Morabanc Andorra - FC Barcelona Lassa: Catalan League Champions (65-68)
Barça turn around a 13 point deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take their first trophy of the season
First trophy of the season for FC Barcelona Lassa with Xavi Pascual’s side beating Morabanc Andorra in the final of the 36th Catalan League. It was not easy for the blaugranes as they needed a spectacular comeback led by new boy Pau Ribas. After three patchy quarters from Barça, they turned it around in the last quarter to claim the title for the 19th time in their history.
Things did not get off to the best of starts for the blaugranes as they were on the back foot almost immediately in the game. Xavi Pascual’s side netted just one of their first nine shots, leaving them 14-7 behind in the early stages. Barça fought back to end the first quarter trailing 16-14. However, at the start of the second quarter Andorra again extended their lead to 22-14 and by half time Peñarroyo’s team were up by 34-23. The third quarter passed by with Barça unable to cut the deficit and going into the final period they were still behind by 53-40.
The blaugranes confidence returned when it mattered most. From 53-40 down, the blaugranes recovered to trail by five at 55-50, two three pointers and two from the free throw line from Tomic getting them right back into the contest. The game took on a different colour and Barça for the pretty much the first time were ahead with two free throws from MVP Pau Ribas at 63-62. A three pointer with 40 seconds left decided the contest and two more free throws, this time from Doellman, gave Barça the title with a 68-65 come from behind win.