show their class to reach the last four of the Copa del Rey
JOSEP GABERNET LÓPEZ (GRANADA)
A classy performance from the blaugranes sees them into the semi finals of the 2022 Copa del Rey thanks to a 107-70 win over Manresa. After a difficult start Jasikevicius' team scored more than 30 points in both the second and third quarter to take their place in the last four of the competition.
The initial phase of the contest did not augur well for Barça as Manresa raced into an 18-6 lead. Saras' men had to play catch up throughout the opening period and the quarter ended with Pedro Martínez's team 26-22 up.
Nevertheless, in the second quarter things began to change. Smits, Exum, Jokubaitis, Mirotic and the returning Abrines turned on the style with Laprovittola pulling the strings. Barça turned the game around in brilliant fashion to lead 52-42 at half time.
The second half in the Palau Municipal d'Esports in Granada saw the blaugranes extend their advantage and at the end of their third quarter their lead stood at 88-53.
Jasikevicius' team retained their composure and their prowess on offense to close out an impressive 107-70 win and book a place in the semi finals on Saturday against UCAM Murcia.
Barça, 107 Manresa, 70
Barça: Exum (11), Sanli (8), Laprovittola (10), Mirotic (14) i Calathes (4) -starting five- Davies (14), Kuric (7), Sergi Martínez (4), Jokubaitis (11), Hayes (4), Smits (9) and Abrines (11) Manresa: Moneke (4), Valtonen (7), Thomasson (14), Pérez (2) i Sima (6) -starting five- Francisco (19), García (7), Bako (9), Vaulet (2), Steinbergs (-), Martínez (-) and Maye (-)