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Barça 72- 56 Alba de Berlín: Home court advantage in the play-offs confirmed
Barça's 22nd win in Europe sees them set fair for the next round
A hard-fought win at the Palau Blaugrana saw Barça defeat Alba (72-56) to seal home court advantage in the EuroLeague Playoffs.
Despite having nothing to play for this season, Alba Berlin took the game to Barça with the lead changing hands several times. The Catalans' short game was flowing but the Germans were making three-pointers when needed, 19-21 at the end of the first.
More of the same in the second, with the visitors managing to open up a six point lead (24-30, min. 15). However, the home side were still firing in attack and kept the score close going into the break (34-35).
Barça stepped up the pace after the restart, taking a four point lead (43-39, min. 25). Defence ruled for both sides at this point and the scoreboard was testament to that, but Barça scored seven in the last two minutes to open up a decent lead going into the last ten minutes (50-42).
Alba seemed to run out of steam in the fourth, the Catalans scoring 12-3 (62-45, min 32), before seeing out the game for a 72-56 win and home court advantage in the EuroLeague playoffs.
Alba Berlin, 56
Barça: Satoransky (6), Laprovittola (7), Kuric (7), Mirotic (11), Vesely (6) – starting five - Da Silva (2), Sanli (12), Kalinic (10), Abrines (5) , Higgins (4), Jokubaitis (2)
Alba Berlin: Lo (6) , Smith (5), Olinde (7), Sikma (4), Koumadje (2) – starting five - Delow (5), Wetzell (9), Schneider (6), Thiemann (2) ), lammers (7), Blatt (0), Zoosman (3)
Quarters: 19-21, 15-14 // 16-7, 22-14
Referees: Sreten Radovic, Joseph Bissang, Vasiliki Tsaroucha