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Derby wins are always important, and this win (80-95) allows Pesic's players to ensure their presence in the Copa del Rey. Despite the final result, both teams had their moments, though the Blaugranes really pushed hard in the third quarter. Mirotic was excellent for the visitors, with the hosts ineffective and inaccurate at the basket at crucial points in the game.
Although Barça weren't comfortable in the first two periods, they did dominate from the beginning, and the basket from Prepelic was the only time the hosts were in front (38-36, min 17). Barça went in at the break with a +6 advantage (40-46), but it was after the restart when the green-and-blacks really suffered. The Blaugranes stormed ahead (42-59, min 25) and closed the third quarter 15 points up (60-75).
It was a deficit that Badalona were unable to overcome, giving Barça their 11th ACB win of the season. It's a victory that also allows Pesic's side to draw level with Madrid, should they beat them when they play each other next weekend.
Joventut de Badalona, 80
Joventut: López Aróstegui (8), Prepelic (13), Zisis (5), Omic (4), Harangody (4) –starters- Dimitrijevic (11), Buford (5), Morgan (18), Kanter (12), Ventura, Zagars.
Barça: Ribas (7), Hanga (14), Abrines (6), Tomic (8), Mirotic (23) –starters- Davies (12), Smits, Delaney (10), Kuric (15).
Partials: 14-21, 40-46, 60-75, 80-95.
Officials: J.A. Martín Bertrán, Vicente Bultó, Arnau Padros.
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