Barça win the first game in the EuroLeague quarterfinal playoff series against Bayern Munich
No better way to start than with a win. Barça won the first game in the EuroLeague quarterfinal playoff series against Bayern Munich by a score of 77-67. The Bavarian outfit were unable to regain control of the game from the second quarter onwards. Davies' drive, Exum's energy, and contributions from Laprovittola and Mirotic earned Barça the first point in the series.
The game started with little to choose between the sides, but gradually through defensive pressures and offensive actions by Exum and Davies, the scoreboard started ticking up in the home side's favour. Barça got their noses in front early in the second quarter and roared on by the Palau Blaugrana crowd, they didn't look back.
Laprovittola and Davies thrill
Driven by the strong rearguard action, with Laprovittola racking up the points, and an incessant Davies, Barça opened up a 10 point lead by the break, 43-33. Clearly things were working for the home side, but the away side's scoring had also dropped off.
Visitors comeback cut short
Bayern cut the deficit to just 2 points not long after the restart, but Jokubaitis and Mirotic both scored three-pointers, trying to halt the charge, but to little avail. Davies clearly wasn't pleased and returned to stretch the lead to +14 by the start of the final quarter, aided by Exum's exuberance.
Bayern still weren't lying down, scoring three three-pointers in a row. However, Barça managed to maintain control and take the first point in the EuroLeague quarterfinal series. Next game: Thursday, April 21, again at Palau Blaugrana.
Barça, 77 Bayern Munich, 67
Barça: Calathes (4), Abrines (-), Laprovittola (11), Mirotic (12) y Sanli (5) - starters - Davies (19), Sergi Martínez (-), Hayes (2), Exum (12), Kuric (-), Jokubaitis (7) and Smits (5) BayernMunich: Weiler-Babb (7), George (-), Lucic (20), Rubit (8) and Radosevic (5) - starters - Thomas (-), Hunter (7), Jaramaz (6), Dedovic (-), Sisko (2) and Hilliard (12)
Quarters: 20-22; 23-11 // 19-18; 15-16
Referees: Matej Boltauzer, Olegs Latisevs and Uros Nikolic