A very equal game right to the very end saw Barça claw back an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to help them win the match
It was a victory that consisted of constant struggle and perseverance to the end. Barça started off well, and their effectiveness at the basket saw them ahead 18-27 at the end of the first quarter. Berlin reacted at the start of the second period, however, and were level at 30-30 by the 14th minute. The hosts continued to grow in confidence, and were 46-38 up at half-time.
Higgins leads the comeback
In the third period Barça had greater control of the rebound and were faster in attack, and with the help of an inspired Higgins, the visitors went back in front (55-56, min 28). It became a real see-saw battle, with regular scoring at both ends, and then Álex Abrines took control with some baskets and triples late on to help Barça to the win (80-84).
Alba Berlin, 80 Barça, 84
Alba Berlin: Sikma (10), Eriksson (11), Giffey (8), Hermansson (17) and Thiemann (5) –starters-, Delow (-), Mattisseck (6), Ogbe (4), Cavanaugh (7) and Nnoko (12).