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Fuenlabrada 69-86 Barça: Back to winning ways
A tough win earned by a strong defence, and points from Davies and Kuric
Barça have got back to winning ways. The win at Fuenlabrada was the 16th in the Liga Endesa. Davies and Kuric scored in a game that was never really that comfortable, but the home side were kept sufficiently at arm's length.
Even start but slight lead at the break
Barça raced into a 0-7 lead that simply shocked Urbas Fuenlabrada into action. The Madrilenians reacted and despite the best efforts of Mirotic, Laprovittola and Davies, the score after the first quarter was 22-20 (min. 10). The second quarter saw both defences on top, with the score remaining tight, 26-27 (min. 17). A three-pointer from Barça's number 21 before a buzzer beater from Sergi Martínez opened up a 6-point lead at the break. It wasn't proving easy.
Lead extended and maintained
Barça scored 11 points after the break, with Laprovittola the orchestrator, the lead opening up to +15. Fuenlabrada weren't cowed, though, and remained in the game, going into the final quarter just 6 points down. Jokubaitis ensured that comeback wasn't going to materialise, however, and Kuric and Davies extended and maintained the lead to close out a 69-89 win.
Fuenlabrada, 69 Barça, 86
Fuenlabrada: Emegano (11), Samar (4), Alexander (16), Meindl (7) and Eyenga (-) - starters - Milosavljevic (12), Ristic (17), Fernández (2), Novak (-) and Bagayoko (-) Barça: Calathes (-), Laprovittola (13), Exum (7), Mirotic (6) and Smits (7) - starters - Jokubaitis (7), Davies (18), Sergi Martínez (8), Kuric (15), Hayes (-), Abrines (3) and Nnaji (2)
Quarters: 22-20; 9-17 // 22-24; 16-25
Referees: Emilio Pérez, Javier Torres and Héctor Baez